Generic cover-letter format

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Instructions

Simply replace the unfilled areas such as "[]" and "[date]" with your information.

[your name]
[address]
[city, state/province, postal code/zip code]
[phone]
[email]

[date]

[employer's name, or company's name if you don't have the employer's name]
[title, or leave blank if using company name]
[company if you haven't referred to it yet]
[address]
[city, state/province, postal code/zip code]

Dear Mr./Ms. [name], or Dear Sir or Madam,

I'm very interested in the [name of position] that you have advertised on [where you saw the ad.] I'm currently employed with [name of employer. omit this line if you're not currently employed. also mention if you have a mutual contact].

I would be an excellent candidate for this position because [explain relevant education and/or work experience. if none exists, create links yourself, i.e. I've been programming with Java for years in my spare time, or my position as a grocery clerk has taught me how to solve problems and handle difficult situations.]

Furthermore, I [go through the job listing and explain how you meet their qualifications. If they want a team player, explain how you're a team player. You don't have to hit on every point, but do hit on the most important ones.]

Thank you for taking the time to read my application. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

[signature]

[name]