- Identify the position for which you are applying and the way in which you learned about it.
- Indicate why you are applying for this particular position.
- Keep in mind that the potential employer presumes you are a qualified applicant.
- Indicate your main qualifications as they pertain to the job.
- Refer the reader to your enclosed resume.
- Request action! Under no circumstances should you adopt a subservient attitude.
Main Components of a Cover Letter
Your Street Address
City, State, ZIP
Ms. Hailey Smith
Director, Human Resources
Wayne Public Schools
2600 Madison Avenue
Washington, DC 70890
Dear Ms. Smith:
The opening paragraph should arouse the interest of the employer. State why you are writing and give information to show your interest in this specific organization. If it is a letter of application, name the position for which you are applying and how you heard of it.
The middle paragraphs should create a desire on the part of the employer to know more about you. Explain why you are interested in working for this employer. Point out some of your achievements or qualifications in this field, especially those that meet the job description or requirements. ( Do not disclose all, only what is relevant. )
Refer the reader to your general qualifications on your enclosed resume. Highlight important points from your resume. Also highlight points that will be of particular interest to this specific organization.
The closing paragraph should pave the way for the interview by asking for an appointment, or by offering to call the employer in the near future, or by some similar suggestions to facilitate an immediate and favorable reply.
Karen E. Jones
Enclosure (You are noting that you have enclosed your resume.)