Sample Cover Letter

Use the following sample cover letter template as a tool when writing a cover letter to get your foot in the door for an interview.

Your name
Mailing address
City, state, and post code
Telephone number(s)
Email address

Today's date

Your addressee’s name
Professional title
Organisation name
Mailing address
City, state and post code

Dear Mr (or Ms) last name,

Start your cover letter with a statement that establishes a connection with your reader, a probing question, or a quotable quote. Briefly say what job you are applying for.

The mid-section of your cover letter should be one or two short paragraphs that make relevant points about your qualifications. You should not summarise your resume! You may incorporate a column or bullet point format here. Choose some qualifications that really target the position you are going after. Do not go overboard and save some information for the interview.

Your last paragraph should initiate action by explaining what you will do next (eg, call the employer) or instigate the reader to contact you to set up an interview. Close your cover letter by saying “thank you.”

Sincerely yours,

Your handwritten signature
Your name (typed)

Enclosure: resume


For more information on writing a cover letter, go to How to Write a Cover Letter.