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12 CV cover letter examples

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A  cover letter  for your CV, or covering note is an introductory message that accompanies your CV when applying for a job.

The purpose of the cover letter is simple… Persuade the reader to open your CV.

Learn how to write a cover letter properly, and you will hugely increase your chances of getting responses and landing job interviews.

This guide, with 12 annotated cover letter examples will show you everything you need to know about creating a winning cover note.

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How to layout a cover letter for your CV

This annotated example of a cover letter shows you how you should structure your cover letters, and the type of information you should be including.

You should always write your CV in the body of your email (or j ob site messaging system) so that it can be read instantly. Never attach it as a separate document, or the recipient probably won’t open it.

How to write a cover letter

Example CV cover letters

These 11 example CV cover letters from a range of industries should give you some good inspiration for creating your own cover letter.

Admin CV cover letter

Administrator Cover Letter example

This cover letter is aimed at administrative roles , so it highlights the candidate’s abilities in efficiency, report writing and meeting deadlines, whilst demonstrating the types of environments they have worked in.

Learn how to write a cover letter step-by-step here.

Customer service CV cover letter

Customer service cover letter example

This customer service cover letter briefly explains the candidate’s length of experience in the field and highlights some of the more important customer service skills such as call handling, order taking and complaint resolution.

This gives the reader an excellent introduction to the candidate and should certainly encourage them to open the CV.

See our full customer service cover letter guide,  sales assistant cover letter example  and waiter/waitress cover letter example .

Finance CV cover letter

Finance cover letter example

As a finance professional, it’s important to highlight your specialisms within finance, the types of companies you’ve worked for, and high level functions you’ve carried out within your cover letter. This will give the hiring manager a good overall feel of your abilities, and if it’s well tailored to the role, should provide them with enough info to excite them about your CV.

Quick tip: Use our job application tracker spreadsheet to track your applications and follow up with employers who don’t respond.

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Events CV cover letter

Events manager cover letter example

This events manager candidate has done a great job of summarising the type and size of events they manage, along with details of core skills such as leadership, project delivery and stakeholder management.

This certainly provides enough info to create a buzz around the CV attached and encourage the recipient to open it.

Executive assistant CV cover letter

Executive assistant cover letter example

This executive assistant CV cover letter provides a good high level intro to the candidate showing the reader key business support knowledge in areas such as admin, diary management and document management. It also shows that the candidate is confident supporting senior business figures.

Graduate CV cover letter

Graduate cover letter example

As a graduate , your cover letter will need to be a little longer than an experienced candidates, to compensate for your lack of experience and really sell yourself.

This candidate speaks in lots of detail about their education, qualifications, and extra-curricular work which relates to the roles they are applying for.

IT CV cover letter

IT Support cover letter example

As an IT candidate, it’s important not only to highlight your technical skills, but also show how you apply those skills in the workplace to translate real benefits for your employer.

This candidate gives a good overview of the candidates technical abilities and the types of projects they apply them to, along with results they achieve.

Marketing CV cover letter

Marketing Cover Letter example

This marketing cover letter provides readers with a summary of the candidate’s core marketing abilities such as media planning, brand awareness and cost reduction. It also explains the types of marketing campaigns and companies they have experience with – a great high-level intro.

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Project manager CV cover letter

Project manager cover letter example

A project manager’ s cover letter needs to quickly explain to recipients the types of projects they lead and the technical expertise they bring to the projects. It’s also important to describe level of experience, seniority and background.

See full project manager cover letter example + writing guide

Operations manager cover letter

Operations manager cover letter example

This operations management CV provides a brief introduction to the types of operations the candidate manages and the firms they work for.

They also touch upon some core operations skills such as efficiency, logistics and ROI improvement.

Sales CV cover letter

Sales cover letter example

As a sales candidate, this cover letter shows the types of business this person can generate and the size and scale of the impact they create by highlighting some sales results.

It also mentions some core sales skills like business development, presenting, working under pressure and closing deals.

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Teacher cover letter

Teacher cover letter example

This teacher cover letter does a great job of introducing the candidate, and showing the recipient the key facts they will be looking for, such as; the age group they teach, subject specialisms, and the results they have achieved.

The cover letter is brief and gets to the point quickly, so that readers will instantly look to open the attached CV .

How to write your CV cover letter

Now that you’ve seem good examples of cover letters to accompany your CV (or resume if you are in the USA) this guide will show exactly how to write your own, and the content that needs to be included .

Send your CV cover letter in email format (when possible)

When applying for jobs online you usually have 2 choices…

1) Send a message via the job website’s messaging system

2) Send the recruiter an email directly

If you can find an email address for the recruiter, then I would always recommend sending an email directly because it gives you more control.

When you send a message through a job website, it will transfer into an email with basic formatting and an auto-generated headline , which will look like this when the recruiter receives it.

Email Subject line

If you cannot find an email address for the recruiter on the job advert, then try searching LinkedIn or the company website to find the relevant contact.

You may not always be able to find an email address, but when you can – always send a job application by email .

Make your subject line appealing

As you can see in the picture above, a bad subject line can kill your chances of actually having your email read in the first place.

Your subject line should stand out and give the recruiter a reason to open your email.

When recruiters look into their inbox, they are looking for one thing; a candidate who can do the job they are advertising – so give that to them in your subject line.

Your subject line should be a short summary of your experience that relates directly to the job you are applying for.

The following are good subject line examples;

KS2 Teacher with 5 years experience

Front End Web developer with HTML, HTML & JavaScript experience

Junior Graphic designer with 1st BA Hons Graphic Design

If your subject line shows that you have one or two of the most important requirements for the job, your email should get opened every time.

Address the recruiter by name

Address by name

To get the relationship off on the right foot, you should try to address the recruiter by name if you can.

Often the recruiter’s details will appear on the job advert but sometimes you may have to check out the company website or do some digging around on LinkedIn.

If you really can’t find the name, then it’s not the end of the world – just start with a simple friendly opening like “ Hi ”

(If you applying to a more traditional organisation such as an academic post for a university, you may want to use something a bit more formal like “ Dear sir or madam ”)

Use a friendly yet professional tone

It’s important to sound professional when writing a cover letter but you also need to demonstrate your ability to communicate with other people and show some personality.

If your email is too casual and written in an over-familiar tone, then you will come across us un-professional.

But on the other hand, if your email is too formal and shows no signs of rapport building, you risk appearing as somebody who lacks social skills.

So when writing your cover letter, try to strike a nice balance of professionalism and friendliness.

Opening with a line such as “ hope you’re well ” is a nice way to breathe a bit of personality into your cover letter.

