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Sample Sentences to Use When Writing A Cover Letter

First Paragraph Sentences 1. I am interested in a (type of work) position in your (company, agency). I believe that my interest, experience and education support my ability to learn and produce in this area. 2. I am interested in applying for a (teaching position, opportunity in your school district). I will be/am certified to teach (subject or grades). 3. My educational background and experience supports my sincere interest in a career in (Marketing). I am interested in a challenging opportunity with your firm, affording training and eventual advancement to (Marketing) Management. 4. Would you kindly send me an application for a teaching position in your school district. I will graduate in May (year) with a (double) major/s in , and will be certified to teach (subject, grades). 5. I will be living in _______ after the end of this academic semester, and would appreciate your consideration of my application for a position with (company, school system). 6. My interest is in entering a career in _______, and my plan to relocate to _________ support my request for employment consideration with your (firm). I would appreciate receiving information relative to your application procedure. 7. Enclosed please find the application for your (professional opportunity, teaching position) in _________ . I have requested that my credential file be forwarded to you in support of my application for the position. 8. Mr./Ms. (name), (title) of (school, company) suggested that I write concerning my interest in (joining your staff, applying for your opening) in ______. In the course of completing my (senior research paper, study) in _________ , I became familiar with your organization's work in/with (product, research, clients). I will complete my BS degree in May of this year, and I would like to join your (quality control) staff . My senior capstone (field experience) dealt with (short description). 9. Thank you for the opportunity to talk with you about (school or company name) at Cazenovia College on (date). I am most impressed with your (school system, company, training program) and the opportunities (or challenge) you presented. 10. Thank you for the invitation to visit your (school system, plant operations and office facilities). I am looking forward to visiting with you and continuing our discussion about the (career opportunities, challenges of teaching) at/in (company or town name). I will arrive at (time) on (date). 11. It was certainly a great pleasure to visit with you in/at (town, company) on (date). I was quite

favorably impressed by (name of company) plant operations and office facilities, and by the courtesy extended to me by your staff. Second Paragraph Sentences 1. My educational background, experience in this area, and my sincere interest in the challenges offered support my belief that I have the qualifications you seek. 2. During the past four years of college, I have developed through education and experience a strong desire to find an entry level opportunity in (work area). I feel that I am equipped with educational preparation and valuable experience that supports my qualification for a career in __________ . 3. A position with your firm would provide the kind of opportunity and challenge I seek. (I am seeking). 4. With a BPS degree in Management , plus varied experience in (traffic) departments of local industries, I am certain I could make a positive contribution to your organization (firm). 5. Your opportunity demands the kind of responsibilities I seek in a career position. My experience and capabilities to supervise, communicate effectively, and to see a task to its successful completion (to "get a job done") would support my contribution to the overall functioning of your operation. 6. While attending school I have worked as a (department aide), (laboratory technician) in______ , and have been involved in a variety of (research, analytical) assignments. 7. I believe that my background and experience would enable me to make a positive contribution to a fulltime career position with (type of work) responsibilities. 8. I am confident that I can offer positive contributions to (company, agency, council name) while being open to the personal growth the experience will undoubtedly provide. 9. Previous experience in a variety of organizations has given me a considerable amount of confidence in my organizational abilities and interpersonal communication skills. 10. I believe the background and attitude that I hold can be an asset in supporting the activities of the (society, council, YMCA). 11. I view the position as described in (publication) as an excellent opportunity to learn and produce, and I would welcome the chance to perform and contribute to (company name) growth as a member of your (department) staff. 12. I find the possibilities for learning and productive challenge in this position extremely attractive. 13. This position would provide an avenue for learning and advancement, which is important to me. 14. The challenges and professional input I foresee in this position represent the type of opportunity I seek.

Third Paragraph Sentences 1. Enclosed is a resume describing my employment and educational background for your consideration. 2. Enclosed is a resume describing my education and employment background in support of my qualifications for your staff opportunity. 3. If you will review the enclosed resume you will see that I have had a strong education and varied experience which is compatible with (supportive of) the requirements of this position. Fourth Paragraph Sentences 1. I would appreciate an opportunity to discuss my qualifications in an interview at your convenience. I look forward to hearing from you. 2. I look forward to an opportunity to discuss my qualifications in an interview at your convenience (at a time mutually convenient). 3. I appreciate your consideration of my application, and look forward to an opportunity to discuss my qualifications in an interview. 4. I will be looking forward to further communication with you regarding employment with (name of company). 5. I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss my background and your organization's needs during an interview in the near future. 6. I would appreciate an opportunity to discuss the mutually beneficial possibilities of employment with (company name) in an interview. 7. If you find my qualifications acceptable for your purpose, please contact me at your convenience. 8. Should my qualifications be of interest to you, please suggest arrangements for a personal interview in the near future. 9. I have asked the Cazenovia College Registrar's Office to send you a transcript of my grades in support of my application (per your request). 10. I plan to be in your area (at home) during our spring recess (break) from (April 2nd to April 9th). I would appreciate an opportunity to discuss my qualifications during this time. I look forward to hearing from you relative to an interview date. 11. My thanks again for your time, Ms./Mr. __________________. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future. 12. Thank you for your consideration. If you require additional information, please call me at _____________.

