Picking up your pen to write your very first cover letter may seem like a daunting task, but once you are done with it, you can proudly send it out with your resume to make yourself look impressive. In this article, you will learn how to write a complete cover letter that would create a stunningly good first impression for your prospective employers.

A cover letter is a prelude to your resume. As a complementary entity, a cover letter should not contain achievements and academic track records that can be found on your resume. Instead, it should act as an introductory letter that allows your prospective employer to better understand you prior to an interview. It is thoughtful for an applicant to share his/her reasons for the job application and how his/her skills & personality could be a good fit for the organization. It is strongly recommended for you to:

  • Keep the length of your cover letter to only one page
  • Have a font size of between 11 and 12
  • Use the standard resume font (Arial / Calibri / Times New Roman)

Below is a good template of a cover letter. Replace each label that is encapsulated with a [bracket] with the relevant details.


[Your Name]

[Your Phone Number] / [Your Email]


[Employer’s Company Name]

[Employer Address]

Dear Sir/Madam

RE: Application for [position] in [Employer’s Company Name]


I am writing to apply for the [position] in [Employer’s Company Name]. Currently a [student/employee/etc] of [Your Organization Name], I have always been interested in [describe the industry that you are applying to]. Other than my vast interest in this profession, I also have many relevant technical skills and virtues to offer to your company.]

[Paragraph 1]

Describe your relevant skills to this industry

[Paragraph 2]

Describe your admirable & charismatic personality

[Paragraph 3]

Describe how would you value-add to your employer’s company


The enclosed resume provides more details of my skills and achievement track record. I hope that I can get a chance in striving to be a valuable addition to your team through my skills and personality. Please feel free to contact me at [Your Phone Number] and email at [Your Email]. Thank you for your time reading this and I look forward to speaking with you.

Yours Faithfully,

[Your Signature]

[Your Name Again]


Student Competitions hopes this article simplifies your life to a great extent and wishes you all the best in writing the perfect cover letter.

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