Cover Letter Development

Opening Paragraphs

  • State your purpose – why are you writing?
  • Name the position you are seeking
  • Mention source of lead, referral, location of advertisement
  • Capture attention

Middle Paragraphs

  • Highlight related experience, education and activities
  • Emphasize accomplishments and relevant skills using specific examples
  • Present a direct match between qualifications and the job description requirements
  • What skills or attributes do you bring to the position and organization?
  • What specific skills / knowledge / achievements make you a good match for the position?

Closing Paragraph

  • Use a strong and confident close
  • Restate the solid match (your credentials = the position)
  • Refer to your enclosed resume
  • Request application materials
  • State your follow-up plans
  • Ask for the interview

Cover Letter Examples