Prospecting Cover Letter Internship Resume

Your street address
Your city, state zip
Your area code & phone number
Your e-mail address

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Contact’s name (correctly spelled)
Job title or department
Company Name
Street Address
City, state zip

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Dear Name: [Use a colon, not a comma] [Use Mr. or Ms. Avoid Mrs. Or Miss.]

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Introduction Paragraph:

Why are you writing? Who referred you (if anyone)? How did you learn of the company, opportunity or program? What are you looking for?

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Body of Letter:

Express your knowledge of the organization and your ability to perform the job or work in the company. Highlight the parts of your background that relate to this employer/position. Also, highlight skills or accomplishments that make you a good match for the position/company. Be specific to the job/title you are applying for/inquiring about!

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State the action you expect. For example: “You are welcome to contact me at your convenience,” “Please expect a follow-up call from me next week regarding the program.” (If you promise to call, remember to call!) Express your appreciation. Say thank you!

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Your name typed

The purpose of this letter is to communicate with potential employers when you are not aware of a specific job opening.  Prospecting letters are used extensively for long distance searches. Structure this letter similarly to the cover letter, but instead of using position information, focus on your strengths, your skills and what you bring to the table.

(Center letter on the page from top to bottom)
Your Address
City, State  Zip

Current Date

Individual’s Name
Name of Organization
City, State  Zip


Dear Mr. or Ms. _____________:

First Paragraph: Indicate your interest in the company, organization, or type of work and state how you learned about them.  Make one strong opening statement about yourself.

Second Paragraph: Outline your strengths focusing on work experiences, co-op/internships and coursework . Convince the employer that you have the skills and motivation to contribute to the organization. Tell them what you can do for them, not what you expect from them.

Third Paragraph: Follow up in the near future to discuss interview possibilities. If you will be in the area of the company over break or for a long weekend, suggest the possibility of meeting during that time.  Express appreciation for their consideration, and say you look forward to talking with them.



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