How to Write a Cover Letter for a Resume

When you decide to sit down and formulate your resume to hand out to potential employers, one of the most important parts is the cover letter. The difference in getting an interview with a business or company and having your resume ignored is often found in the quality of your cover letter.

How to write a good cover letter for a resume

The following is the basic outline of a cover letter:

Contact Information

Name

Address

City, State, Zip

Phone number

Email address

Current Employer Contact Information

Contact Name/Title

Company

Address

City, State, Zip Code

Phone number

Salutation

Dear ________: (disregard if you do not have a contact)

Body

The purpose of the body of your cover letter is to let the reader know why you are applying for this job and how your experience will help better their company or business. You want to first off give the person a reason to consider your resume and contact you for an interview.

Paragraphs #1-3

#1 should answer the question “Why is this person wanting to apply for this job?”

#2 should state what you have to offer this potential employer.

#3 should close out your letter thanking the reader for his time and letting them know you are available for an interview.

Complimenting Close

Sincerely, Respectfully Yours, etc.

Signature

Hand written for mailed resumes, typed for digital copies and emails.

How to write a cover letter for a resume – Example

Here is an example of how to implement your own information into the above template:

January 16, 2012

Kathryn J. Groover

8869 Run Road

Corinth, Mississippi 78546

Dear Dr. Boynkin:

Please consider me an applicant for the high school drama teacher position that your school system has available. For the past 9 years I have been a been involved in the drama program at St. Lucia High School in Corinth, Mississippi. After St. Lucia had to cut back on budget and close the drama department, I am once again eager for an opportunity to broaden my opportunities as a teacher.

  • As a teacher at St. Lucia, built a structured, enjoyable classroom environment that utilized the state requirements as a framework in assisting each student in finding their fullest potential and experiencing the different venues of self expression.
  • Excellent ability to manage a classroom and meet the rigorous requirements and demanding schedule that comes with being a teacher.
  • Strong ability to formulate the curriculum in a way that meets the needs of all the levels of the students that are in the same classroom, yet encourage each student to be self-expressive and make their own experiences.

A major strength that I would bring to the Corinth School System is my many years of successful experience as a high school drama teacher. I feel that with my strong communication and organizational skills, ability to assimilate new ideas and concepts in students, and the desire I have to see every student become a better person, I would be of great benefit to both your school and your student body.

I look forward to hearing from you in the near future and would welcome the opportunity to have an interview with you and your staff. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Kathryn J. Groover

Mississippi Certified Teacher