Your Current Street Address
Your City, State Zip Code
City, State Zip Code
Dear Mr./Ms. Name:
First Paragraph. In your initial paragraph, indicate the reason for writing, the specific position or type of work for which you are applying, and the source of your information about the opening (e.g., career services, newspaper, personal contact, etc.).
Second Paragraph. Mention the reason you are interested in the position, the organization, and its products or services. Above all, indicate what you can do for the employer. If you are a recent graduate, explain the way your academic background makes you a qualified candidate for the position. If you have had some practical work experience, point out the specific achievements or unique qualifications that you possess. Try not to repeat the same information the reader will find in the resume.
Third Paragraph. In the closing paragraph, indicate your desire for a personal interview. You may want to suggest alternative dates and times or simply advise of your flexibility as to time and place. Let the employer know if you will be in the vicinity of the organization and the specific dates. If the contact information on your resume needs clarification, do it here. You may decide to state that you will call within ten days to two weeks to see if an interview can be arranged.
*Adapted from CPC Annual; Reprinted with permission