For a cover letter submitted with a resume to be effective, it must include key pieces of information, such as the position for which you are applying. The purpose of a cover letter is to persuade a hiring manager to interview you for a job position. The most effective way to grab a hiring manager’s attention is to provide two to three specific experiences or accomplishments that qualify you for employment. When addressing a cover letter, include your address as well as the recipient’s address.
Enter your address. Enter the street address on a separate line from the city, state and zip code. An applicant’s name only appears on the signature line of a cover letter, not at the top. Enter a blank line space.
Enter the origination date of the cover letter. Write out the month and use numerals for the day and year. Abbreviations, dashes and hyphens are not allowed. Enter a blank line space.
Identify the recipient of the cover letter. Address the individual by his first and last name. If you do not have a first and last name, obtain it by contacting the hiring company’s human resources department.
Enter the recipient’s job title on the next line. Examples include Human Resource Manager or Hiring Manager.
Type the company name on the next line.
Type the company address beginning on the next line. Enter the street address on a separate line from the city, state and zip code. Enter a blank line space.
Create a salutation, such as “Dear Mr. John Q. Public.”