How to Write a Cover Letter for a Job

The competition for getting a job is so great especially with today’s downward economy. As an applicant you must stand out from the rest. Everything about you must be excellent. From how you fill out your application, to the way you answer the interview questions and how you present yourself during the interview. In addition to these the employer will also review your cover letter. A well-written and informative cover letter will get you that interview. Everything about you can be great but when they are comparing your application along with someone else’s yours must stand out so that you can be selected for the interview. The following are tips on how to write a cover letter for a job. Following the tips is a sample cover letter that you can reflect on when writing your own.

  • To make it look professional always type your cover letter.
  • Make your font between 12-14 so that reading can be made easy (more info on fonts for cover letters).
  • Have your information listed at the top of the letter for quick contacting.
  • Keep your letter short, simple and to the point.
  • You may not know the name of the employer so write  “To Whom It May Concern”, just keep in mind that you address it properly.
  • The first sentence should state what position your applying for and the name of the company or business.
  • The next sentence should be about your educational background and what you currently do that pertains to the job.
  • Start a new paragraph by briefly sharing with the employer what makes you unique. Talk about the experiences you have had and qualities you posses that the business or company can benefit from.
  • In a new paragraph let the employer know that if they want more information how they can contact you.
  • To help your cover letter to further stand out write a P.S. below your name mentioning a resume along with letters of recommendation are attached.

Full Name
Address and phone number

To Whom It May Concern:

I am interested in working as a Service Coordinator for Alta Regional Center. I graduated from Sacramento State University with Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling. I have completed 24 ECE units, and have my Supervisory Permit in Early Childhood Development.

For five years, I have been working for the San Juan Unified School District an s an Intervention Assistant in the K-6 grade level. My main role has been facilitating student support groups on areas such as anger management, social skills, and self-esteem. I am currently a Preschool Teacher at Mary Oaks Elementary.

In addition to my interaction with the children I believe I increase my effectiveness by forming positive working relationships with their parents. I provide valuable resources and help them set achievable goals. I believe my education and experiences make me particularly qualified to work for Alta Regional Center.

If you need additional information, please call me at (phone number). I look forward in hearing from you.


John Sexton
P.S. I have enclosed a resume and two letters of recommendation.