Sample: Cover Letter Based on a Referral
|Michael Ram, MSW, LCSW, C-ACYFSW|
525 Tops Road
March 8, 2009
Ahmad Abu-Taa, MSW, LCSW, ACSW
Social Work Department
St. Mary’s Treatment Center
854 Bell Road
Dallas, Texas 66524
Dear Mr. Abu-Taa:
Suzanne Patel, Director of the Family Center in Chicago, suggested that I contact you regarding your opening for a social worker in day treatment. I am currently working at the Family Center where Ms. Patel is my supervisor, but in May, I will be returning to Dallas where I used to live. I’m looking for opportunities to work with at-risk youth and families and would like to be considered for the position.
In addition to holding an MSW degree, I have training and experience in day treatment, pediatric social work, and women’s and children’s services. At the day treatment program for the Family Center in Chicago, I have spent the past five years working in a culturally diverse setting, handling assessments, participating in treatment delivery, and providing therapy for at-risk youth and their families. Prior to this, I was Volunteer Service and Children’s Program Coordinator for the Women’s Shelter in Dallas
Ms. Patel highly recommended the Day Treatment Center and said she believes my skills and background make me an excellent fit for the organization. It is also my understanding that your staff has initiated several programs that are considered models for working with culturally diverse populations. I am committed to working with culturally and underserved populations and welcome the opportunity to do so at St. Mary’s Treatment Center.
Enclosed is my résumé for your review. I will call your office within the next week to schedule an interview. If you prefer to contact me, I can be reached at 863-767-2498 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your consideration.
Michael Ram, MSW, LCSW, C-ACYFSW
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110 First Street
Alexandria, VA 22306
Mr. Henry Fouche
Best Plans Publicity, Inc.
800 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Dear Mr. Fouche,
Nancy Jones of Green & Associates Advertising, suggested I contact you regarding the possible public relations opening in your firm.
As an editor/writer for Alexandria’s city magazine, I’ve developed my talent and experience as a public relations writer. Because the staff is very small, I’ve worn a number of hats, including: developing the editorial format and individual story concepts, writing numerous articles, editing copy, laying out the magazine, and supervising production.
Prior to my current position, I was highly involved in the public relations industry, working for Jones & Jones, where I prepared numerous press releases and media guides, as well as managing several major direct mail campaigns.
My high degree of motivation has been recognized by my previous employers who have quickly promoted me to positions of greater responsibility. I was promoted from assistant editor to editor of Alexandria Monthly after only five months.
I am eager to talk with you about the contribution I could make to your firm. I will call you the week of April 25th to see if we can find a mutual time and date to get together and discuss the possibility.
Your consideration is greatly appreciated.