A basic formula for cover letters is as follows:

        Standard business letter format - company name, title, company, address--top left

        Salutation (find out who the contact is.)

        First paragraph Immediately tell why you are writing? Explain that you are very interested in the position that the company has advertised.  

        Second paragraph - briefly state a couple of your most pertinent skills (reference your resume), then  explain how these skills can add value to the company.

        Third paragraph good close!  Write with a pleasant, firm tone.  Ask for the interview and explain that you will follow up soon.


See the sample below.    Also click here for further information.

Sample Cover Letter



Solomon Edwards

133 Granite Streetl
Worcester, MA  01649


February 16, 20xx


Mr. John Doe
V.P. Human Resources
BBB Accounting, Inc.
123 South Main Ave.
Chicago, IL 33321


Mr. Doe:


I was referred to you by Mr. Edgar Simpson,  a Partner with your New York office, who informed me that the Chicago office of Big Public Accounting is actively seeking to hire quality individuals for your Auditor Development Program.


I have more than two years of accounting experience, including interning as an Auditor last year with the New York City office of Ernst & Young. I will be receiving my BBA this May from Bryant College, graduating Magna Cum Laude. I am confident that my combination of practical work experience and solid educational experience has prepared me for making an immediate contribution to Big Public Accounting. Having interned with a leading firm in the public accounting field, I understand the level of professionalism and communication required for long-term success in the field. My background and professional approach to business will provide your office with a highly productive Auditor upon completion of your Development Program.


I will be in the Chicago area the week of March 16. Please call me at 508-555-1212 to arrange a convenient time when we may meet to further discuss my background in relation to your needs. If I have not heard from you by March 9, I will contact your office to inquire as to a potential meeting date and time. I look forward to meeting you then.





Solomon Edwards