Cover Letter Examples and Writing Tips
100+ Free Cover Letter Samples Listed By Type, Format, and Job
When applying for a job, a cover letter should be sent or posted with your resume or curriculum vitae. A cover letter is a (typically) one-page document that explains to the hiring manager why you are an ideal candidate for the job. It goes beyond your resume to explain in detail how you could add value to the company.
It can be helpful to look at cover letter samples when writing your own. A sample can help you decide what to include in your letter, and how to format the letter.
This collection of free professionally written cover letter examples will help you get started. Below you'll find both hard copy and email examples, for a variety of different types of employment inquiries and job applications including general cover letters, cold contact cover letters, referral letters, customized cover letters, job promotion letters, networking outreach letters, and letters to inquire about unadvertised openings.
Cover Letter Examples and Templates
These samples, templates, and examples of different types of cover letters will give you ideas and suggestions for your letter. Read through some samples, and then customize your own letter so it shows why you should be selected for an interview.
Cover Letter Samples
Review examples of cover letters and email cover letter messages for a variety of circumstances.
Applying for a New Job
Applying for a Transfer or Promotion
Email Cover Letter Examples
Inquiry and Networking Letters
Cover Letters With a Referral
Cover Letter Formats and Templates
Review examples of professional formats, layouts, and templates to use to apply for jobs.
Examples Listed by Type of Applicant
These cover letter samples are for candidates who are applying for a specific type or level of position.
Tips for Writing a Cover Letter
Tailor each letter to the job. It takes a little extra time, but be sure to write a unique cover letter for each job. Your cover letter should be specific to the position you are applying for, relating your skills and experiences to those noted in the job posting.
Use keywords. One useful way to tailor your letter to the job is to use keywords from the job posting. Circle any words from the job posting that seem critical to the job, such as specific skills or qualifications. Try to use some of these words in your letter. This way, at a glance, the employer can see that you match the requirements of the job.
Explain how you will add value. Think of concrete ways to prove you will add value to the company. Include examples of specific accomplishments from previous jobs. For example, if you helped reduce turnover by 10% at your last company, or implemented a filing strategy that reduced file errors by 15%, include this information. Try to quantify your successes when possible to clearly demonstrate how you could add value at the company.
Look at cover letter samples. Check out a few sample cover letters before writing your own.
Samples will give you an idea of what information to include in your cover letter, and how to format the letter. However, never simply copy and paste a sample cover letter. Change the letter to fit your specific skills and experiences, and the job you are applying for.
Edit, edit, edit. Your cover letter is your first, and best, chance to sell the hiring manager on your candidacy for employment, so make sure it's perfect. Read through your letter, proofreading it for any spelling or grammar errors. Ask a friend, family member, or career counselor to read it as well. You want to make sure the letter is polished before submitting it.
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Cover Letter Examples Listed by Type of Job
Samples for Different Professions and Positions
When you are writing cover letters to apply for jobs, it's a good idea to review examples of cover letters that are relevant to the job you are applying for. These sample letters will give you ideas for how to convince the employer that you are a good match for the position.
How to Use Sample Cover Letters
Don't just copy the sample cover letters listed below. Rather, use these samples for inspiration.
Scroll through the alphabetical list and find the cover letter that matches the type of job you're applying for.
Then, read the letter. Keep an eye out for the letter's structure. How is information presented in the sample letter? The body of a cover letter is divided into three sections:
- The opening paragraph: Start off the letter by saying why you're writing. You'll want to mention both the company name and the specific job title you are applying for. You can also note where you saw the job listing. If you have a connection at the company, or were referred to the position, mention that as well. (Just make sure to ask your connection if it's OK to name drop.)
- The middle paragraphs: Use this space to provide details on why you're a good fit for the position, but avoid recreating your resume.
- The final paragraph: Wrap up your cover letter with a thank you and follow-up information.
As you read through the sample letters below, pay attention to how they follows this structure, using it to provide evidence for the letter writer's candidacy.
Think about how you will highlight your own skills and use the limited space available within your cover letter to share the most important details of your work history and accomplishments. The aspects you highlight in your cover letter should reflect details from the job description — this helps demonstrate that you're a good fit for the position.
Here's how to match your qualifications to a job description.
Notice the word choices and voice used in the example letter you're reading. Look for how the letter writer conveys personality and passion for the position, as well as the use of common cover letter phrases, such as "Thank you for your consideration," "I look forward to hearing from you," and "Because of XYZ, I'm a strong candidate for the position." Use these phrases yourself, as necessary, but always aim to keep your letter personalized and genuine.
Cover Letter Examples Listed by Type of Job
Review this alphabetical list of cover letters for a variety of different professions and types of jobs to use as a starting point for writing your own personalized cover letters.
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