How to Write a Cover Letter

Applied Academics
Ms. Dittmann
Spring 2014

You have found a job you would like to apply for an now you need to write a cover letter as part of your application.  Make sure you have read the job description thoroughly so you can tailor your letter to highlight how your experience and qualities make you an excellent candidate.

Start with a brainstorm.

Once you have some ideas generated, draft your letter.

Here are things to keep in mind as you write the perfect cover letter:

  1. This is your sales pitch. You want the reader to look at your resume.
  2. Keep to one page.
  3. Don’t repeat what is on your resume, but highlight key points.
  4. Use the same font you used in your resume. Use 10-12 point.
  5. Spelling, punctuation, and grammar should be PERFECT.
  6. Use proper business letter format and block format.
  7. Print on the same type of paper your resume is on.
  8. Be sure to SIGN your name, do not print it.

Click here for a sample.

Click here for how to format the letter.

Click here for a template.

IMPORTANT: after you have written your letter, get feedback from a friend, teacher, parent, or adviser on the content.  Revise your letter first for content.

Once you have refined the content, then begin to edit for grammar, punctuation, spelling, format and capitalization.

It is crucial to have the letter perfect, as this letter represents you and your interest in the position.  The best way to do this is have another person(s) read the letter and provide feedback.  Another strategy is to write a first draft, and let it sit for a day or two, then look at it with fresh eyes.

Good luck!

Sources:

Dahlstrom, Harry. The Job Hunting Handbook. Holliston: Dahlstrom and Company, Inc., 2012. Print.

"Job Hunting in Maine: Putting the Pieces Together." Career Center. Maine Department of Labor, Web. July 2013.

Maria Morris's cover letter materials.