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Cover Letter

To apply for higher level jobs, you usually have to submit a resume and a cover letter. You should tailor the cover letter to each job that you apply for so that the employer can tell that you researched the company and you are excited about working for them.

Write a cover letter for a job you might apply for one day and post it in your file cabinet. (You can use the attached cover letter template as a guide.) That way you will have a draft ready which you can update when you apply to a job.

Sample Cover Letter
This is a cover letter writing template from JobStar:

Your name
Mailing address
City, state, and zip
Telephone number(s)
Email address

Today’s date

Your addressee’s name
Professional title
Organization name
Mailing address
City, state and zip

Dear Mr. (or Ms.) last name,

Start your letter with a grabber—a statement that establishes a connection with your reader, a probing question, or a quotable quote. Briefly say what job you are applying for.

The mid-section of your letter should be one or two short paragraphs that make relevant points about your qualifications. You should not summarize your resume! You may incorporate a column or bullet point format here.

Your last paragraph should initiate action by explaining what you will do next (e.g., call the employer) or instigate the reader to contact you to set up an interview. Close by saying “thank you.”

Sincerely yours,

Your handwritten signature

Your name (typed)

Enclosure: resume

David Arias,
Nov 10, 2010, 8:30 AM