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Cover Letters

Suggested Formula For Letter of Application or Further Information

Your Present Address
City, State Zip Code
Date of Writing
Phone: (Optional)

Mr. John Blank
Street Address
City, State Zip Code

Dear Mr. Blank:

1st paragraph: Tell why you are writing; name the position, or field, or general vocational area about which you are asking. Tell how you heard of the opening or organization (from placement office, friends, etc.).

2nd paragraph: Mention one or two qualifications you think would be of greatest interest to the employer, slanting your remarks to his point of view. Tell why you are particularly interested in his company, location, or type of work. If you have had related experience, or specialized training, be sure to point it out.

3rd paragraph: Refer the reader to the enclosed application form, resume, or the fact that the College Placement Office has, or will send, credentials as a medium which will give additional information concerning your background and interests.

4th paragraph: Close by making a specific request for an interview, suggesting date and time, and indicate that you will phone the day before (when you reach the city, for instance) for a confirmation of the appointment unless you hear beforehand that the reader does not wish an interview. If, instead of wanting an interview, your request was for further information concerning the opening, it would be polite to enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Make sure your closing is not vague, but makes a specific action from the reader likely.


(Your handwritten signature)

Type your name

Enclosure: copy of resume


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