How to Write a Cover Sheet for a Job Opening

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Many job applications require that a cover sheet be submitted with your resume. This is a letter that highlights your skills, achievements and ability to do the job for which you’re applying. If it’s well written, it should make the reader want to learn more about you and consider you for the position. An effective cover letter can make the difference between getting an interview and being passed up for the job.

Address it to the hiring manager or human resources representative who is responsible for filling the position. Sending it to a specific person will show your attention to detail and make more of an impact than if addressed it to “Sir or Madam.”

Introduce yourself and explain which position you’re applying for. If someone referred you to the company, mention that person’s name. In general terms, mention how you can contribute to the success of the company.

Explain how your qualifications are relevant to the position for which you’re applying. Use bullet points for each accomplishment. Use clear, concise language and quantify your results where possible.

Ask for an interview or state when you’ll be following up on your application. Thank the reader for his time.


  • Keep your cover sheet short, relevant and concise.

    Use real-life examples and include actual results, if possible.

    Tailor your cover sheet to fit the specific job for which you’re applying. Use examples that are applicable to the job and leave out those that don’t directly relate to your ability to carry out your responsibilities.


  • Proofread your cover sheet to confirm that it's free of grammatical errors and typos.Your document will end up in the trash pile if it’s not perfectly written.


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