Ensure that your spelling and grammar is perfect throughout your cover letter because sloppy mistakes are a huge red flag for recruiters.

Quick tip:  If you struggle with spelling and grammar, try our quick-and-easy CV Builder

Keep it brief

Unless the job advert specifies otherwise; keep your cover letter short and sweet.

Recruiters and employers receive hundreds of job applications per week, so they don’t want to read a 2 page cover letter.

Depending on the role, around 2-4 sentences should be enough for the content of the cover letter.

You just need to write enough to persuade them to open your CV – It should roughly contain the same amount of information as your CV profile or personal statement.

Show how your skills match the job

Hard skills vs soft skills

To ensure that recruiters open your CV, you simply need to explain how your skills and experience match the job requirements from the advert.

Scan the job advert to discover what the most important candidate abilities are, and show how your previous experience has prepared you to cover these.

In particular, look out for any requirements that are essential to the job .

Focus on what you have to offer at this stage and not what you want.

At this stage, your covering letter is simply a means of getting the recruiter to open your CV, so it’s too early to talk about salary demands etc. Save that for your initial conversation with the recruiter.

Include a professional signature

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End your cover letter with a friendly salutation such as “Regards” and a smart signature which includes your name and most direct contact method (usually mobile phone for most people)

A professional email signature will show recruiters that you understand business-email etiquette and ensure they have a means of contacting you – even if they can’t open your CV for any reason.

Writing a CV cover letter

Hopefully this guide has given you everything you need to create a winning cover letter that will ensure you CV gets opened every time you send it.

Just remember to keep it brief, be friendly, tailor it towards your target role, and give recruiters some good reasons to be interested in you.

Good luck with the job hunt!

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How To Write a Cover Letter for a CV (With Examples)

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Tips for Writing a Cover Letter for a CV

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When you apply for a job with a  curriculum vitae  (CV), it's important to include a cover letter, also known as a covering letter. This letter allows you to make a favorable first impression, using narrative in your own tone of voice to catch the reader’s attention and encourage them to seriously review your attached CV.

Like a resume, a CV summarizes your skills and experience. The  difference between a CV and a resume  is length, the focus on credentials, and what the documents are used for. Typically, a CV is required to apply for roles in academia, scientific research, and medical fields. 

While your CV provides a detailed—and often lengthy—look at your experience and credentials, the cover letter is an opportunity to call out your most important qualifications and make a compelling case for your candidacy for the role at hand. Here's what you need to know to write a successful curriculum vitae cover letter. 

Tailor the Letter to Fit the Organization

The CV cover letter should be  tailored to respond to the unique and specific requirements  requested by each organization you are approaching. 

Do not use the same cover letter for every job you apply to, even though it may seem like a timesaver. 

Each letter needs to provide detailed information about why are you are qualified for the specific job in question, and it should outline the reasons for your interest in the company or organization. Being specific is advantageous. Even if you're applying for two similar roles in two different hospitals, the two hospitals may serve different populations or require slightly different responsibilities for people in the role. Your letters to each hospital should reflect that. 

Use your cover letter to identify the skills or experiences most specific to the job, rather than copying directly the information in your CV.

What to Include

As a candidate, it's tempting to feel like the cover letter is unnecessary, since it is likely that all the pertinent information is included in your CV. Still, as you can see, the cover letter is a helpful tool in your application. Here's what to keep in mind as you write a cover letter. 

Format Matters

The content of your cover letter should be brief and structured. Aim for 3-5 paragraphs in your letter.  Start with a salutation. Your letter should address the relevant contact, whose name often appears in the job advertisement. Avoid “Sir” or “Madam” if possible.

If the letter recipient's name isn't provided, try these  tips to determine the correct contact person . 

Start With an Introduction

Typically, the first paragraph will be an introduction—if you are applying to a job ad, mention it here. Mention the job title, any reference number, and where and when you saw it. The first paragraph is also where you should mention if someone referred you to the position. 

The Body of the Cover Letter

The body of the letter—the second and third paragraphs—should highlight your relevant skills and experience. Highlight your  transferable skills , achievements, and versatility. Explain what you can contribute and what makes you stand out from your competition. Include mention of your current or last job, qualifications, and professional and academic training, tailoring your information to make it as relevant as possible to the organization or job applied for.

In the body of the cover letter, you can mention personality traits relevant to the role at hand. You can also use this space to call out why you're interested in this specific role, at this specific company. Potential employers and hiring managers will appreciate it if you can show you've read the job ad and researched the company. 

Avoid lengthy repetition of information covered in your CV. Unlike a CV, it is acceptable to write a cover letter in the first person.

Conclude the letter by succinctly summarizing why an employer may want to meet and employ you. Include a polite expression of interest in further dialogue with the recruiter. Do mention that you would like the opportunity to discuss your suitability further in a personal interview and that you await a response in due course.

Follow Instructions 

In some cases, an advertisement will indicate that a more substantial letter is required. 

Always follow specific instructions and include any information if it is specifically requested. For instance, some employers may ask you to include your current salary or your desired salary range. 

Make Sure the Letter Reads Well 

Ensure that your CV cover letter flows freely. You do not need to precisely match every point on the job description. The reader should be left with an overall impression that you are a potentially valuable addition to the workforce.

The letter should be readable and engaging. 

Negative information of any sort should be avoided in your cover letter, as well as on your CV.

You'll want to be sure your letter is free from grammar or spelling errors. It should also be clearly presented—that means using standard formatting, and common  readable fonts  (such as Times New Roman or Verdana) in an appropriate size. 

This is a cover letter example. Download the cover letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

Depending on the employer's submission requirements, cover letters can be submitted online with your CV, uploaded online, or mailed. Be sure to follow the application instructions and follow the directions on how to apply. Consider this template for how to structure your letter: 

Belinda Applicant 123 Main Street Anytown, CA 12345 555-555-5555

October 25, 2021

Clark Lee, PhD Biology Department Chair Northwestern University 123 Business Rd. Business City, NY 54321

Dear Dr, Lee:

I am writing to apply for the position of assistant professor in the Biology department, as described in the Northern University website. The opportunity to teach biology appeals to me, and I believe I can be an asset to the department due to my experience as a field biologist, as well as my work as an adjunct professor at Southern State University. In accordance with your job description, I have the following skills:

• Experience lecturing to large audiences

• Experience with learning management systems and course design

• Ability to assist with labs for other professors

• Experience with grant writing and research

I have enclosed my curriculum vitae so you may examine my work and research experience, the papers I’ve published, and my educational background.

I can be reached anytime by email at or my cell phone, 555-555-5555. Thank you so much for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you about this position.

