Cover letter tips and samples

When sending a resume for a prospective job, you should include a cover letter to briefly introduce yourself and gain the attention of the reader to give your resume consideration.

Do:

  • Customize your cover letter for each job to touch on one or two highlights about your experience and achievements that matches the prospective employer’s needs
  • Convey your interest by demonstrating that you have investigated the golf facility and know something about it
  • Keep the cover letter brief, three to four short paragraphs (always have the reader’s perspective – they may not take the time to read the letter if it is very long)
  • Explain how the experience or training you have listed in your resume would be beneficial for the prospective employer
  • Specify the official title of the position for which you are applying
  • It’s okay to use first person “I” in a cover letter (but not in a resume)
  • Indicate that your resume is attached/enclosed
  • Ask for an interview
  • Keep a copy of your cover letter and other pertinent information close to the telephone for easy referral when a prospective employer calls

Don't:

  • Exceed one page
  • Put the letter on your current employer’s letterhead
  • Restate your resume or fill the letter with details you couldn’t fit into the résumé, but would like to mention
  • Mention salary (unless requested)
  • Sound apologetic, negative or overly grateful

Formatting:

  • First paragraph: Why you are writing/interest in the job and facility
  • Second paragraph: What you have to offer, highlights of career achievements that pertain to the prospective job
  • Third paragraph: optional – a few more highlights that match the prospective job
  • Concluding paragraph: Repeat interest and ask for interview
  • Use the same header (name and contact info) from the resume, and use the same font

Sample cover letters