When applying for a specific job, you will send a cover letter to the potential employer, usually with your resume as an attachment. The cover letter should address the hiring manager (by name if possible), and describe why you’re interested in this particular company or role, and why you think you’re a good fit for the role.
As with your resume, the cover letter should be modified per employer, to accentuate the skills that are most pertinent to the specific role and company.
The cover letter should be brief; usually no more than half a page to one full page. (The more detailed information about you and your experience will be found in your resume.)
Here is an example of a cover letter:
Dear Hiring Manager,
I am writing in response to your ad seeking an Office Assistant at PSystems.
My organized nature and personable attitude make me a great candidate for this position. I take ownership of tasks quickly, I am a creative problem solver, and am adept at problem solving.
Additionally, I have expertise in:
I have worked in administrative support for over four years, and have spent more than a year as an Office Assistant with Benson and Sons, assisting with functions for over 150 staff. This has provided me with valuable knowledge that I would bring to this position.
Please take a moment to review my attached resume. I believe I have the qualifications you need and I look forward to hearing from you soon.