Signature (hard copy letter)

Belinda Applicant

When you are sending your cover letter by email, list your contact information in your signature rather than at the top of the letter. List your name and the job title in the subject line of the message. 

Here are more examples of cover letters that you can use as a starting point for your own correspondence.


Cover Letter Examples

Free Professional Cover Letter Example and Writing Tips

Margaret Buj

Career expert

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A cover letter that’s well-written and tailored for the position you want to get is an essential part of any job application.

A properly prepared resume is key for making a good first impression on potential employers. Additionally, it’s worth noting that at least 10% of all recruiters also expect candidates to submit a cover letter along with their resume.

Make sure yours stands out perfectly for the role you’re seeking by using our professional examples below along with our cover letter builder.

Choose Your Cover Letter Sample

Discover our sample cover letters for job applications and find out the best tips and advice.

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Examples of Cover Letters

There’s more than one way to format and prepare a letter . Depending on the type of job you’re targeting and your level of experience , you have several options to choose from.

Check out our article on how to write a cover letter for more useful tips and advice to help you write yours from scratch.

Get Started With a Simple Cover Letter

Little-to-no professional experience? Don’t worry! You can still create a cover letter that’s simple but effective. Use your letter to highlight your most employable features and get started on your career journey.

Dear Adrian,

I am writing to apply for the Customs Broker position at Geoplex Inc. as posted on I am a qualified and fully licensed broker, with over 4 years of experience and an exemplary history of managing drilling machinery imports.

I was particularly interested in the position with Geoplex, as I share in the company values of growth and innovation. Working with Benson LLC, my current organization, I’ve overseen a 12% cut in costs, as well as ensuring the standards of compliance expected by the US CBP.

Furthermore, I’ve developed a reputation for coming up with exceptional solutions to problems. This has been an especially vital skill in my current role, especially when resolving any factors arising from clearance and deliveries.

I am eager to continue my upward trajectory in a new position and would relish the opportunity to make that happen with Geoplex Inc. Please find enclosed my resume, which provides additional detail on my skills and experience as well as my complete contact information.

Please feel free to reach out to me at your leisure via my personal number or email address. I look forward to speaking to you further regarding the position.

Connie Barnes

What Makes This a Strong Simple Cover Letter?

A simple cover letter allows you to convey a lot of information fast with little excess detail. Done well, this type of cover letter gives you an edge over the competition, in a concise and focused manner.

Show why you’re suitable

In this example, the applicant uses a polite greeting and gives all their contact details. Importantly, they use the first paragraph to quickly outline interest in the job and explain why they’d be suitable .

This allows you as the candidate to show that you have a  genuine enthusiasm for applying . You can then dedicate the rest of the initial opening to offering some tidbits of information that will further motivate the recruiter to keep reading.

Learn the basics about  writing addresses on cover letters  so you can plan what information to include.

Showcase your achievements

In the next part of the document, our writer has added some key examples of how they made a difference in their last job. They’ve demonstrated a little about the essential tasks they did and focused on the results they achieved in doing so.

Get them to read your resume

To finish things off, they have reiterated their enthusiasm for the role and have gradually started to draw the conversation towards the possibility of an interview.

It also creates some interest in the resume (which will be a more detailed explanation of your professional experience).

As you can see, each part of the document takes the reader on a short journey from the reason for applying, to why you’d be the best candidate for the job, to finally angling towards the next steps of the process.

By doing this while focusing on the job description this will provide the recruiter with exactly what they’ll need to pick you for an interview.

Craft a Persuasive Professional Cover Letter

In our example of a professional cover letter, you’ll see how to start writing and organizing a document that can help take you to the next level of your career .

If you’ve already got a few years of experience under your belt, learn how to use it to your advantage.

Dear Patricia,

I wanted to make contact with you to register my interest in the Key Account Manager position with Rhino Insurance that is advertised on LinkedIn. During my 8 years of working in insurance, Rhino is a company I’ve always admired and I think I could offer you the skills you’re looking for.

My goal is and always has been to get the maximum from my staff and create excellent relationships with high-profile clients. That’s why over the last 4 years of working with Yannick Mutual I’ve overseen a 93% retention rate and helped to raise revenue by as much as 14%.

Great customer management is a skill that I know Rhino values highly and it is something I pride myself on also. Your 4.8-star customer satisfaction rating stands as a testament to your ability to respond properly to your client’s needs and I would love to bring my experience to help you achieve even better results.

I would be more than happy to talk in more depth about how I can help Rhino continue its success. Please contact me at 207-440-4475 if you would be interested in meeting for an interview.

Thank you for considering my application and I hope we can discuss the opportunity in more depth soon.

Raquel Galaz

What Makes This an Effective Professional Cover Letter?

Professional cover letters will need to be more detailed than some other types like  entry-level  or  simple cover letters .  However, conciseness is still key .

Start out strong

As you can see in this example of a good cover letter, the writer has started as usual by formally greeting the recruiter .

They then go on to introduce themselves and start making a strong case for why they would be the right choice.

Give specific examples

In the next section, they move on to explain a little about the way they manage in their current job. They also add specific instances  illustrating where they brought results .

As an experienced professional, you’ll be expected to provide plenty of examples of how you made a difference in previous jobs and what you achieved.

Encourage next steps

To finish things off, the candidate added important elements of a good conclusion:

  • Stating a desire to meet
  • Contact information
  • Thank you for the employer’s consideration

This detailed document covers a lot in just a few paragraphs, however, it strikes the right  balance between essential information and brevity . It also functions well as it is specifically tailored to the type of profile that the recruiter is looking for.

Elevate Your Entry-Level Cover Letter

When you’re starting in your career, or you’ve made a  major change of industry  you’re going to need an effective entry-level cover letter. Use our example to get your professional journey off on the right foot.

I am writing to express my interest in the Structural Engineer position with Rode Engineering advertised on Having recently completed my B.S. in Engineering from MIT in May 20XX, I would love to start my career with Rode and feel I would be a perfect fit for the role being offered.

You stated in your notice that you are looking for a candidate with superb communication skills, excellent focus, and who is a good team player. This is precisely what I would be able to bring to the position. During my time at MIT, I was an active member of the volleyball team, where interdependency, strategy, and quick decision-making were invaluable skills for success.

Additionally, over 2 summers, I interned with Humbert Energy for 6 months, working with their infrastructure team. This gave me a working knowledge of everyday engineering tasks as well as many more abilities such as spotting worn parts, serious flaws in a design, and necessary structural repairs.

As you can see, my hands-on experience, my extracurricular activities, and my Engineering B.S. make me a great fit for the Structural Engineer role at Rode. I would be excited to discuss the position more in person.

