Sometimes you don't have the time or inclination to write a lengthy, detailed, customized letter in response to a want ad. When you're in a rush, when the job is way off target, or when it's not particularly important to you, it saves time to use a generic, one-size-fits-all cover letter.
The letter below is a good example. Simply substitute job title, newspaper, years of experience, and other basics for those in this letter.This isn't a tactic to use on a want ad for the job of your dreams, but it will work in a pinch.
CHARLES W. GRANQUIST
412 Post Avenue | Westbury, NY 11590
H: 516-944-8265 | C: 516-788-3759 | firstname.lastname@example.org
February 15, 20
Stanley R. Lockie
Ogilvy & Mather
450 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022-2605
Dear Mr. Lockie:
I am very interested in the Production Artist position advertised in the New York Times on Wednesday, December 12, 20. With more than 11 years of experience in a variety of graphics production positions, I feel that I would be an excellent candidate.
My resume is enclosed summarizing where my skills and abilities have been developed. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss my background with you further at your convenience.
Charles W. Granquist