123 Any Street • City, ST 12345 • (555) 555-5555 • firstname.lastname@example.org
June 1, 200–
Human Resources Director
456 Any Street
City, ST 12345
Dear Mr. Cummings:
I would most definitely like to be Any Newspaper's next researcher! Upon review of the position announcement in the Post, I wanted to formalize my candidacy via this letter, the accompanying resume, and a writing sample. To summarize what I trust these documents reveal, in the capacity of researcher, I will utilize and expand upon the following strengths:
Research, fact-checking, and investigative skills gained as a reporter, copywriter, and editor for magazines, newspapers, and book publishers.
Specialized knowledge and research skills developed as author and coauthor of books on sports and communications and articles on topics ranging from crime and sports to medicine and humor.
Capacity to contribute to the process associated with conceiving of story ideas and conducting research at all stages.
Expertise using the Internet, databases, printed references, and interview techniques.
During an interview, I can first learn more about your expectations for the researcher and then elaborate upon how each of the above-listed skills would contribute to my success as a critically important member of the Any Newspaper team. I will call to confirm receipt of this letter and to discuss your thoughts regarding whether a phone or in-person interview would be appropriate. Thank you for your consideration.