Thank you very much for considering my application. Please feel free to contact me either on my phone number 412-721-6679 or my personal email to talk about the position at length. I look forward to hearing from you.

Dan Gillard

What Makes This a Convincing Entry-Level Cover Letter?

Like all good cover letters, this example starts by making a  soft introduction  and giving a little detail as to why the candidate could be a good fit for the role.

Explain you’re newly qualified

The entry-level cover letter immediately addresses the elephant in the room — the lack of professional experience.

The candidate makes it clear that they’re newly qualified while emphasizing their enthusiasm for the role.

Highlight your qualifications

By mentioning their qualification right away , the recruiter can see they’re fully trained for the job, despite the lack of experience.

Your qualifications are going to be your biggest selling point in this type of letter. If you don’t have any, instead focus on relevant examples of hands-on work experience.

Show how you meet the requirements

In the main body of this example letter, we can see that the applicant has focused entirely on addressing the job requirements point-by-point. They’ve brought specific examples of where their  college education and time studying were put to good use  and how this could apply to the sort of profile the recruiter is looking for.

This involves a mix of  hard skills and soft skills , but it helps to make up for any lack of real-world professional experience. To make their case even stronger, they have been able to include details of an internship, which could help make a difference against the competition.

End on a positive note

To finish everything off, the writer has given a short prompt to  reiterate why they would fit the desired profile well , in a quick conclusion. All that then needs to be added is a short paragraph giving the recruiter a call to action and hopefully instigating the next steps in the process.

Create a Career Change Cover Letter

Here’s an example of a cover letter tailored for an individual making a career transition . This letter showcases how to effectively pivot skills and experience to a new industry:

Dear Ms. Smith,

I am writing to express my interest in the Marketing Specialist position at Innovatech Solutions, as advertised on LinkedIn. With a robust background in financial analysis, I am excited about the opportunity to apply my skills and experiences in a new and challenging context within the marketing industry.

In my previous role as a Financial Analyst at Global Finance Inc., I honed my skills in data analysis and strategic planning, which I believe are directly transferable to the Marketing Specialist role. For instance, I led a project where I analyzed market trends and financial data to develop strategies that increased our department’s efficiency by 25%. This experience has equipped me with a unique perspective and an array of skills that I am eager to bring to your team.

Moreover, my passion for creative problem-solving and digital marketing has driven me to pursue this career change. I have taken proactive steps to prepare myself for this transition, including completing a comprehensive digital marketing certification course and actively managing a small business’s social media accounts. My dedication to continuous learning and adaptation makes me well-suited for the dynamic environment at Innovatech Solutions.

I am particularly drawn to Innovatech Solutions because of your commitment to innovation and excellence in technology marketing. I am enthusiastic about the prospect of contributing to such a forward-thinking and innovative team, and I am confident that my background and drive for excellence will make me a valuable addition to your organization.

Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss how my experience and enthusiasm for change make me an ideal candidate for this position. I am available at your convenience for an interview and can be reached at (555) 123-4567 or [email protected].

What Makes This a Powerful Cover Letter?

This cover letter effectively addresses the challenges and opportunities of a career change. It demonstrates the candidate’s ability to transfer valuable skills from one industry to another, highlighting adaptability and a keen understanding of how past experiences can benefit the new role.

The specific mention of proactive steps taken to prepare for the industry switch , such as courses or certifications, showcases the candidate’s commitment and initiative, which are highly valued traits in any industry.

Focus on transferable skills and achievements. Demonstrate how your experiences in previous roles or industries can bring unique value and fresh perspectives to the new position.

Personalize your cover letter

Additionally, the cover letter is personalized to the target company, showing that the candidate has done their research and is genuinely interested in the company’s culture and values.

This level of personalization and the clear articulation of why the candidate is drawn to the company set this cover letter apart.

Show your enthusiasm for the new role

The candidate’s enthusiasm for the new field and the positive tone throughout the letter convey confidence and readiness for the transition, making a strong case for why they should be considered despite the career change.

This approach ensures that the focus is on the candidate’s potential and future contributions, rather than solely on their experiences in a different industry.

Return to Workforce Cover Letter

Returning to the workforce after a career gap is easier with the right cover letter. Show you’re ready to restart your career with these tips.

Dear Mr. Johnson,

I am excited to apply for the Project Coordinator position at TechPros Solutions, as posted on LinkedIn. After a dedicated pause in my career to focus on pursuing further education, I am eager to re-enter the workforce with a renewed passion and commitment.

During my career hiatus, I have actively honed my skills in project management and digital marketing through online courses and freelance projects. These experiences have not only kept me professionally engaged but have also reinforced my dedication to personal growth and learning.

My previous professional background includes Marketing Specialist roles at XYZ Marketing Agency, where I excelled in developing and implementing digital marketing campaigns that increased client revenue by 30%. Although I temporarily stepped away from the corporate world, I have remained committed to organizational skills, problem-solving abilities, and adaptability, which I believe are vital for success in the Project Coordinator role.

I am drawn to TechPros Solutions for its innovative approach to project management in the tech industry, and I am confident that my unique blend of experiences and skills will complement your team’s dynamic and innovative environment.

I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to discuss how my background and determination align with the goals of TechPros Solutions. Please find my resume attached, and I look forward to the possibility of an interview to further explore how my return to the workforce can be a valuable asset to your organization.

Thank you for considering my application. I can be reached at (555) 987-6543 or [email protected], and I am available for an interview at your convenience.

Emily Turner

What Makes This an Effective Return-to-the-Workforce Cover Letter?

This cover letter for re-entering the workforce effectively addresses the unique challenges and strengths of individuals returning after a career break. Here’s why it stands out :

Candid explanation

The candidate openly acknowledges their career hiatus and the reason behind it. This transparency demonstrates honesty and relatability, instantly connecting with hiring managers who appreciate straightforwardness.

Active skill enhancement

The cover letter highlights the candidate’s proactive approach during the career break, emphasizing continuous skill development through online courses and volunteer work. This showcases the candidate’s commitment to staying relevant in the industry.

Relevant transferable skills

The candidate strategically links their past professional experience, such as marketing roles, to the skills needed for the target position, in this case, project coordination.

By highlighting transferable skills like organization, problem-solving, and adaptability, the cover letter demonstrates readiness for the new role.

Alignment with company values

The candidate expresses genuine interest in the company by mentioning specific aspects of TechPros Solutions that attract them. This personalization shows that the candidate has done their homework and is genuinely excited about the organization.

Highlight the skills, experiences, and personal growth gained during the career break. Show potential employers how these factors make you a stronger and more well-rounded candidate.

