Cover Letter Template
Your street address
City, State, Zip
City, State, Zip
Dear Mr./Ms./Dr. Last Name [If you are unsure of gender, omit salutation and write full name]:
- Address it appropriately. “Dear Committee Members or Dear Dr.____” is standard.
- Introduce your candidacy. Identify the position, the name of the organization, and how you learned about it.
- Name drop. If an alumni or someone else referred you, mention their name. If you had a great informational interview, include details.
- Show interest. Explain your interest, briefly. Avoid generic reasons that riff on the organization's website.
- Present academics. State when you received or will receive your degree. Back up projected dates. For example: “My chairperson has reviewed five of the six chapters.”
- Show your fit. Speak to the job requirements, and highlight how your relevant skills, background, achievements and qualifications match. Demonstrate your competancies.
- Elaborate on your CV.
- Give a brief statement of research and teaching interests.
- Mention success as a teacher, with specific examples.
- Elaborate on your graduate studies, professional experience or university volunteer positions.
- Exhibit knowledge. Show what you know about the position, organization and field.
NOTE: If you are writing a general letter of inquiry, explain why you are interested in learning more about that career field.
- Demonstrate enthusiasm. Reiterate, briefly, your interest and fit. Mention excitement about courses you will be teaching, family ties in the area or specific departmental research of interest.
- Provide contact details. Restate your phone number and email, and mention it if you will be at a future conference.
- Mention enclosed materials. These may include your CV, teaching portfolio, writing sample and other materials.
- Show appreciation. Thank the reader for considering your candidacy and note that you would welcome an interview to discuss it further.
Your signature (leave 3-4 spaces blank for this, or in an email, just type your name)