Cover Letter Format

Your Present Address
City, State Zip Code
Date of Letter
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Individual's Name
Title
Company Name
Street Address
City, State Zip Code

Dear ____________,

First Paragraph: Indicate the reason for writing, the specific position or type of work for which you are applying, and how you learned of the opening. Mention why you are interested in the position, the organization, its products or services. You may wish to include the name of the contact who referred you to the company/opportunity.

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Second Paragraph: Promote yourself! Refer the reader to your enclosed resume that summarizes your qualifications, training, and experience. Explain how your academic background, specific achievements, and unique qualifications make you a qualified candidate for that specific position. Indicate what you can do for the employer.

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Third Paragraph: Express your desire for a personal interview. You may want to indicate alternative dates or simply advise the employer of your flexibility to the time and place. Close the letter with a statement that will encourage a response. For example, say you will be in the city where the organization is located on a certain date and would like to set up an interview. You should always indicate when and how you will follow the letter with a phone call.

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Sincerely,
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(Your handwritten signature)
Your Name Typed