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COVER LETTER – LETTER OF APPLICATION

Applicant’s Home Address

City, State Zip Code
Date

Name of Person Hiring, Job Title

Name of Company

Company Address

City,  State  Zip Code

GREETING:  (Dear Mr./Mrs. Smith: or Ms. Smith: if marital status not known)

FIRST PARAGRAPH:  State the reason for the letter, the specific position or type of work you are applying for, and indicate from which source you learned of the opening. (media, newspaper, friend, employment service, ect.)

SECOND PARAGRAPH:  Tell why you are interested in the company, its products or services.  Tell what you can do for the employer.  Emphasize your qualifications and the educational and work related experience that makes you a strong candidate for the position.  Briefly note any specific achievements or unique qualifications.  Avoid repeating information contained on the résumé.

THIRD PARAGRAPH:  Make reference to the enclosed application and or résumé that provides a summary of your training, experiences, and qualifications.

FINAL PARAGRAPH:  Indicate your desire for a personal interview and your flexibility as to the time and place.  Provide a telephone number where you can be reached or where a message can be left.  Close with a statement or a question that will encourage a response.

CLOSING:  (Sincerely, Very truly yours, Respectfully yours,)

Applicant’s Signature

Applicant’s Name

Writing a Cover Letter/Letter of Application

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