This cover letter effectively bridges the career gap and positions the candidate as a valuable asset, ready to bring a fresh perspective and dedication to their new role.

It exemplifies how re-entering the workforce can be a positive and mutually beneficial experience for both the candidate and the company.

Ace Your Internship Application Cover Letter

Below is a sample cover letter tailored for internship applications, showing how to effectively showcase your academic background and enthusiasm for a specific role.

Dear Mr. Anderson,

I am writing to express my strong interest in the Marketing Internship position at InnovateTech Solutions, as advertised on As a sophomore pursuing a degree in Marketing at Valleyview University, I am eager to apply my coursework and passion for digital marketing to a real-world professional setting.

Through my academic coursework and extracurricular involvement, I have developed a solid foundation in digital marketing strategies, including social media management, SEO optimization, and email marketing, which I believe aligns perfectly with the requirements of the Marketing Internship. For instance, my coursework in Digital Marketing Trends has equipped me with a strong understanding of current market dynamics, and my involvement in the Marketing Club has allowed me to apply these skills in a practical context by organizing successful promotional campaigns for local businesses.

I am particularly drawn to InnovateTech Solutions for its reputation for innovation and commitment to cutting-edge technology solutions. I am eager to contribute to the company’s marketing initiatives and gain valuable hands-on experience in digital marketing under the guidance of your talented team.

My drive for excellence, adaptability, and strong work ethic make me a dedicated learner and a valuable addition to your organization. I am excited about the opportunity to further discuss how my skills and enthusiasm align with the goals of InnovateTech Solutions.

Thank you for considering my application. Please find my resume attached, and I am available for an interview at your earliest convenience. I can be reached at (555) 789-1234 or [email protected].

Hannah Williams

What Makes This a Strong Cover Letter for Internship Applications?

Firstly, this cover letter opens with a concise and clear introduction , leaving no room for ambiguity about the candidate’s interest in the specific internship role. This immediate expression of enthusiasm sets a positive tone for the reader.

Secondly, the cover letter effectively aligns the candidate’s academic and extracurricular experiences with the internship’s requirements .

Instead of merely listing qualifications, it provides context by highlighting relevant coursework and extracurricular activities. This approach allows the reader to see how the candidate’s background directly relates to the position.

Showcase your relevant coursework and extracurricular activities, and how they connect to the internship role to demonstrate your enthusiasm and eagerness.

Additionally, the cover letter has a high level of personalization. It’s evident that the candidate has invested time in researching the company, resulting in a letter that resonates with the organization’s mission and values . By expressing a genuine interest in the company, the candidate demonstrates their commitment to being a cultural fit.

In summary, this cover letter’s strength lies in its clarity, alignment of qualifications, and personalization, making it a well-rounded and compelling introduction to the candidate’s potential as an intern.

Creative Cover Letter

Creative cover letters stray a little from the normal rules of job applications. Find out how to effectively  create a document for a more artistic job that gets results  and demonstrates your creativity.

Dear David,

Fudge Digital is hiring and I am just the person you need. My name is Susan Taylor and I’m a seasoned and successful Digital Marketing Manager with more than 5 years of online marketing experience. Fudge is a business with a reputation for bringing together creativity and progress. Together, I think we’d make the perfect team.

I live and breathe life as a digital creative and in the last 5 years, it’s been my honor to be able to call myself a professional in this field. I make it my mission to create attractive and effective marketing assets that look great and sell better. In the last quarter, the digital assets my team and I brought to life have smashed their targets by over 30%.

My biggest guiding forces are communication and cooperation and I know that Fudge also appreciates these skills. I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years now and have always been impressed by the values of teamwork and inspiration that are woven into everything you do.

I was also totally blown away by your Award-winning video campaign. Hopefully, we’ll be able to work together to see that you retain the title next year.

Thank you for taking the time to read through my application. I am contactable by email every day or by landline Monday to Friday from 6 pm onwards. I hope we can meet soon to discuss how we can help Fudge reach even greater heights.

Yours truly,

Susan Taylor

What Makes This a Creative Cover Letter?

In most cases, creative cover letters involve  even more individuality than most  and rely on standing out. Nevertheless, they still follow normal letter-writing conventions.

As you can see in our professional example, the writer still uses  standard formality and letter structure . However, once they launch into their opening salvo they do so with a much more imaginative approach.

The letter opening still introduces the candidate and sells them a little as the perfect fit for the job. As you would normally expect, it also gives some detail about the  motivations of the applicant .

Don’t get too experimental with your cover letter. It is still a formal part of your job application and whilst you can take some risks it still has to focus on the task at hand.

The middle sections of this letter focus on building a complete picture of the candidate. It goes into detail whilst also  adding more creative embellishments  than you wouldn’t normally see in a  simple  or  professional cover letter .

Our candidate chooses to use specific examples  that illustrate the success their work has brought in. In this case, exceeding commercial targets by double-digit percentages.

This writer also goes a step further and gives a lot more information about  how the company itself got their attention  and how both parties’ goals align. Again, they cite a specific example to strengthen their hand and to show they have done their research on the business.

The author of the letter then finishes off with a quick thank you for consideration and gives the recruiter some details on how to make contact. This leaves the reader with a  positive final impression  as well as the precise sort of information they need to move the process forward.

As we can see, creative documents are worded very differently from more conventional ones. However, even in these cases, it’s still essential to  give as much evidence as possible  on your working record, using numerical data where possible.

How to Write a Short Cover Letter

It isn’t always necessary to write a cover letter that fills an entire page. If you can manage to explain why you’re the best candidate for the position, your  cover letter’s length   does not need to be that long .

Use the top 1 to 2 reasons you should be hired , and keep what you write relevant to the vacancy.

Dear Mr. James,

I’ve loved teaching and working with children and adolescents since I was a summer camp counselor in my junior year of high school.

I have over eight years of teaching experience at the middle school level, working with children that cover a wide range of learning skills. The state test scores of my students have collectively finished in the 95th percentile of all test takers in each of the past four years. Considering all of these factors, I believe I am the ideal candidate for the 7th and 8th-grade math teacher position at Woodlawn Middle School.

Please feel free to contact me at any time, I can be reached at 555-732-4198 or by email at [email protected]

Frederik Gorman

You might not think less is more when you are applying for a job vacancy. However, in this case, a short cover letter can be just as convincing as a long one . There are cover letters that last an entire page and list  irrelevant information .

The purpose of a short cover letter is to get straight to the point . As we can see in the above short cover letter example, the applicant makes it clear right away that they are excited about the chance to fill the position.

Don’t worry so much about trying to flatter the employer. Get into what makes you the perfect candidate right at the beginning, and mention you would like a response soon.

