Simple Cover Page For Essay About Virginia

(Hard copy: sender address and contact info at top. Your address and the date can be left-justified, or centered.)


Your Street Address
City, State Zip Code
Telephone Number
Email Address

Month Day, Year

Mr./Ms./Dr. FirstName LastName
Title
Name of Organization
Street or P.O. Box Address
City, State Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms./Dr. LastName:

Opening paragraph: State why you are writing; how you learned of the organization or position, and basic information about yourself.

2nd paragraph: Tell why you are interested in the employer or type of work the employer does (Simply stating that you are interested does not tell why, and can sound like a form letter). Demonstrate that you know enough about the employer or position to relate your background to the employer or position. Mention specific qualifications which make you a good fit for the employer’s needs. (Focus on what you can do for the employer, not what the employer can do for you.) This is an opportunity to explain in more detail relevant items in your resume. Refer to the fact that your resume is enclosed. Mention other enclosures if such are required to apply for a position.

3rd paragraph: Indicate that you would like the opportunity to interview for a position or to talk with the employer to learn more about their opportunities or hiring plans. State what you will do to follow up, such as telephone the employer within two weeks. If you will be in the employer’s location and could offer to schedule a visit, indicate when. State that you would be glad to provide the employer with any additional information needed. Thank the employer for her/his consideration.

Sincerely,

(Your handwritten signature [on hard copy])

Your name typed
(In case of email, your full contact info appears below your printed name [instead of at the top, as for hard copy], and of course there is no handwritten signature)

Enclosure(s) (refers to resume, etc.)

(Note: the contents of your letter might best be arranged into four paragraphs. Consider what you need to say and use good writing style. See the following examples for variations in organization and layout.)

All names are fictional, and each sample is one page unless otherwise noted.
Remember the caution not to look at just one sample and copy it! You are unique and your resume will not look exactly like anyone else's! The samples show you some variety and help give you ideas.

Silva
B.S. in progress.
Freshman student seeking 3-term co-op.
Availability indicated because co-op work term availability varies by student and when you need to be in school for courses.
Doesn't yet have career-related experience.

Gimble
B.A. in progress.
Sophomore level student seeking summer job/internship.
Has experience, volunteer work and student leadership related to career field of interest; these are detailed.
"Other" experience section; one line per job; detail not needed.
Arial 11 font.

Gimble
Same as above.
Candara 11 font.

Ward
Federal government resume style.
B.S. degree in progress; junior academic level.
Seeking internship.
More than one page to accomodate federal government resume preferences.
See more about federal job search
Times New Roman 12 font.

McWellen
B.S. almost completed; seeking job at graduation.
Coursework to show specialty and focus (not basic courses taken by anyone in the same major)
Extensive skills section related to career field.
Arial 10 font.

McWellen
Same as above.
Corbel 10.5 font.

Walsh
B.A. candidate with coursework outside major that supports the objective; includes language skills.
Junior academic level.
Seeking internship.
Relevant campus job and student media experience.
Century Gothic 11 font.

Matthews
Bachelor's degree; seeking job at graduation.
Study abroad in education section.
Design skills section. Portfolio link.
Palatino Linotype 10 font.

Neilson
Bachelor's degree, seeking job at graduation.
Completing degree in August (indicate your real completion month/year, not when you "walk")
Goes by middle-name/nickname; shown in heading.
Course project detailed.
GPA shown to 100th decimal place because close to next 10th decimal place; rounding up would be inaccurate and could appear dishonest.
Traditional font choice: Times New Roman 11.

Barbour
Bachelor's degree, double major and minor.
Study abroad and Washington Semester in education section.
Language skills related to objective.
"Related" and "other" experience.
Details on colleges activity involving organizational skills.
Book Antiqua 10 font.

Constantine
Earning two bachelor's degrees (distinct from double major)
University Registrar FAQs: What is the difference between and double major and a second degree?
Details on student leadership role.
Calibri 11 font.

Sorvino
B.S. degree being completed, seeking job at graduation.
Related and other experience categories.
Selective bolding helps key items stand out.
Tahoma 10 font.

Kelly
Skills resume. Summarizes skills from a variety of sources: work, class projects, student activities. Seek advice if you take this approach; some employers do not favor skills resumes; but these can be effective tools for some job seekers.
Garamond 11.5 font.

Alvarez
M.S. in progress. Seeking position at completion.
B.S. completed.
Both degrees from Virginia Tech.
Related and "other" experience separate sections. Details on related experience; no details needed for other experience.
Verdana 9.5 font.

Alvarez
Same as above.
Slight format change
Calibri 11 font.

Benjamin
Ph.D. candidate
Curriculum vitae; multiple pages expected.

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