Sample Cover Letter

A cover letter is one that is sent along with your CV when you are applying for a job. The purpose of a cover letter is to elicit a positive response from your prospective employers by highlighting the plus points in your resume.

Cover letter outline

A cover letter is a formal letter and therefore it should have the same format as a formal letter.

Begin your cover letter by placing your address at the top of the page. Do not put your name with the address. Put the date directly under the address.

Put the name and address of the person you are writing to slightly below the date.

Use complete title and address; do not abbreviate. Do not use a title like Mr. together with a first name.

Write directly to the person in charge of hiring. If you do not know his or her name, you can use the salutation Dear Sir or Dear Madam.

Sign with your full name, but without writing any title (Mr/Ms/Dr/etc). Put your handwritten signature above your name.

Sample cover letter

cover letter sample

Sections in this article

Cover letter writing tips
What to write and what not to write in a cover letter

Letter writing: formal and informal

Address and date
Body of the letter
Subscription or leave-taking
The Tone and Language of a Letter
Personal Letter Writing Tips
Example of formal letter and envelope
Formal Letter Sample 2
Formal letter sample 3
Formal letter sample 4
Formal letter writing basics
Standard phrases used in formal letters
Example of informal letter and envelope
Informal Letter Sample 2
Informal Letter Sample 3
Informal Letter Sample 4

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