I help my clients create cover letters and resumes. One helpful tool is a cover letter template. This one was developed by the State of Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. You might find this useful.
Name of Organization
City, State Zip Code
Dear Mr./Ms. ________________________________:
First Paragraph: State the reason for writing. Name the specific position or type of work for which you’re applying. Mention how you learned of the opening.
Second Paragraph: Explain why you’re interested in working for this employer and specify how you’re PERFECT for this position. Don’t repeat the information on your resume. Include something special or unique about yourself that will benefit the employer. Remember, the reader will consider this an example of your writing skills.
Third Paragraph: Mention that your resume is enclosed and indicate your desire to meet with the employer. You may want to suggest alternate dates and times, or simply advise them of your flexibility to the time and place. Include day and evening contact information. Include a statement or question that will encourage the reader to respond. Be sure to communicate your plan to follow up. You might state that you’ll be in the area on a certain date and would like to set up a meeting, or you’ll call on a certain date to set up a meeting. Finally, thank the employer for his/her time.
(Your Signature in blue or black ink)
Your typed name
Source: Creative Job Search, a publication of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.