Samples of the Best Cover Letters
Cover Letter Examples Listed by Type of Job and Letter
When applying for a job, you should always include a cover letter. Even if a job listing does not specifically request a cover letter, it can be a terrific way to summarize your skills and experiences, and explain (in more detail than a resume) why you are an ideal candidate for the job.
It's important to write a letter that specifies what makes you one of the best candidates for the position. Your cover letter should be well written, and should be targeted to the position for which you are applying.
Make connections between your experiences and the skills required to excel in the job. Your cover letter is one of the first thing the hiring manager will see (along with your resume), so make sure it grabs the reader’s attention.
Use these cover letter samples to get ideas for your own cover letters, so you can show employers why you should be selected for an interview.
How to Use Cover Letter Samples
Cover letter samples are a great place to start before writing your own letter. Read through some of the samples below, focusing on ones related to your industry.
These samples can help you format your letter. They can also give you ideas for the language you might want to use, and the information you should include.
However, be sure to customize your letter to fit your own skills and experience, and the job for which you are applying. You can also alter the format of a resume example. For instance, if the example has three paragraphs, and you only want to include two paragraphs, you can do so.
Also be sure to read this list of tips for writing a strong cover letter, and this detailed cover letter guide. If you are having trouble with a particular section of your cover letter, check out these articles on cover letter salutations, cover letter closings, and parts of a cover letter.
Best Cover Letter Samples
Review an alphabetical list of great cover letter examples listed by occupation, as well as by type of cover letter.
Use these examples to get ideas for your own cover letters.
A - E
· Academic Advisor
· Academic Cover Letter
· Academic Cover Letter (science)
· Administrative Coordinator
· Admissions Counselor
· Applying for More Than One Job
· Athletic Director
· Biomedical Engineer
· Block Format Cover Letter
· Business/Technical (with referral)
· Camp Counselor
· Career Change
· Cold Contact Cover Letter
· College Graduate
· College Graduate
· College Student
· Communications Director (email cover letter)
· Construction Management
· Customer Service
· Database Administrator
· Development/Museum Position
· Director of Operations
· Editorial Assistant (email cover letter)
· Education/Alternative Education
· Email Cover Letters
· Employee Referral
· Entry Level (analyst)
· Entry Level (finance)
· Entry Level (marketing)
· Event Planner
F - M
· Faculty Position
· Finance Internship
· Flight Attendant
· Front End Web Developer
· Golf Caddy
· Hair Stylist
· Higher Education Communications
· Information Security Analyst
· Informational Meeting Request Letter
· Internal Marketing (with referral)
· Job Promotion Cover Letters (communications and retail)
· Job Transfer Request Letter
· Job Transfer Request Letter Example (relocation)
· Letter of Interest
· Letter of Interest
· Market Research Analyst
· Marketing Assistant (college student)
· Media Relations (college graduate)
N - R
· Networking Cover Letters
· Occupational Therapist
· Office Assistant (part-time)
· Part-Time Job
· Physical Therapist
· Programmer Analyst
· Prospecting Letter
· Recruiting Manager
· Referred by a Contact
· Request a Meeting
· Research Technician
· Retail Management
S - Z
· Salary History
· Salary Range
· Salary Requirements
· Sales Associate (summer)
Top Cover Letter Trends for 2014
As 2014 approaches I’ve been putting together a series of articles on the top tips and trends for resumes, cover letters, job searches, and LinkedIn profiles. In this piece I’m shedding light on what I see as the top cover letter trends going into 2014.
Evolution of the E-Note
The Internet and social media are rapidly changing the shape of how we job search. It can be daunting at times to keep up with the ever-changing dynamics of job searching as technology evolves. Even something as simple as the cover letter has succumbed to the digital age and all its advances. So how has the cover letter evolved? Essentially, it has adapted into a more concise, focused e-note sent via e-mail or uploaded in text format on a job board. The pressure to not be verbose and instead be to the point has never been more palpable—and the e-note is the culmination of that.
