Sample Cover Letter
456 College Hall
Normal, IL 67890
February 16, 20XX
Ms. Jane Doe
Big Public Accounting, Inc.
123 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 12345
I was referred to you by Mr. Dave Zbecki, a Partner with your New York office, who
informed me that the Chicago office of Big Public Accounting is actively seeking to
hire quality individuals for your Auditor Development Program.
I have more than two years of accounting experience, including interning as an
Auditor last year with the New York City office of Ernst & Young. I will be receiving
my BBA this May from Illinois State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. I am
confident that my combination of practical work experience and solid educational
experience has prepared me for making an immediate contribution to Big Public
Accounting. Having interned with a leading firm in the public accounting field, I
understand the level of professionalism and communication required for long-term
success in the field. My background and professional approach to business will
provide your office with a highly productive Auditor upon completion of your
I will be in the Chicago area the week of March 16. Please call me at 217-222-3456
to arrange a convenient time when we may meet to further discuss my background
in relation to your needs. If I have not heard from you by March 9, I will contact your
office to inquire as to a potential meeting date and time. I look forward to meeting
Tracy Q. Graduate
Tracy Q. Graduate
This type of cover letter will pay back far greater returns than the simple
“introduction to me” letter that most people use. Remember that a successful cover
letter is a marketing tool used to move your customer one step closer to buying your
product. Customers do not buy features, they buy benefits. So make sure you drive
home your benefit to the customer!
Your cover letter should always be persona lized. “To whom it may concern” is an
And keep in mind that many employers look to the cover letter as an example of
your written communication skills. Resumes are often written and proofed by others,
but cover letters are typically never proofed. Make certain your cover letter is spell-
checked, grammar-checked, and proofed by someone other than yourself.
I realize that no matter how many times or ways I say it, people will copy this
example cover letter almost verbatim. If you do, you will be spotted as having used
a canned letter. Take the time to do it right.
Cover Letter Template
Following is a template cover letter that you can use as a starting point for your own cover
letter. Don’t copy it word for word, but use it as a guideline.
Your street address (line 10--12)
City, State, zip
Month Day, Year (current date)
Balance the letter on page by adjusting the spacing here. Even if you are applying
electronically, the employer may print this out to read, so it should look nice.
Mrs. Jane Doe
Human Resources Director
Company Street Address
City, State, zip code
Dear Mrs Doe:
I read with interest your advertisement for engineering positions at ABC Company. Your
company is one of the leaders in the electronics industry, and I am interested in being
employed by a company with your background.
Enclosed is a copy of my resume that details my academic qualifications and practical
experience gained through the cooperative education program. As you can see from my
resume, I have a firm foundation in electrical engineering.
Thank you for taking your time to review my resume. I would welcome the opportunity to
discuss how my education, practical skills, and background would qualify me to be a member
of the ABC Company.
Please contact me at 555-555-5555 or email@example.com to set up a time for an interview. I
look forward to hearing from you.
(3-4 blank lines)
Your Signature goes here if sending hard copy.
John Jones (your typed name)
Use “Enclosure” at the end if you are submitting your cover letter and resume via hard copy