Then review cover letter samples to get ideas on writing your own cover letter.
Covering Letter Template
Your Contact Information
The first section of your cover letter should include information on how the employer can contact you. If you have contact information for the employer, include that. Otherwise, just list your information.
Your Street Address
Your Town or City
Your Post Town, Postcode
Your Phone Number
Your Email Address
Employer Contact Information
Town or City
Post Town, Postcode
Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:
Body of Cover Letter
The body of your cover letter lets the employer know what position you are applying for, why the employer should select you for an interview, and how you will follow-up.
The first paragraph of your letter should include information on why you are writing. Mention the position you are applying for. Include the name of a mutual contact, if you have one. Be clear and concise regarding your request.
The next section of your cover letter should describe what you have to offer the employer. Convince the reader that they should grant the interview or appointment you requested in the first paragraph. Make strong connections between your abilities and their needs. Mention specifically how your skills and experience match the job you are applying for. Remember, you are interpreting your resume, not repeating it. Try to support each statement you make with a piece of evidence. Use several shorter paragraphs or bullets rather than one large block of text.
Conclude your cover letter by thanking the employer for considering you for the position. Include information on how you will follow-up. State that you will do so and indicate when (one week's time is typical). You may want to reduce the time between sending out your resume and follow up if you fax or e-mail it.
Handwritten Signature (for a mailed letter)
Covering Letter Writing Tips
When you are writing a covering letter for a job, it's important to properly format and space your letter. It is also important to include information on the job you are applying for, to mention your qualifications for the job, and to explain why you would be an assest to the employer. Here are tips for writing covering letters for CVs and resumes.
More Sample Cover Letters
Cover letter samples for a variety of career fields and employment levels, including an internship cover letter sample, entry-level, targeted and email cover letters.