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A Sample of a Cover Letter for a Summer Job

223 Windsor Drive
Iowa City, IA 52240
March 14, 1999

Dear Ms. Hoyer:

Louis Pasteur was quoted as saying, "When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments: tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become." I, too, believe that tenderness and respect are essential to a child's total development. Through working with children and teenagers and through child development and psychology studies at Northwestern State College, I have developed skills to apply these two essentials. Please consider me for your summer child care worker opening at the Community and Family Resource Center.

Currently I am working on a rotation schedule of observation and participation two hours weekly at the Nimitz Drive Nursery School at Northwestern State as part of a course, Development and Growth of Young Children. In observation, I watch the children at play and activities, making notes of their behaviors, drawing inferences, and applying theories, principles, and views of development to those behaviors. During participation segments, I converse with children ages three to five on a one-to-one or small group level, listen to them, and participate in play and activities. I have found this nursery school atmosphere especially appropriate for cultivating tenderness and respect in these children.

Another experience which could be readily adapted to the Resource Center is my work as a counselor during the past two summers for boys and girls ages 11 to 14 at a junior high camp. This rewarding experience involved skills, such as creativity, leadership, listening, and one-to-one and small group communication. Although children in this age level are quite different from those in the nursery school group, I found once again that treating the campers with respect and care fostered cooperation and growth.

I am currently in my sixth semester at Northwestern State College with a major in Child Development and Family Studies. The enclosed resume outlines my strong educational background. I would like to use what I have learned through my work and educational experiences to help you at your Resource Center. Please write or phone me at 555-3012 so we may discuss the ways in which my qualifications can best serve the Center's segment of Iowa City youth.


Duane Horstman

Duane Horstman

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This handout was adapted by Judith Kilborn for the Write Place, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN; the sample itself was taken from Business Writing Strategies & Samples, by Jeanne Halpern, Judith Kilborn, and Agnes Lokke (New York: Macmillan, 1988, 447). The sample may be copied for educational purposes only. If you copy this document, please include our copyright notice and the name of the writers; if you revise it, please add your name to the list of writers.

Last update: 17 September 1999

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