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Customizing Your Cover Letter: What information should I include in my cover letter?

What information should I include in my cover letter?

1st Paragraph - Introduction

  • State how you learned of the position and your interest in the job and the organization. 
  • Mention what piqued your interest in the particular position.
  • Do you know someone who works for the employer?  Were you referred by someone well respected?  Be sure to mention that person right away!
  • Research the organization (i.e., mission statement, values, goals) and demonstrate how you are a good fit.

2nd/3rd Paragraph - Related Experience and Education

  • Show the organization what you can do for them rather than telling them what you are seeking.
  • State how your skills and background qualify you for this position.

4th Paragraph - Wrap Up/Restate Interest

  • Re-emphasize how your background is a match for the position.
  • Indicate your enthusiasm for the position and your interest in connecting to further discuss your qualifications.
  • End the cover letter with a closing such as “Sincerely” and then sign your name electronically (if hard copy, use black or blue ink).