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Cover Letter Sample

Think of the cover letter as a vehicle to entice a potential employer to read your resume and invite you to interview. A great cover letter is more than well written – it conveys both your interest in and connection to the position and how you can make a difference in it.

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Fonts & Design

Fonts & Design

What font should you use?
A simple, sans-serif font like Arial or Helvetica, between 10 and 12 points. Except your name - make it BOLD and loud at up to 36 points.

Unless you’re applying for a position in a design-related field, steer clear of design elements. Also, save the photographs for your LinkedIn profile.

Contact Information

Contact Info

Include your full name, mailing address, phone, e-mail address and LinkedIn or website, if applicable. Make sure you have a professionally appropriate email – free of nicknames and numbers.

Margins

Margins

Should not be less than .5" and should not be larger than 1"

Andrew Rider

Andrew Rider
123 Cranberry Drive
Bronc Township, New Jersey 08648
(609) 555-1212
andrew.rider@email.com
www.linkedin.com/in/andrewrider

January 5, 2014

Salutation

Salutation

Do your best to find to whom you should address your cover letter, i.e. the hiring manager or other contact mentioned with the position. Use “Staffing Professional:” or “Hiring Official” only if you’ve exhausted all other options.

Dear Recruiting Representative:

Introduction

Introduction

Show your knowledge of the organization’s goals and how your background, experiences, and skills make you an ideal candidate for the position. Consider this the answer to the question: Why should I hire you?

I am submitting my resume for your consideration in your search for a First Year Associate in your Management Development Program for recent college graduates.

Body

Body

This is your sales pitch! Share your relevant skills, education and experience with specific examples that speak directly to key points from the job posting. Emphasize the value you would bring to the organization and why you’d be a good fit for this position.

While pursuing my degree at Rider I enhanced my leadership and public speaking skills through extensive campus involvement which culminated in my election as the Senior Class President. This provided me with the opportunity to work with University leadership on behalf of my fellow students to ensure that Rider University successfully prepares Undergraduates for a lifetime of success in their chosen endeavors. Throughout my term I was challenged to balance multiple commitments and successfully negotiate the diverse and complex needs of our 4,000 undergraduate students.

I am confident that I can immediately contribute to the success of your team and I would be grateful for the opportunity to discuss my resume and my background in further detail with you at your earliest convenience.

Closing

Closing

Thank the hiring manager for their time and consideration. If applicable, include a specific follow up action like, I’ll follow up with a phone call next week. When mailing the letter, leave 3–4 lines between the closing and your name for your signature. If emailing the letter, insert an electronic signature, or simply type your name below the closing in the same font and size as the rest of the letter.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Andrew Rider

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