The body of the letter and the ending of the letter achieve several things :

  • Addresses a specific accomplishment
  • Makes the candidate’s skills and experience clear
  • Enthusiasm for the job and an interview

Normal cover letters will go into further detail regarding the experience and skills the candidate possesses, however, this type of letter briefly yet effectively communicates the same information.

What Should I Include in My Cover Letter?

An effective cover letter will need the following 4 key elements shown below

1. A formal greeting

Your first contact with the employer should be formal. You should address them as Mr/Mrs/Ms . for this initial interaction and state their name. If possible, avoid generic openers like “Dear Sir/Madam” or “To whom it may concern”.

2. A persuasive introduction

Use the first paragraph to introduce yourself as a candidate and to make a great first impression . Use this space to give quick reasons why you applied and would be the right choice for the precise job on offer.

3. Compelling paragraphs

This next part of the letter can be used to build a convincing argument as to why you’d be the right pick for the company . Use numerical evidence to support your case and make your achievements eye-grabbing.

4. Strong Final Impression

Finally, start moving the conversation toward the next stage of the job selection process. Encourage the recruiter to read your resume for further details and explain that you’re keen to meet in person as well as how you can be contacted.

[Hiring Manager’s name]

[Company name]

[Company address]

Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms. [Hiring Manager Name]

I am contacting you to communicate my interest in the Administrative Assistant role being advertised by [company]. This role caught my attention as I have a strong educational background and extensive experience in the office administration of medium-sized businesses. I think this knowledge and expertise could be highly valuable to [company].

During my 6-year career, I have assisted with a wide range of office administrative tasks using Microsoft Office and LibreOffice software. I have been responsible for maintaining and managing sensitive data at every step of the meeting organization from planning to the recording of minutes, as well as drafting critical communications.

In my current position, I was also tasked with optimizing the efficiency of our office supply buying, the results of which saved the company over $1,800 per quarter. I also enhanced my written skills greatly by assisting with the drafting and proofing of important executive correspondences.

I have enclosed my resume with this letter to provide further information about my career history so far. I hope that my credentials represent a good match for this role.

I am very keen to learn more about the position and would be eager to organize a meeting to discuss it in more detail. In the meantime, I’d like to thank you for your consideration and invite you to contact me at any time regarding the opportunity.

I can be reached every evening from 4 pm to 8.30 pm via home phone or at any time with my email address listed below.

Address Phone number Email address

Essential Points to Highlight In Your Cover Letter

What exactly should your cover letter include? Here’s a quick summary of the essentials:

  • Write for the employer : Keep the needs of the employer in mind when you start writing your letter. Discard any details that don’t serve the specific job description.
  • Highlight your strengths : Convey your achievements and results that best suit the job. Show that you could fit into the business easily and deliver success from the go.
  • Detail skills and qualifications : Briefly demonstrate to the employer you’ve got the right training for the role and show your dedication to personal and professional development.
  • Add a little something extra : Don’t shy away from adding relevant personal details that may enhance your profile. Highlight any hobbies or interests that could make you a good match for the role

Common Mistakes to Avoid in Your Cover Letter

Crafting the perfect cover letter is an art. While we’ve provided you with some stellar examples to guide you, it’s equally important to know what pitfalls to avoid . 

Here are some common mistakes that could be the difference between your application landing in the ‘yes’ pile or the recycling bin:

  • Overgeneralization : Tailoring your cover letter to each job application is crucial. Avoid using a one-size-fits-all approach. Recruiters can easily spot a generic cover letter, and it often suggests a lack of genuine interest in the role.
  • Rehashing your resume : Your cover letter should complement, not duplicate, your resume. Use this opportunity to tell a story or provide context to your experiences that your resume cannot convey.
  • Lengthy narratives : Brevity is the soul of wit, especially in cover letters. Keep it concise. Aim for a few short paragraphs, ensuring each sentence adds value and advances your case.
  • Neglecting the company’s culture : Each company has its unique culture and values. Show that you’ve done your homework by aligning your cover letter’s tone and content with the company’s ethos.
  • Typos and grammatical errors : Nothing undermines your professionalism more than spelling and grammar mistakes. Proofread meticulously, and consider having someone else review your cover letter.
  • Overconfidence or underconfidence : Striking the right balance is key. Avoid coming off as arrogant, but also don’t sell yourself short. Be confident in your abilities and experiences without overstepping.
  • Skipping the call to action : Conclude with a clear call to action. Express your enthusiasm for a potential interview and provide your contact details, encouraging the recruiter to engage further.
  • Ignoring instructions : If the job posting has specific instructions for your cover letter, follow them. Failing to do so can be seen as a lack of attention to detail or inability to follow directions.
  • Using clichés : Phrases like “I’m a team player” or “I think outside the box” are overused. Instead, provide specific examples that demonstrate these qualities.
  • Forgetting to personalize : Address the letter to a specific person whenever possible. “Dear Hiring Manager” is a last resort. Personalization shows you’ve put effort into understanding who is hiring.

Make your cover letter count by avoiding these common mistakes and you’ll be one step closer to landing the job you want.

Advantages of Using Cover Letter Examples to Write Your Own

As well as offering guidance and some inspiration , cover letter examples can be useful tools in helping you learn how to  highlight the most important information  that employers will need to know about.

When  creating your cover letter , ResumeCoach’s examples can help with the following points:

Learn the length you should use and the sections that you will need to include.

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Personalize your cover letter and find the keywords that work for your sector.

3. Choice of language

Get the level of formality right and make the text accessible for any recruiter.

4. Adaptability and speed

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What is a cover letter and what does it contain

A cover letter is a letter of introduction that you attach to your resume when you apply for a job. Oftentimes, job ads call it a covering letter, letter of motivation, or a letter of introduction – it’s all the same thing.

Ideally, you should aim at half-page to full-page . Its purpose is to introduce you to a potential employer and tell an inspiring story of your career and why you should be their next hire. Here’s a full guide on cover letter length that we’ve prepared.

A good cover letter can be separated into five different segments : salutation, opener, body, call to action, and closer . When appropriate, you can cover any gaps in employment, your availability, and if you’re ready to relocate.

Now, let’s dig deeper into the sections that a good cover letter includes .

Share your own contact details along with the recipient's contact information.

Introduce yourself and state the purpose of your letter. The salutation shows respect to the recipient and is tailored to the individual, if possible, to add a personal touch.

Elaborate on your qualifications, experience, and skills related to the job. This section is the core of your cover letter, offering compelling evidence of why you're the ideal candidate for the position.

Reiterate your interest, sign-off and request a follow-up.