The e-note is about half the length of a traditional cover letter, written so it’s easy to read on a smartphone, and contains high-value facts drilled down to be as concise as possible—making each and every word count.
Punchy Subject Lines
Job seekers are getting wiser and more strategic in how they approach their job searches. Even down to being creative with the subject lines of the e-mails they send to employers with their resumes and cover letters. Some of the most effective I’ve seen name drop, contain a branding statement, ask a question, or find some other creative out-of-the-box way to grab the recipient’s attention. I’ll go more in-depth regarding name dropping later in the article—even name dropping in the subject line. For example, I had a potential writer who was referred to me by a current writer; and another by a colleague whom I admire. Both writers included the person’s name in a subject line that read like this:
Jane Smith suggested I contact you …
John Smith suggested I reach out to you about the writer opening you have …
Either way, both caught my interest, and I immediately opened their documents to review them. My colleague’s reputation precedes her, and the quality of the work my writer produces is so valuable that I was confident the writers referred to me by them would be very high-quality too. I encourage you to use the same effective strategy when applicable in your job search. And if you don’t have a name that you can drop, consider a different subject line—one that includes your name and the position title:
John Smith, CPRW – Executive Resume Writer
Long-term executive resume writer – John Smith
Attention-Grabbing Opening Lines
Opening lines have become increasingly more critical because it’s imperative that you capture the hiring manager’s attention. Believe me, their attention spans have shortened; they have hundreds of other applicants to review, and there’s a good possibility they’re looking at your information on a smartphone. I foresee more candidates moving away from the traditional “please accept this in response to …” and to something that immediately speaks to the employer—as it should.
Here are two articles that will give you some great examples of how to change up how you start your cover letters:
Sharing Your Story
Engaging cover letters are the ones that get read. I see job seekers warming up more to sharing the “why” behind their desire for the position. While inserting accomplishment bullets is great for a quick relay of information, telling the story behind why you’re applying—the common thread between you and the position and the employer’s needs—is more compelling and engaging. On your resume, you don’t really get to share your story or explain in more detail the “why” behind your desire for the position. Without being too focused on yourself, the cover letter affords you the opportunity to make the connection and tell your story in an engaging and interesting way. Just remember to tie that to the needs of the employer and the position available. Everyone loves a good story—but the employer will still want to know what’s in it for them.
Quotes and Testimonials
A very powerful way to substantiate expertise and grab the hiring manager’s attention is through a quote that expresses the value you can offer a potential employer. Former supervisors or clients that can provide a one- or two-line testimonial of your experience and success is a great way to add credibility.
Within the first line of your cover letter or e-note, mentioning the name of your contact is a great way to ensure a connection and that your cover letter will be read. If someone referred you, mention it in your cover letter. It’s a very effective tool; and since referrals are the number-one way candidates find and secure employment, you’re leveraging a very effective method for getting attention—and the interview.
Adding a personal touch to your cover letter by providing a digital signature is also another growing trend. I think candidates are searching for any way they can find to set themselves apart and give their job search package a personal touch; and using a digital signature is one way that candidates are doing just that.
Another trend that I see growing in 2014 is including social media profile links at the end of the cover letter where the candidates put their signatures. When you sign a cover letter at the bottom, include a link to your video resume, online portfolio, online bio, or other social media profiles such as LinkedIn.com and VisualCV.com; it’s just another great way to control your personal brand and direct the employer to additional information they may find worthwhile when making a decision about whom to interview.
For a creative twist on this, try creating a PS at the end of your cover letter that says something like:
PS: I would love to share more with you about my experience as a project manager. Please feel free to view my LinkedIn profile and connect with me at www.LinkedIn.com/bestprojectmanagerxyz or you can view my Video Resume online at www.razume.com/bestprojectmanagerxyz.
I wish you all the best in 2014, and may you enjoy a quick and fruitful job search!
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