Cover Letter (Application Letter) Model
First and Last Name
City, State, Zip-code
Dear Ms./Mr./Dr. Last Name,
1. [WHY are you writing this? WHERE did get to know about the job opening? WHO is
supposed to read this?] The first paragraph of your cover letter should get the reader's
attention, stimulate interest, and be appropriate for the job you are seeking. You should
make your goal clear to readers, and preview the rest of your letter. It is also appropriate to
mention where you learned of the job opening.]
2. [What qualifications, including your educational backgrounds, working experiences, and
professional certifications, do you have?] Focus on your two or three strongest
qualifications for a position in your cover letter. Even only one strong qualification is
enough to discuss in a cover letter. Each qualification you discuss should be placed in its
own paragraph, and your letter as a whole should not exceed one typed page.
3. [How are qualified for the job?] Each body paragraph should begin with a topic sentence
that highlights one qualification. This qualification should be illustrated with specific
details, and you should demonstrate how this qualification will benefit the employer. Ask
the reader to refer to your resume, if possible.
4. [What action do you expect the reader to take?] Your conclusion should ask for a
personal interview (be flexible regarding a date and time for the interview), be specific
about how the interviewer should contact you, and include a thank you.
7 Apple Court
Eugene, OR 97401
Mr. Archie Weatherby
California Investments, Inc.
25 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Dear Mr. Weatherby,
I was very interested to see your advertisement in yesterday’s Daily News for
a position as an insurance broker for California Investments, Inc. My outgoing
personality, my sales experience, and my recently completed education make
me a strong candidate for this position.
I recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in marketing,
where I was president of both the Future Business Leaders of America and
the American Marketing Association.
Although a recent graduate, I am not a typical new graduate. I attended
school in Michigan, Arizona, and Oregon. And I've put myself through these
schools by working such jobs as radio advertising sales, newspaper
subscription sales, and bartending, all of which enhanced my formal
I have the maturity, skills, and abilities to embark on a career in insurance
brokering, and I'd like to do this in California, my home state.
I will be in California at the end of this month, and I'd like very much to talk
with you concerning a position at California Investments. I will follow up this
letter with a phone call to see if I can arrange a time to meet with you.
Thank you for your time and consideration.