March 21, 1995
Mr. John Stone
Director of Marketing
Madison, WI 53706
Dear Mr. Stone:
Opening: The first paragraph must spark the employer's interest. State
your reason for writing, making sure to identify the position or type of
work for which you are applying. I am writing to express my interest
in... I will graduate from Brandeis University in May, 1995 with a B.A.
in... Also, indicate how you heard about the opening...which was
advertised in The Boston Globe... State why you are interested in
working for this particular employer. The research position at ABC,
Inc. is particularly interesting to me because...
Middle: The middle one or two paragraphs is your opportunity to sell
yourself to a prospective employer. State your capacity to succeed in
the specific field or position. My qualifications are based on a
combination of... Emphasize your key qualifications. Tie in pertinent
information gained from your research about the position or
Remember, your resume states what you have done; the cover letter must
integrate this with what you have learned. Include a final sentence
which summarizes the strength of your candidacy. These experiences
demonstrate my ability to...
In this paragraph, state clearly what happens next. Provide the
employer with additional information and again emphasize your career
objective. Enclosed is my resume for your review... In most cases
indicate that you will call the employer to arrange an interview. I
will contact your office...to arrange an interview... Keep the
initiative on your side.
Include contact information should your cover letter and resume become
separated. If you need additional information, please call me at...
(Remember to sign your name)