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Use the following format when applying for a job; make sure to attach resume.

Your Street Address

City, State Zip

Telephone Number


Name of person to whom you are writing


Name of Organization

Street Address

City, State Zip

Dear :

Paragraph 1: Identify the position or type of work for which you are applying and where you found job advertisement/opportunity.

Paragraph 2: Express the research you have done on the company and/or industry and why it is interesting to you.

Paragraph 3: Divide into two columns. The left-hand column will be titled “Job Requirements”; the right-hand column will be titled “My Qualifications”. Use bullets for both columns. This information can also be written in paragraph format, versus columns.

Paragraph 4: Your Contact Information.




Source: Jeanne Breisch, Senior Career Advisor, The Henderson Glenn Group. Guest Presenter for Job Search Strategies Workshop, 2/15/05.

Legal Cover Letter Tips

  • According to a recent study, 50% of hiring managers at Fortune 500 companies utilize cover letters as writing samples--devote as much time to your cover letters as you do to your resume.
  • Use care in sentence structure, spelling and punctuation:  make sure there are no mistakes.
  • Use a standard business letter style; make sure you sign your name.
  • Tailor each cover letter to each position and/or company.
  • Keep copies of your letters for your records.
  • Keep it short (no more than one page); you need not cover the same ground as your resume.  Your letter is an introductory summary of what you have to offer.
  • Do not call attention to lack of experience in certain duties.  Instead, emphasize valuable skills, transferable experience and company knowledge.



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