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 you already provide a resume with plenty of information. Not so! A cover letter serves an important purpose: it presents your case for why you should be hired.

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

Many employers require cover letters as part of the job application process.

However, even when an employer does not explicitly ask for a cover letter, you should send one. A strong cover letter can make your application stand out.

Read below for an example of a cover letter to send with a resume, plus tips for writing and sending a cover letter. Use the sample as a guide when you write your own cover letter, remembering to tailor all the information to your own experiences and the specific position and company.

Cover Letter Tips

Send one! Even when an employer does not directly ask for one, be sure to always send a cover letter. The only time you do not want to send a letter is when the job listing explicitly says not to send one. Be sure to follow all directions on the job listing.

Customize each letter. It might seem tedious, be it is important to customize each letter to fit the specific job you are applying for. This will make your letter stand out.

Highlight relevant qualifications. In your cover letter, address one or two skills or qualifications you have that match the job description.

Provide a specific example of a time you demonstrated each of these qualifications.

Explain anything. You can use your cover letter to go into detail about something in your resume that needs explaining. For example, a cover letter is a great place to talk about a career shift or to explain an extended gap in employment.

Read samples and templates. For help writing your cover letter, read samples like the one below, as well as cover letter templates. Remember to tailor any example or template to fit your own experiences and the job for which you are applying.

Edit, edit, edit. Be sure to thoroughly proofread each cover letter before sending it, looking for grammar and spelling errors. Consider asking a friend or family member, or even a career counselor, to read over your cover letter.

Sample Cover Letter for a Resume

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

Date

Name
Title
Organization
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

I am interested in the author's assistant position at ABC Company, as advertised in XXX. I am currently employed as legislative director for Assemblywoman XXXX, Chairperson of the NYS Assembly. I believe that the skills and experiences I have gained at this position make me an ideal candidate for the job of author’s assistant.

As legislative director, I have developed strong writing and editing skills. For example, one of my main duties is to prepare Assemblywoman XXXX’s personal legislation, which deals with issues related to her position as Senior Member of the NYS Assembly Standing Committee.

This duty requires meticulous writing and editing skills, and an ability to convey complex legal ideas clearly. I have prepared dozens of pieces of legislation, and received praise for the clarity of my writing.

I have also gained extensive experience in legal and policy research – fields that you state the author’s assistant must be familiar with. 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. In particular, through my work with Assemblywoman XXXX, I have become heavily involved in the current welfare and Medicaid reform movement.

I am always eager to learn more about state legislation, reading up on these topics on my own time to become more knowledgeable. I would love to bring this passion for policy and law to your company.

I am confident that 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. I have also enclosed my resume. I look forward to meeting with you and discussing my qualifications in more detail.

Sincerely,

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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