Cover Letter Format and Sample

Cover Letter Format

Your Street Address
City, State, Zip

Today’s Date

(4 Spaces)

Mr./Ms. Employer
Appropriate Title
Company Name
Street Address
City, State, Zip

Dear Mr./Ms. Employer:

First Paragraph – Arouse Interest

Tell why you are writing, name the position for which you are applying and tell how you heard of the opening.  If someone referred you to this opening, mention their name.

Second Paragraph – Create Desire

Give details of your background that will show the reader why he/she would consider you as a candidate.  If you have a description of the job requirements, try to match your skills and background to these requirements as much as you can.  Be as specific as possible about the kind of job you want.  Refer the reader to your general qualifications on your enclosed resume or other material.

Last Paragraph – Ask for Action

Have an appropriate closing to pave the way for the interview by giving your phone  or by offering some similar suggestion of an immediate and favorable reply.

Sincerely,

(4 spaces) YOUR SIGNATURE

John Doe


Cover Letter Sample

594 Post Drive
Philadelphia, PA  12345

Today’s Date

Ms. Mary Smith
Recruitment Manager
Boscov’s Department Store
Granite Run Mall
Media, PA 19063

Dear Ms. Smith:

I am writing to apply for the management trainee position which appeared on your company website.  With an Associate Degree in Retail Management and extensive retail experience, I am certain that I could make a positive contribution to your store.

As you can see from my resume, for the past two years I have worked part time and summers in a large department store.  With over 1500 hours of in-store retail experience, I have learned many practical aspects of retail management including customer service, inventory selection, and promotional events.  Additionally, my ability to learn quickly and my demonstrated commitment to hard work should prove to be an asset to your company.

I am confident that I can offer you the skills (name specific skills) you are seeking.  Feel free to call me at 555-555-5555 (home) or 555-555-5555 (cell) to arrange an interview.  Thank you for your time.  I look forward to learning more about this opportunity!

Sincerely,

 

James Stewart

Enclosure: Resume

NOTE:

 TYPE EACH COVER LETTER INDIVIDUALLY. DO NOT SEND A PREPRINTED COPY. ADDRESS EACH EMPLOYER BY NAME AND TITLE.