Cover Letter Example

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1Name of Employer
Official Title
Business Name
Street Address
City, ST zip

1Dear Mr., Ms., Mrs.:

2“Enclosed please find my application materials for the position of Office Clerk, as advertised in the Chico Enterprise Record.” Or: “I am pleased to apply for the position of Office Clerk, as advertised in the Chico Enterprise Record. Enclosed are my resume and letters of recommendation for your consideration.”

3“I have five years of office experience, and most of my experience has included general reception, word processing using Microsoft Word, and extensive work with Excel spreadsheets. I have excellent phone skills, and am accustomed to working with frequent interruptions. My letters of recommendation attest to my excellent customer service skills and strong work ethic.

4“I would welcome the opportunity to work for Company Name. I have been a customer of Company Name, and have always appreciated the friendly, helpful, knowledgeable staff.” Or: “I am aware of Company Name’s plans to expand their operations, and I think that presents an excellent opportunity. I am looking for a long-term position, which provides opportunities for growth and advancement.

5 “Thank you for taking the time to review my qualifications. I look forward to the opportunity to meet in person to discuss my qualifications.” Or, a strong close, appropriate for a sales position, for example, would be “ I will contact you next week to arrange a personal interview.”

Sincerely,

(4 blank spaces for your signature)

Your Name

6Encl: resume
letters of recommendation

BEFORE YOU START

The importance of doing some research, BEFORE you apply for the position, cannot be overstated! Most of the applications we receive look alike. The ones that stand out in our minds are those that have bothered to address our specific needs, and which express a sincere interest in working for us.

You should call the employer prior to preparing...
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