SAMPLE COVER LETTER
Comment [MDM1]: Return address: Where you
would like a reply sent
932 E. Lincoln Avenue
Oshkosh, WI 54901
October 27, 2009
Ms. Kathy Brown Comment [MDM2]: Always try to get a name of
the person who will be reviewing the applications.
Manager, Human Resources Department
Bracken Blue Technologies
819 Mayfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60682
Dear Ms. Brown: Comment [MDM3]: Never use “To whom it may
Comment [MDM4]: Use a colon, not a comma.
In response to your recent advertisement in the Chicago Tribune, I would like to apply for the
position of Personnel Assistant. I recently read with interest an article about Bracken Blue
Technologies in the New York Times. Your company’s research in the area of employee Comment [MDM5]: Indicate where you learned
about the position and why you are specifically
maximization through establishment of on-site exercise and nutrition classes is an area of special interested in this organization.
interest to me. My goal is to begin a career in Employee Relations with a company that shares
this perspective. Comment [MDM6]: Include your career
objective or goal in this section.
My qualifications are based upon a combination of education and work experience. While
Comment [MDM7]: This is your sales paragraph.
completing my major in Sociology and a minor in Business Administration at the University of Sell your skills, experiences, and address how you
Wisconsin Oshkosh, I studied topics such as Wage and Salary Administration, Human Relations have the specific qualifications the employer desires
through a combination of your cover letter and
Management, and Social Statistics. I also completed an Honors Thesis entitled “Keeping Your resume.
Employees Healthy: A Study in Employee Retention”. These courses gave me an understanding
of the challenges faced by personnel specialists. While pursuing my degree, I completed a
Benefit Management Internship with YYK Industries. This experience provided practical
knowledge and experience in areas such as insurance plan management and FMLA
My resume is enclosed for your review. I will contact you the week of February 10 to arrange a Comment [MDM8]: Indicate your future
plan of action.
mutually convenient time to discuss my qualifications for this position. Thank you for your time
Comment [MDM9]: . Make sure to contact them
and consideration. unless they note(in the job posting) to not contact
them. I set the date as two weeks later if sending via
US Mail, one week if submitting my materials
SIGN HERE Comment [MDM10]: Always sign the
document. If sending electronically scan a copy of
your signature and save it as a .jpg. Insert that
Oliver O. Oshkosh signature here.
Enclosure Comment [MDM11]: A reminder that the letter
has an enclosure