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Cover Letters

WSSU Cover Letter Booklet

A cover letter is your introduction to an employer. In this letter, you should briefly describe your interest in a position and summarize your qualifications.

A few guidelines

  • Any time you mail your resume, it should be accompanied by a cover letter.
  • Always send your cover letter to a specific person, if at all possible. (Call the company or organization and ask to whom it should be addressed.)
  • Be as concise as possible.
  • A separate letter should be written for each position for which you apply.
  • Cover letters should be tailored for each position, just as you tailor your resume for each position.

Example

922 Ram Drive

Winston-Salem, NC 27110
May 1, 2002

Mr. Tom Smith Director of Human Resources
National Accounting Firm of Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Dear Mr. Smith:

I would appreciate an opportunity to talk with you about how I could contribute to your organization through my education in accounting as well as through my excellent math skills, adaptability, and reputation as a fast learner.

In May, I will receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Winston-Salem State University. I earned a full scholarship on the basis of my potential to excel academically and have maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout my college career.

My work history outside the accounting field reveals my high level of creativity, resourcefulness, and adaptability. Recently as a tutor in the university's writing center, I have been able to reach written communication skills and computer knowledge. My computer experience includes the most commonly used programs including WordPerfect, Lotus 1-2-3, and dBase IV, and I offer a proven ability to master new software and operating systems.

The enclosed resume will give you additional information on my educational background and experiences. I would like the opportunity to schedule an interview with you to learn more about the plans and goals of your company and how I might contribute to its continued success. Please contact me by telephone (336-750-1234) or email (chronological@wssu.edu) at your convenience.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Christy Chronological

Enclosure

Winston-Salem State University

601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000



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