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									                 MODEL COVER LETTER (Sample on back side.)
(Cover letters are used to introduce your resume. Cover and thank you letters should be limited
to one page when possible and printed on the same resume paper as your resume.)

Your Street Address
City, State, Zip Code
(Space down four spaces)
Mr./Ms./Dr. Recruiter’s Full Name
Recruiter’s Title
Department Name
Company Name
Street Address
City, State Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms./Dr. Last Name Only:

The opening paragraph should state why you are writing and why you are interested in the
organization. If you are writing a letter of application, you should name the specific position for
which you are applying and explain how you learned about the position, i.e., the name and date
of the newspaper where you saw the advertisement. Also, tell the employer how you became
aware of the vacancy. If you were referred to the employer by a career counselor, a former
employer or someone else, this is the best place to mention that person’s name and to point out
that he or she suggested you write. A letter of inquiry should provide evidence of your career
focus; it helps to refer to specific job functions, if not titles, when trying to determine if a
vacancy exists.

The middle paragraph is where you draw attention to your resume and highlight specific skills
relevant to the potential employer. Present your motives for seeking employment with this
organization and cite achievements and qualifications related to the position desired. If you have
qualifications that are not noted on your resume, this is your opportunity to discuss them.

A third paragraph may be used to discuss your personality characteristics as they relate to the job
description. You can describe yourself by saying “I believe you would find me to be an
ambitious self-starter…” or “I believe my supervisors would describe me as…”

The closing paragraph states what you will do next (such as calling to arrange an interview at the
employer’s convenience) or what you would like the recipient of the letter to do next. An
assertive statement explaining what you plan to do and what you hope the employer will do is
harder to ignore than a vague request for consideration.

(Your signature here)
Your Name Typed

Enclosure (This indicates that your resume and/or additional materials are enclosed.)

       Career Services ▪ Greenville College ▪ Ruby E. Dare Library ▪ (618) 664-6617
              SAMPLE COVER LETTER (Explanation on front side.)
                               (Used to introduce your resume.)
123 College DR
Greenville, IL 60000-0000
(555) 555-5555
March 26, 200_

Mr. Steven Corcoran
College Recruiting Manager
100 Southgate DR 3A-01
Morristown, NJ 07960-1234

Dear Mr. Corcoran:

I am interested in applying for the Project Assistant position as advertised in the St. Louis Post-
Dispatch on March 25, 200_. I read in the St. Louis Commerce Magazine that AT&T has applied
innovative ideas in product planning and marketing research which has helped AT&T continue to
be a leader in the telecommunications industry. In May I will graduate from Greenville College
with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. I would
very much like to begin a career in marketing with AT&T and have enclosed my resume for your

You will note that through my internship at Hill and Knowlton, I participated in marketing
research activities related to pre-packaged bakery products. My experience included presenting a
marketing proposal to Continental Bakeries regarding a new product which they would be
introducing. A number of different slogans were included in the proposal and the one I
developed was selected! I believe that I have the research and marketing skills required to be a
contributing member of the AT&T organization.

I would appreciate an opportunity to meet with you to further discuss my qualifications and to
learn more about specific opportunities with AT&T. I will call you early in April to set up an
appointment to meet with you. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to talking with


Kelly Smith


(When an employment posting asks applicants to include salary requirements or salary history,
you may address this in the cover letter with a comment such as “An acceptable salary range for
me would be $29,000 to $34,000. I would be willing to discuss my salary requirements with you
further upon learning more about the specific responsibilities for this position.”)

       Career Services ▪ Greenville College ▪ Ruby E. Dare Library ▪ (618) 664-6617

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