How do you put together a cover letter?


Quick Answer

To put together a cover letter, open with a salutation, and use the first paragraph to explain the position you are applying for. The second paragraph should detail your qualifications, and the third paragraph explains how you intend to follow up.

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Full Answer

  1. Include your contact information

    State your contact information, including your address, phone number and email address. State the employer's address.

  2. Open the letter

    Start with a salutation such as "Dear Mr. Jones," targeting your cover letters to a specific person when possible. Tell the employer which position you are applying for, and include the job title.

  3. Write the second paragraph

    Outline your skills and qualifications for the job. Specify what you have to offer and how you fit the position.

  4. Write the third paragraph

    Thank the employer for his time and consideration. Give the employer opportunities to contact you. List good times to phone, or state when and how you plan to contact the employer. Reiterate your interest in working for the company.

  5. Add the closing

    Write something such as "Sincerely yours" or "Yours truly." If the letter is going to be sent via print mail, leave a double space for your signature above your typed name.

  6. Check the formatting

    Proofread for formatting issues. Make sure you used the same font and type size as your resume. Check that the letter has one-inch margins on the sides.

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