Cover Letter Sample for a Resume

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Do you need to write a cover letter for a job? You may feel as though the document is unnecessary, since your information is included on your resume. Not so! A cover letter serves an important purpose: It presents your case for why you should be hired to hiring managers. Many employers require cover letters as part of the job application process.

Your cover letter is where you can show your passion for the position or company, and highlight relevant qualifications.

You can also use your cover letter to explain or offer insight — that is, a cover letter is a great place to talk about a career shift or an explain an extended gap in employment.

Here's an example of a cover letter to send with a resume, plus tips for writing and sending a cover letter for a job. Use this sample as a guide when you write your own cover letter, remembering to tailor all the information to your own background and the specific position and company.

Sample Cover Letter for a Resume

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email


City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms.

Last Name:

I am interested in the assistant position advertised in XXX. I am currently employed as Legislative Director for Assemblywoman XXXX, Chairperson of the NYS Assembly XXX. I accepted this position because of the emphasis on the writing and research skills which are applicable to your requirements for an author’s assistant.

My experience in the NYS Assembly has afforded me the opportunity to become familiar with the consolidated and unconsolidated laws of the State of New York. I also have extensive experience in legal and policy research.

In my position as Legislative Director for Ms. XXX, I prepare her personal legislation which deals with issues relative to her position as Senior Member of the NYS Assembly Standing Committee on XXXX.

In as much as she is Chairperson of the XXX Committee I am, of course, heavily involved in the current welfare and Medicaid reform movement.

In response to your search for an assistant, I believe my experience in the Legislature and my research and writing skills qualify me for consideration. If you would like, I can provide you with current samples of my work.

To further acquaint you with the specifics of my background I am enclosing my resume.

I hope you will consider me for this position. I look forward to meeting with you and discussing my qualifications in more detail.


Signature (hard copy letter)

FirstName LastName

Sending an Email Cover Letter

If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message. Include your contact information in your email signature, but don't list the employer's contact information. Skip the date, and start your email message with the salutation. Here's an example of a formatted email cover letter.

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Please Note: This sample is provided for guidance only. The provided information, including samples and examples, is not guaranteed for accuracy or legality. Letters and other correspondence should be edited to fit your personal situation.

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