Career Action Center

Cover Letters

Sample letter format:

First paragraph Give the name of the job you are applying for and how you heard about it.

Second paragraph Explain why you’re qualified for the job. Give accomplishments that show your ability to do the job. These may come from the resume but it’s a good idea to reword them slightly. Include other relevant background that does not appear on the resume. One easy format is using bullets to call attention to each major point. Mention your recent education plus your relevant work experience.

Third paragraph Close the letter with a statement such as, I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sample Cover Letters