Resume Cover Letter Examples - Working for Washington State

Your Name
Street Address
City, State Zip
Phone Number
Today’s Date
Hiring Person
Hiring Person’s Job Title
Hiring Person’s Company
Company Mailing Address
City, State Zip
Dear Mr./Mrs. Hiring Person,
In the first paragraph, tell how you heard about the job opening * (or about the company, if this is not an
advertised job but rather one you are trying to discover or create by making direct contact). Mention the actual
job title, and say that you’re sending a resume that shows how you’re qualified for that particular job.
(*Try to find somebody who personally knows the Hiring person, and ask if you may say in your cover
letter “Bill Smith suggested I write to you directly”. A name the hiring person recognizes helps
tremendously in getting you noticed.)
In the second paragraph show some enthusiasm and interest in the company, and appreciation for their
products. If you know of a problem or opportunity facing the company, mention it – without in any way
criticizing the company. Give an example of something you could do to help resolve the problem or help take
advantage of the opportunity.
(The best example would be something similar that you did for a previous employer to improve the
situation.)
In the third paragraph, tell how you will follow through. “I’ll call your office early next week to see if we could
meet soon and discuss this job opening.”
(Of, if you’re exploring for unadvertised jobs that may come up: “I’ll call your office next week to see if
we could meet soon to discuss your company’s need for help in the near future.”)
(Or, if you’re answering a blind ad in the newspaper, and CAN’T call them – just end on an upbeat note
and provide a phone number with an answering machine where you can be reached.)
Sincerely,
Joseph Job Hunter
Enclosed: resume
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