How to Write a Letter to Explain Why I Want a Job

Updated March 16, 2017

A letter of interest for employment, also known as a cover letter, explains why you want a job with that particular company and why you would be a good fit. It is an opportunity to display your knowledge of the company and explain why you want the job. When you explain your interest in the position, strive to fit your interests with the company's work culture and ethic.

Research the company. Find out who the hiring personnel director is and write down the exact spelling of her name. Seek to find out the company's history and recent projects.

Place your address and contact information at the top of the page. On the left side of the page, write the following information on separate lines: the hiring director's name, the hiring director's job description, the company, the company street address, the state and postcode.

Use the personnel director's name in your salutation.

Type the first paragraph, explaining your purpose for the letter, including how you found the job opening and what interests you about the job. Use the research about the company in this section. Tie in the reasons you like the company with aspects of your job skill set.

Type the second paragraph, explaining why you would be a good fit for the position. Do not simply reiterate information found in your resume. Explain life experiences and personal attributes you have that make you an ideal candidate for the job.

Close the letter, thanking the reader for his time and explaining how you will follow up.

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Based in Traverse City, Mich., George Lawrence has been writing professionally since 2009. His work primarily appears on various websites. An avid outdoorsman, Lawrence holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both criminal justice and English from Michigan State University, as well as a Juris Doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he graduated with honors.