Cover Letter Examples


Your Name Your Address City, State, Zip Code Date Name (Dr., Mr., Mrs., Ms.) Title Organization Street Address or PO Box # City, State, Zip Code Dear Mr./Ms________: First Paragraph State specifically why you are writing by identifying the position, field or general area of your inquiry. Tell how you heard of the opening or organization and the central reason why you would like to work for that organization (e.g. its mission or philosophy) and/or why you are well suited for this opportunity. Body of letter (typically one or two paragraphs) Elaborate on why you are particularly suited for THIS organization and THIS job by reviewing the job description, conducting online research, and specifically connecting the qualifications needed with your skills. Highlight your particularly relevant achievements. Elaborate on key points from your resume without repeating your resume word-for-word. This is not a paragraph version of your resume. Communicate clearly to the employer that you understand what is required of the position and the ways in which you have developed the skills the employer seeks. Final Paragraph Refer the employer to an enclosed resume and/or application form. Reiterate your interest in the specific position and restate the name of the organization. Request to meet with them to discuss this opportunity and your qualifications. Indicate how you can be contacted. If the position requires any level of sales skills (development, etc.) state that you will follow up (this demonstrates your comfort in doing this type of marketing outreach). But, if you state you will contact them, be sure to do so in the time you indicated! This is also the place that you include information that may be important but that you havent included elsewhere - for example if applying for a position out of town and you will be in the area at a certain time, if you will be out of the country and inaccessible for a period of time, etc. This is also where you include salary requirements, only if they request them. Sincerely, (Your Signature Here)

Your Name Typed Enclosure (or Attachment if emailing) 555 W. 55th Street, #4D New York, NY 10023 917-555-5555 Abc111@columbia.edu March 21, 2007 Ms. Susan Smith Childrens Hospital Division of Adolescent Medicine 111 Main Street, 5th Floor Indianapolis, IN 46666 Dear Ms. Smith: I am writing in response to the Post-Graduate Social Work Fellowship at Childrens Hospital that was advertised in Columbia Universitys Job Listings. I am presently exploring career opportunities in clinical social work, particularly working with the issues associated with the health and mental health of adolescents and young adults. Throughout my graduate school education, I have gained experience working with adolescents and young adults dealing with a variety of health and mental health concerns, such as chronic mental illness, teenage pregnancy, physical and sexual abuse, and eating disorders. These varied experiences have furthered my interests in gaining greater knowledge and training with this population. Of particular relevance, with respect to my qualifications for the Post-Graduate Fellowship position, is my work at Harlem Mental Health Centers Adult Outpatient Department, where I provide intake assessments and long-term treatment for individuals with mental illness. I have gained the knowledge and clinical experience essential for working with culturally diverse populations with varying types and severities of mental illness, as well as effectively functioning on a multi-disciplinary team of professionals. Additionally, my experiences working at Queens Community Center have enhanced my desire to work with adolescents and young adults and furthered my interest in womens health, such as eating disorders and reproductive health issues. I am able to forge excellent working relationships and collaborate with other staff and community agencies to assist clients in meeting their treatment and life goals and am committed to working creatively and collaboratively with clients. I believe that with my educational and professional experiences, as well as my motivation, enthusiasm, empathy and compassion for others, I could be a valuable and productive member of your team. I have attached my resume for your review and would welcome and appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss this position further. I may be reached at (917) 555-5555 or at abc1111@columbia.edu. Thank you in advance for your time and I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience. Sincerely, Jody Jobseeker

Attachment 222 River Road New York, NY 10027 May 15, 2007 Susan Smith Human Resources Manager Social Service Agency, Inc. 111 Main Street, Room 11 Somewhere, NY 11111 Dear Ms. Smith: Please accept my resume for the Research Associate position available in the Higher Education Policy Research Center at Silver Springs University. I am currently completing my doctoral program in higher education at Teachers College, Columbia University and am extremely interested in moving into a research setting. I feel strongly that my previous professional experiences working in academia and my recent dissertation research have adequately prepared me to perform successfully in this position. While I have spent the majority of my professional career working with students directly, I have shifted my focus to policy-making and the impact of higher education policy on the college student experience. I also am competent in both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Please let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, [Your Signature Here]

