Purpose of the Cover Letter
A good CV should be accompanied by a cover letter. Your letter should be a summary of what makes you right for the job. The objective is to capture the reader in order to encourage them to look at your resume. Always address your letter to the intended recipient. This shows you are paying attention to detail and not using a generic cover letter to send to several people.
The heading should begin with your name, address, phone number and today’s date. Skip two lines then continue with your greeting. Your greeting should always begin with "Dear" and then the full name. Avoid using "Dear Gentlemen/Sir,” or "To Whom It May Concern,”. Continue with company's name, phone number and address.
End your letter with one of these standard closings like Regards, Sincerely, Sincerely yours, Yours sincerely. Skip four or five lines, print your name, and sign.
McGill. 23 January 2009. “C.V. Writing Guide”. 09 March 2009.
Job Search Guide. “Who Needs a Cover Letter”. 29 November 2008 Job Star Center. 09 March 2009.
Sample Cover Letter taken from www.bestcoverletters.com in March 2009 as a succinct resource. İt is available on the internet. For more Cover Letter samples visit the web site.
There is an example covering letter shown below
1234, West 67 Street,
Date: 1st May, 2005.
Mr. John Smith,
National Chips Inc.,
Dear Mr. Smith,
I am writing to introduce myself to you as a PhD student of International School of Technology (ISTech.). I'm responding to your advertisement in the local Employment News for want of a design engineer for your model design department.
As you can
see in the enclosed resume, I have a very strong academic background in
designing combined with over five years work experience in the same. My recent
internship at Major Chips Inc.,
I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss how my education and experience will be helpful to you. I will be contacting you tomorrow morning on phone to talk about the possibility of arranging an interview. Thank you for your time and consideration.
PhD. Student, Electrical Dept.,