Cover letters are often difficult to write because people don’t know what information to include and what information to leave out. Above all, you want to make sure your cover letter is professional, straightforward and accurately reflects your abilities.
Below you will find the Career Services Department‘s example of a basic cover letter. You can click here to download that in PDF format as well as the Cover Letter Checklist and a detailed explanation of how to format your own cover letter.
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1234 Someplace Street
Memphis, TN 38116
April 19, 2010
Ms. Jane Doe
Manager, Marketing Department
8910 Riverdale Road
St. Louis, MO 63101
Dear Ms. Doe:
It was a pleasure meeting you at the American Marketing Association Conference last week. After hearing your
presentation on the trend-setting marketing initiatives at Consumer Goods, I felt compelled to find out more about
your amazing company. While doing so, I was delighted to learn of the Account Executive position currently vacant
in your Memphis office. Please find my resume enclosed in response to the advertisement in The Commercial
Appeal on December 2, 2009, for an Account Executive. The position appears to fit very well with my education and
As my resume indicates my background has included various marketing experiences. As a part-time Sales
Representative for The Daily Helmsman while an undergraduate at The University of Memphis, I handled accounts
for numerous departments on campus. In addition, I was responsible for the marketing of two major ad campaigns,
including Special Olympics and the Red Cross Blood Drive. Finally, during my internship last summer at Walt Disney
World, I acquired superior marketing skills while assisting customers from around the world in various areas of the
I know that Consumer Goods is the leader in the industry. A recent article in the November 5th issue of Business
Week indicated that your company continues to outshine the competition in the development of innovative marketing
techniques, while maintaining responsiveness to your customers’ needs. I am extremely excited about the position
at Consumer Goods and believe that with my education and experience, I can make a major contribution to your
company. I am certain that you will find my excellent work-ethic, dependability, initiative, and drive to be valuable to
the overall mission of your company.
I welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs and my qualifications in detail and will contact you the week of
December 14 to see if we can arrange a meeting at your convenience. In the meantime, please feel free to contact
me at 555-123-8069 or email@example.com if you have any questions or require any additional information.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to talking with you soon.