address goes at the top of the page. Some people include name and email,
but these are optional.
3109 Vista Street
Philadelphia, PA 19136
|Next comes the current date.
January 19, 200X
|The name of the reader, his/her title, and address
Ms. Stephanie Spencer, Director of Personnel
Boeing Naval Systems
103 Industrial Drive
Wilmington, DE 20093
|For the opening, use a colon.
Dear Ms. Spencer:
|Paragraph One tells where you found the
job opportunity and what the job title is.
I am writing in response to your advertisement in the January 16 Philadelphia
Inquirer. I believe that my academic training at Drexel University in
Electrical Engineering, along with my experience with RCA Advanced Technology
Laboratory, would qualify me for the position of programmer.
|Paragraph Two details your education credentials.
Make special note of those skills the employer has mentioned in the job
My education at Drexel University has given me a strong background
in computer hardware and system design. I have concentrated on digital
and computer applications, developing and designing computer and signal-processing
hardware in two graduate-level engineering courses. For my senior-design
project, I am working with four other undergraduates in using OO programming
techniques to enhance the path-planning software for an infrared night-vision
|Paragraph Three contains your work experience.
Again, note skills the employer wants in an employee.
While working at RCA, I applied my computer experience to the field
of the VLSI design. In one project I used my background in LISP to develop
and test new LISP software used in the automated production of VLSI
standard cell family databooks. In another project, I used CAD software
on a VAX to evaluate IC designs.
The last paragraph gives your phone number,
email, and time you can be reached. Also, make mention of your resume.
The enclosed resume provides an overview of my education and experience.
I would like to meet with you at your convenience to discuss my qualifications
for this position. Please write to me at the above address or leave
a message anytime at
|For the close, skip four spaces to your
name. In the space between, sign your name.
|Enclosure indicates your resume is included.