(Cover Letter Sample)
Your full address
Your e-mail address
Your phone number
Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:
The ﬁrst paragraph tells the reader why you are writing to them. Are you writing at the suggestion of a friend of theirs? Are you applying in response to a job announcement? Express your interest with enthusiasm. You want to encourage the reader to continue.
This paragraph begins the marketing of yourself as a candidate. State what you have to offer them. This isn’t a rehash of what’s on your resume — it’s all the things you hope that they pick up by reading between the lines of your resume. The emphasis is on skills and accomplishments.
In the next paragraph, state why you are interested in their organization. Draw a connection between your skills and their needs. If this is a career change for you, particularly if you are switching to government or the nonproﬁt sector and away from the private sector, explain why you are making this move.
The closing paragraph should suggest your interest in arranging an interview. Write that you will call them to see how they would like to proceed. Take control of the process and be proactive. If you mail the letter and wait for them to call you, you’ll never be certain whether they actually received the letter or not. It’s better to get a firm “no” than not to know at all.
Your name, typed
Adapted from “Career Advancement” from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.