A letter that accompanies your resume. You use it to respond to a job ad, follow up on a lead, or want to indicate interest in a company.
To introduce yourself and your resume and to get a job interview.
Address a specific person. Call the company to find out the hiring manager’s name and correct address (if not outlined in the job ad) If you are unable to find a specific person address the letter “To Whom it May Concern” or “Dear Sir/Madam.”
Neatly typed Free of errors Follows standard format (see sample cover letter in module 3) Include your name, full address and contact information Included the date, name of person hiring and the company’s address
Clearly explain your purpose for writing the letter – to apply for a job. State the job you are applying for and how you learned about it.
Explain why you are the best applicant for the job. Highlight your major qualifications and experiences that relate to the position. Be specific and related to the job ad.
Express your enthusiasm for the job Thank the person for their time and consideration. Request a personal interview.