Jody Jobseeker 111 River Road, Apartment 111 Brooklyn, NY 11111 June 8, 2007 Ms. Christina Huang, Director Recruitment and Staffing The Mount Olive Medical Center One High Terrace New York, NY 10055 Dear Ms. Huang: I am interested in the MICA Day Treatment Program and the Inpatient Gero-Psych positions advertised in The New York Times on June 6, 2007. Having spent the first ten years of my life in Uruguay, South America, I am bilingual and bicultural. Furthermore, I completed my first year graduate school internship providing long-term psychotherapy to Latino clients at Oscar Arias Family Guidance Center. These experiences, my graduate education, and my clinical skills would enable me to excel as part of your therapeutic team. Of particular relevance to the MICA position, is my rotation (part of my second year placement) at New York Hospitals Psychiatric Emergency Room where I assessed patients drug abuse histories and their willingness to enter rehabilitation if substance abuse was a problem. Prior to this, as an undergraduate, I completed an entire summer workshop on alcoholism sponsored by The Famous Foundation. Moreover, as an undergraduate research assistant at Babies Hospital Columbia Presbyterian, I interviewed pregnant women to identify addictive behavior patterns. As to my qualifications for the Inpatient Gero-Psych position, please note my rotation at the New York Hospitals Fracture Service, again part of my second years Rotating Placement. There I gained invaluable experience with elderly patients. In undergraduate school, I interned eight months with Alzheimer s patients at the International Center for the Disabled. I particularly enjoyed this client population. Given that the enclosed resume cannot fully communicate my qualifications, I welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your needs and my abilities to fulfill them. I can be contacted at 212-555-5555 or abc1111@columbia.edu. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, (Your Signature Here) Jody Jobseeker

Enclosure 111 Main Street Chicago, Illinois 60637 Abc0000@columbia.edu February 14, 2007 Ms. Kris Stackman Executive Director Forum at the Crossing 555 Woodside Chicago, IL 60666 Dear Ms. Stackman: Susan Alcott, Superintendent of the League for the Protection of Immigrants and a resident of the Forum, recommended I submit my resume in regards to the Development Director position with the Forum at the Crossing. With my graduate education from the Columbia University School of Social Work, proven abilities to motivate staff, and extensive fundraising experience, I am confident in my abilities to excel as Director of Development. I believe Ms. Abbott has already spoken to you about my speech writing and fundraising skills. My five-year community service background also includes program development experience in providing health, education, and psychological services for immigrants and women entering the work force at an organization called Immigrants First. In addition to providing these vital social services, I supervised junior staff, interns, and volunteers, and successfully designed and implemented several projects which increased funding by 45% over a two-year period. Given my skills and our areas of mutual interest, I believe I could be of enormous assistance to you in the growth and expansion of the Forum. The details of my background appear in the enclosed resume. I will contact you next week for an appointment to further discuss ways I can contribute to your development initiatives. I can also be contacted at your convenience at 212-555-5555. I look forward to meeting with you soon. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely yours, (Your Signature Here) Jody Jobseeker cc: G. Abbott Enclosure

Jody Jobseeker

111 Broadway, New York, NY 10022 (212)-555-5555 abc1111@columbia.edu May 1, 2007 Human Resources Manager Visiting Nurse Services of New York 111 W 110th Street New York, NY 10011 Dear Human Resources Manager: I have enclosed my resume in regarding to the Nurse Recruiter position posted on Idealist.org. In May of this year, I will be graduating from Columbia University School of Social Work with a Master of Science degree with a concentration in Social Enterprise Administration. As a Social Enterprise Administration student, I have taken courses in Human Resource Management, Supervision and Staff Development. This knowledge coupled with my professional recruiting experience would enable me to excel as part of your recruiting team. Throughout my graduate studies and professional career, I have advertised, marketed and recruited for social services programs. In previous positions, I collaborated with school administration and assigned liaison(s) to recruit participation and marketed an employment program to develop jobs for youth in both public agencies and non-profit organizations for New York City. I have also developed marketing materials and presented the Addiction Prevention Initiative to education, healthcare, housing, legal institutions and community residents in order to both recruit clients and foster/develop resources for the program. More recently, during my leadership of a healthy living committee, comprised of managers, I recruited workshop facilitators and developed marketing materials to promote Healthy Living Week to over 300 consumers. I am committed to improving the healthcare services available to families, youth, and children and believe that accomplishing this goal depends on developing a strong and compassionate healthcare workforce. I am eager to contribute to your mission of connecting top quality providers to clients in need and am confident in my abilities to identify and recruit strong candidates for your nursing staff. I look forward to meeting with you in person to discuss the position and how my experiences and educational achievements could benefit your organization. I can be contacted at 212-555-5555 or acb1111@columbia.edu. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Jody Jobseeker

Attachment 555 West 55th Street, #5W New York, NY 10055 (212)555-5555 Abc555@columbia.edu June 17, 2007 Ms. Barbra Streis, Director Stellar Social Services of New York City 123 Broadway, Room 123 New York, NY 10011 Dear Ms. Blige: I am writing to apply for the position of Social Worker that appeared on www.citylimits.org. In May of this year, I was awarded the Master of Science degree from Columbia University School of Social Work, and have my LMSW in New York State. My education, experience working with youth, and interest uniquely qualify me for this position. Throughout my graduate studies and even pre-professionally, I worked with children and families in school-based settings. I have provided counseling to special education students with emotional disturbances, both individually and in groups. Some of my clients were mandated, so I am accustomed to working with students reluctant to face challenging issues such as HIV or AIDS. My prevention efforts addressed social and educational high-risk behaviors and included outreach to students, parents, and teachers.

I have attached my resume for your review. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon and meeting with you at your earliest convenience. Sincerely, (Signature) Jody Jobseeker, LMSW Attachment