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COVER LETTER GUIDELINES
COVER LETTER DOs
COVER LETTER DON'Ts
(Use same as resume with your name, address, etc.)
First and Last Name
City, State, Zip Code
Dear Mr./Ms. (Last Name):
The purpose of this paragraph is to introduce yourself and grab the employer's attention. Begin by stating your reason for writing the letter and how you learned about the organization/position (specifically name the person who referred you, if any). Include specific items that demonstrate your level of interest and knowledge about the organization. Conclude this paragraph with a persuasive statement about what makes you the ideal candidate for the position (state your strongest qualifications/most relevant skills).
The body of your cover letter may consist of 1-2 paragraphs that serve as your sales pitch to the employer. Use these paragraphs to elaborate on the qualifications/skills you mentioned in the opening paragraph. Provide a few concrete examples that demonstrate your mastery of those skills (but try not to go overboard with examples). Show the employer why you are an excellent candidate by emphasizing what you could contribute to the organization (may address specific qualifications listed in the job description).
In the last paragraph, you close the letter. Reiterate your interest in the position, thank the employer for his/her consideration, and request an opportunity to discuss your qualifications further in the future. Additionally, indicate how the employer can reach you for follow-up (phone number and/or email).
Your Name (First and last name typed)
(Include your signature above your typed name when submitting by mail)
SUBJ: Highly qualified applicant for Market Research Associate position #2375
Dear Mr/Ms. Employer Last Name:
(insert opening/middle/closing paragraphs; create and save in Word, paste into e-mail)
Your First and Last Name
Your phone number
SAMPLE COVER LETTERS
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