Marketing cover letter examples

Move up the ladder in your marketing career with a cover letter that grabs the recruiting manager’s heart. Find your position below and take a closer look into how you should build your marketing cover letter with an example below.

  • Creative Marketing
  • Social Media Manager
  • Digital Marketing Intern
  • Product Marketing Manager
  • Marketing Director
  • Social Media Specialist


Medical cover letter examples

Show your true medical potential with the power of a well-structured, professional cover letter. Choose from one of our custom-made examples and make a cover letter that gets you the job.

  • Dental Hygienist
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Medical Sales
  • Medical Scribe
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Radiologic Technologist
  • Dental Assistant
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Paraprofessional
  • Physician Assistant
  • Esthetician
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Technologist
  • Patient Service Representative
  • Travel Nurse
  • Phlebotomist
  • Certified Medical Assistant
  • Cosmetologist
  • Home Health Aide
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Rep
  • Nursing Student
  • Charge Nurse
  • Health Coach
  • Hospital Volunteer
  • Veterinary Technician


Education cover letter examples

Let your academic accomplishments speak for themselves. Choose a cover letter template around education and focus on the important things by following our templates.

  • University Faculty
  • Math Teacher
  • Resident Assistant
  • School Counselor
  • Research Associate
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Student Teacher
  • Art Teacher
  • Campus Director


Operations cover letter examples

The world goes around thanks to operations specialists. Communicate you vision for the future with potential employers and focus on how you can help the company you’re applying at grow.

  • Executive Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Director Of Operations
  • Forklift Operator
  • Office Assistant
  • Office Administrator
  • Project Coordinator
  • Quality Control
  • Security Officer
  • Case Manager
  • School Bus Driver
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Test Engineer
  • Event Planner
  • Service Advisor
  • Personal Assistant
  • Delivery driver
  • Administrator
  • Qa Automation
  • Financial Accountant
  • Operations Manager
  • Database Analyst
  • Procurement
  • Event Coordinator


Hospitality cover letter examples

Working in the hospitality industry requires calm, focus, and perseverance. Tell your story to employers by following our time-proven cover letter templates and get that new job.

  • Restaurant Manager
  • Hospitality
  • Food Service


Construction & maintenance cover letter examples

Build your cover letter using one of our cover letter templates around the construction and maintenance industry. Focus on your strengths and let our cover letter builder do the job.

  • Architectural Designer
  • Maintenance Technician


Entertainment cover letter examples

Focus on your capabilities and let your character shine through one of the cover letter examples below.

  • Video Producer
  • Game Design
  • Motion Graphics
  • Film Production
  • Cinematographer
  • Makeup Artist
  • Audio Engineer


Finance & banking cover letter examples

Sum up your skills and experience and show employers your character with a professional cover letter. Just follow one of the examples below and you’ll be on your way to a new job.

  • Finance Director
  • Accounts Clerk


Human resources cover letter examples

Spend time communicating your HR skills and experience. Just pick a cover letter example that matches your job and follow the instructions in the article.

  • Talent Acquisition Manager
  • Recruiting Coordinator
  • HR Business Partner
  • Hr Generalist
  • Human Resources
  • Program Coordinator
  • Assistant Manager
  • Hr Assistant


IT & software engineering cover letter examples

Show how serious you are about your future and career growth with a well-written cover letter. Pick one of the job matching examples below and just follow our guidelines.

  • Full Stack Developer
  • Software Engineering Intern
  • Software Developer


C-Level management cover letter examples

Cover letters are a great way to communicate the way you think and how you see the future. Pick a template that’s made for your position and use our cover letter builder to make yours shine.

  • Chief Of Staff
  • Vice President
  • Managing Director


Project management cover letter examples

Tell the story of how you make ideas into real-life products thanks to your project management skills. Choose an example that’s made for your job position and build your cover letter.

  • Program Manager
  • Communications
  • IT Project Manager
  • Technical Project Manager
  • Scrum Master
  • Project Manager


Science cover letter examples

A cover letter can help you tell your story and make your resume that much better. Choose one of our science-related cover letter examples and make yours shine.

  • Lab Technician


Engineering cover letter examples

Present your love for making concepts a reality. Click on an engineering cover letter example that’s made for your position and follow the guide. You’ll be sure to build a cover letter that makes you stand out.

  • Entry Level Civil Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer

Sales cover letter examples

Use a cover letter to impress hiring managers with your story. Show your understanding of human psychology by using a cover letter on top of your resume. Just pick a cover letter example and follow the guide.

  • Vice President of Sales
  • Sales Representative
  • Sales Manager
  • Head of Sales
  • Entry Level Sales
  • Director Of Sales
  • Regional Sales Manager
  • Vp Of Sales
  • Car Salesman
  • Sales Consultant
  • Sales Director
  • Sales Associate
  • Sales And Marketing
  • Sales Engineer
  • Sales Person
  • Insurance Sales
  • Outside Sales
  • Sales Analyst
  • Supply Chain
  • Inside Sales
  • Sales Coordinator

Business development cover letter examples

Your expertise is everything when it comes to business development positions. Focus on your skills and tie them in with your accomplishments – just pick a cover letter example that suits your position.

  • General Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Development
  • Business Development Manager
  • Business Intelligence
  • Management Consultant
  • Office Manager
  • Tableau Business Analyst
  • Account Director
  • Digital Director
  • Director Of Business Development
  • Vp Business Development
  • Salesforce Business Analyst
  • Department Head
  • Strategy Consultant


Retail cover letter examples

Create a cover letter that gets you remembered. Pick a cover letter example from the retail industry and make a job application that gets you remembered.

  • Warehouse Manager
  • Inventory Manager
  • Warehouse Associate
  • Warehouse Worker
  • Store Manager


Legal cover letter examples

Applying for a job in the legal industry with a cover letter is almost always a must. Pick a cover letter example that fits your needs and get to writing.

  • Accounts Payable
  • Audit Manager
  • Legal Assistant
  • Law Enforcement


Customer relationship management cover letter examples

Show your experience in handling client-related issues with a well-written cover letter. Focus on your skills and tie in your accomplishments with what the company you’re applying to needs.

  • Technical Account Manager
  • Account Executive
  • Customer Success Manager
  • Customer Service Associate
  • Call Center Representative
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Account Manager
  • Customer Service Manager


Real estate cover letter examples

Show your talent in finding, marketing, and selling homes quickly. Use one of your cover letter examples and build yours in minutes.

  • Interior Designer
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Property Manager
  • Interior Design
  • Lending Manager
  • Real Estate Portfolio Manager


Innovation management cover letter examples

There’s no better way to communicate your experience and vision for the future than using a cover letter – choose an example and just follow the instructions.

