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Resume and Interview

General Outline for a Cover Letter

Applicant's Address
Applicant's Phone Number
Date of Letter

Use complete title and address.
Employer's Name and Title and Address

If possible, address it to a particular person by name.
Opening Paragraph: State why you are writing, name the position or type of work for which you are applying and mention how you heard of the opening or organization.

Make the addressee want to read your resume. Be personable and be enthusiastic.
Middle Paragraph(s): Explain why you are interested in working for this employer and specify your reasons for desiring this type of work.  If you have had relevant work experience or related education, be sure to point it out, but do not reiterate your entire resume.

Be brief but specific, your resume contains details.
Emphasize skills or abilities you have that relate to the job for which you are applying. Be sure to do this in a confident manner and remember that the reader will view your letter of application as an example of your writing skills.

Top and bottom margins should be equal.
Closing Paragraph: You may refer the reader to your enclosed resume (which gives a summary of your qualifications) or whatever media you are using to illustrate your training, interests and experience. Have an appropriate closing to pave the way for the interview by indicating the action or steps you will take to initiate an interview date.

Always sign letters.
Your name typed

If a resume or other enclosure is used, note in letter.

This information was provided by NACE.
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