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Transcript of Cover Letters
Formal Letter Format
Formal Letter format
Bull E. Dawg
P.O. Box P
Mississippi State, MS 39762
August 31, 2013
Mr. Edward Smith
1234 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38123
Person to Address
Body - Prove Your Skills
Avoid the over-use of “I” and “my”
Use a job description as a “cheat sheet”
Select 2-3 skills to highlight
List specific examples of how you are qualified
If no job description think “what would an employer be looking for?”
Include a summary statement
The Career Center
300 Montgomery Hall
T Cover Letter
Use T format as actual letter.
Use T format to develop statements for Body of conventional cover letter
Closing - Get the Interview!
Research to identify appropriate person and title
Dear Mr. Smith,
Dear Application Committee:
Introduction: why you are writing
Position applying for
How you found out about the position
Refer to resume
Drop a name if appropriate in the first sentence
Dr. Bob Johnson suggested I contact you regarding the
ticket sales intern position available with the Memphis
Redbirds. A current resume is attached for your review.
As a junior at Mississippi State University majoring in Sports Communication, I am seeking an internship to gain hands-on experience as well as to fulfill a program requirement. A priority goal with this degree is to work for a professional sports team after graduation. My previous experience as a marketing assistant with the MSU football team provided opportunities in team event planning, marketing ticket sales to students and promotion of athlete public appearances. Our recent ticket sales campaign resulted in the first ever student sell out of over 20,000 tickets. I am confident that my previous experience and aspirations to work with a professional team make me the ideal candidate for this internship position.
Example of cover letter body
Job Description Skills Your Matching Qualifications
Event Planning Planned signing event for 500+ people
Marketing Ticket Sales Increased MSU student ticket sales by 20%
Arrange Public Appearances Arranged public appearances for MSU athletes
Ask for the interview
Provide data that you will follow up
Include contact information
Thank you them in advance
Close using Proper letter format
I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss my qualifications for this internship. I will contact you the week of September fifth to follow up
on the status of this application. In the meantime, please contact me by phone, 662-787-5678 or by email, email@example.com. Thank you in advance for
your time. I look forward to speaking with you soon.