When sending a CV/resume, most people include a cover letter to introduce themselves
to the prospective employer.
Most cover letters are no more than three short paragraphs. Your cover letter should
capture the employer’s attention, follow a business letter format, and usually should
include the following information:
• Name and address of the specific person to whom the letter is addressed.
• Reason for your interest in the company or position.
• Your main qualifications for the position.
• Request for an interview.
• Your mobile, home and work telephone numbers. If you send a scannable CV/resume,
you should also include a scannable cover letter, which avoids graphics, fancy fonts,
italics, and underlines.
As with your CV/resume, it may be helpful to look for examples and common formats
of cover letters on the Internet or in books at your local library or bookstore,
but do not copy letters directly from other sources.
Below is an example of a typical cover letter. Hover over the sections within the
cover letter to find out how to write your own.