The Cover Letter A cover letter usually accompanies or “covers” a resume/job application. You want the cover letter to grab the readers’ attention. Be creative and elaborate on some of your strengths and skills, but keep it short. Parts of a cover letter are: Opening – The opening is your initial paragraph. Make it interesting enough so that an employer will want to read on. Indicate your reason for writing, the specific position or type of work you are applying for, and how you learned about the job. The body of the letter- This is where you give enough specific information so the employer knows you have sufficient qualifications for the position you are seeking. Mention why you are interested in the position, the company, and its products or services. Include any training, experience and/or education that qualifies you for the position. Closing – Request an interview. You may want to request dates and times or be flexible enough to meet at the employer’s convenience. Model of a Cover Letter Your name Address City, State, Zip Code Phone Number Name of Contact Person Title Organization Address City, State, Zip Code Dear (contact person) Opening Paragraph: Write a catchy opening sentence to make the reader want to continue reading. Give a general statement regarding your qualifications for the job. Include the title of the job for which you are applying. Tell how you learned about it. Body: Refer to the skills required by the position. State the skills/strengths you will bring to the job that align with those needed to fill the position. Give examples of your skills and work experience and how they will transfer to the position. Closing Paragraph: Refer to documents enclosed or available, such as your resume/ reference letters. Request an interview.