Example cover letter with “Your Needs/My Qualifications” table


1234 Yellow Brick Road
City, State Zip Code
June 4, 2016

Mr. John Doe
Personnel Specialist
U.S. Mint
801 9th Street NW
Washington DC 20220

Dear Mr. Doe:

Subject: Marketing Manager Position (HR-503-78)

As a Marketing Specialist at ABC Marketing Corps since, 2012, I have been tracking the U.S. Mint’s record-breaking sales and marketing successes. I would welcome the opportunity to contribute to the Mint’s innovative marketing strategies.



Knowledge of business principles Seven years of experience as Marketing Specialist at ABC Marketing Corps managing sales accounts valued at $8.45 million annually, and a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
Negotiating skills Saved ABC Marketing Corps $2 million since 2014 by negotiating pricing of advertising.  Completed graduated coursework in marketing at the University of Maryland.
Communication skills Deliver monthly presentations to ABC Executive Board summarizing sales trends and new marketing strategies.  Gave keynote speech attended by 200 executives at annual meeting of the National Marketing Association in 2016.
Computer skills Expert in using PeopleSoft, Lotus, Ledger, Excel, SharePoint and various other accounting and web content management systems.
Excellent reputation Consistently earn outstanding annual evaluations.


I can be reached at 123-123-4567(w), 012-123-4567(c), or Jane.Smith@email.com. I am eager to speak with you about your opening for a Marketing Manager, and I appreciate your consideration


Jane Smith


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Lily Whiteman is a federal communications expert and author of “How to Land a Top-paying Federal Job,” and a trainer of career advancement skills and communication skills. Her website is IGotTheJob.net. Ask your career questions by email to lwhiteman@federaltimes.com or by Twitter to @Lilymwhiteman.

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