  • Business consultant cover letter examples
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  • Change management cover letter examples
  • Innovation engineer cover letter examples
  • Innovation Specialist
  • Supply Chain Manager


Product management cover letter examples

Your work makes a company tick. Tell your experience in building products with a cover letter that adds to your resume.

  • Product Owner
  • Procurement Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Production Coordinator


Transportation cover letter examples

Focus on accomplishments and skills while you’re writing your cover letter. Tie it in with the needs of the company you’re applying for.

  • Truck Driver


Data cover letter examples

Your ability to work with data is valuable to most modern companies. Show them a story-driven cover letter and get the hiring manager’s attention by simply following one of the guides below.

  • Data Analyst Entry Level
  • Business Data Analyst


Investment cover letter examples

What makes a good investment? You know it, so show it in a cover letter that matches your resume. Follow our guide below and create a cover letter that stands out.

Cover letter salutation

Writing the proper cover letter salutation is about 50% of the struggle. Nothing seems appropriate. The time-proven, trusty cover letter salutations seem a bit cliché and outdated.

The secret to writing a suitable greeting is to be relevant. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I know who the hiring manager/recruiter is?
  • Did someone recommend me the job?
  • Have I communicated with the recruiter before?

If you can answer one out of these three questions with “yes” , then feel free to use the recruiter’s name in the salutation. And if you feel like it’s inappropriate to call the hiring manager by name, rest assured, it’s absolutely alright. It shows that you’ve done your research, and people love it when someone’s put in the effort.

Good cover letter greetings to use when you know who the hiring manager is, include:

  • Dear [Last Name],
  • Dear [First and Last Name],
  • Dear Dr. [Last Name],
  • Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms [Last Name],

With that being said, “Dear” is as professional as you get in the world of cover letter salutations. However, if you’re applying for a job position in a creative agency where competition is fierce, and you need a cover letter to stand out, but the overall vibe is far more relaxed, feel free to start your cover letter with “Hello”.

If you have no idea who’ll be reading your letter of motivation , you can use a generic greeting. They’re far less enticing, but they get the job done. Generic cover letter salutations include:

Dear Hiring Manager,

  • Dear [Job Position],

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Good example, cover letter opening.

A cover letter opening paragraph has one purpose – hook the reader, so they read your letter all the way through. That’s why you should keep the first sentence fairly short and straight to the point.

Here’s an example of a good opening:

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Summarize your biggest professional achievement in a single sentence. Show the impact you’ve had at your previous job. This makes it clear to the recruiter that you mean business.

Length-wise, the opening paragraph of your covering letter shouldn’t be longer than two sentences. If you’re into writing, the opening paragraph is your hook sentence. 😉

Cover letter body paragraphs

The body of the cover letter is the longest section. It consists of three to four paragraphs telling the story of your professional life.

Keep in mind that there’s a fine line between rephrasing what’s on your resume and writing a good cover letter . Remember this:

Your best bet is to thoroughly research the company you’re applying to. Check their website, social media, PR coverage, and even their Crunchbase profile to see if they’ve had recent funding rounds.

Try to identify possible problems they may be facing and direct your cover letter in the directions of how you and your skill set can help them. Speak through your actions and results.

Don’t just say you’re good at something – prove it.

Cover letter call to action

A call to action is a vital and strategic part of any cover letter. It’s important to phrase it in a way that shows your excitement for the position but isn’t too pushy on the hiring manager.

Put yourself in the reader’s shoes. They’ve read your letter this far. The recruiter knows that you’ve done the research. They can see you’re a great fit, so don’t leave them hanging – give them the next steps.

Here’s an example of a great cover letter call to action:

A rule of thumb to follow in the call to action is to make it all about the company and not yourself.

Cover letter closer

Now that you know how to craft a great call-to-action sentence, it’s time to talk about the closer.

To be exact, we’re talking about the complimentary close. As a cover letter requires a degree of formality, it’s best to keep the complementary close simple. Here’s a list of our favorites that you can use:

  • Respectfully,

Followed by an empty line and your first and last name.

On another note, if you’re applying at a company where you know the hiring manager or the overall culture is informal, you can opt for a more relaxed complimentary close. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Warm regards
  • Yours truly
  • Have a wonderful day

Keep in mind that those should be saved for the right occasion, and we recommend going with a more professional closer . If you aren’t sure, nothing beats a “Thank you,”. 🙂

Creatives are among the most sought-after employees. They’re usually the people who come up with original ideas that give companies a competitive advantage. In the cover letter above, Jack has done a great job explaining his background in gender advocacy, social issues, and political science – all venues much needed in modern-day companies.

Furthermore, Jack has a detailed explanation of how he can help the company, focusing on solid examples and channels he considers to be his strengths. From social media to analytics, he’s done a great job of helping the hiring manager picture Jack as one of the team.

Finally, the call to action and closing paragraphs are spot on, giving the hiring manager a nudge to give him a call.

Career change cover letter example

My name is Nicholas and for the past 5 years, I’ve been the general manager for Coffi&Biscuits where I managed to increase the YoY revenue of the shop 10x in the past three years.

I was excited to see the Business Development Manager position for Bootstrap IO, as it is a career change that I’m looking forward to making.

Managing a team of 15 taught me a lot about budgeting, planning, and organizing the workload. I can help you with expanding your team in the next quarter and reach your goal of launching your new product across the United States.

I’d love to jump on a Zoom meeting with you to further discuss joining the team. I’m available at your disposal.

Nicholas Costa

Why this career change cover letter is good

Taking a closer look at Nicholas’ cover letter, you’ll see that he was concise, went straight to the point, and most importantly explained how his current skill will help the company grow.

Writing a career change cover letter is all about showing the hiring manager how your skills can help them overcome challenges the business is facing.

Nicholas has done a great job explaining his skills. Furthermore, he’s done the research and knows what the future plans of the company are.

His call to action section further drives the point that he’s convinced of his skills and that he can help the company.

You can use this cover letter when:

  • You want a new job in a field unrelated to your current one.
  • When you want to apply for an internal position in another department.

Entry-level cover letter example

I am applying for the position of Drug Research Specialist (Entry Level) that I came across at PANDA Corp. I believe that my academic experience matches your requirements.

During my studies, I have gained experience in the field of medicine and pharmaceuticals. Moreover, during my master’s program, I’ve completed my diploma in Pharmaceutical Research, which helped me in better understanding the processes and best practices in drug development.

Additionally, under the ImunoHelp program, I have undergone various professional and self-development training. Each training permanently added to my skill set.

Having spent the last seven years of my life outside the United States, my home country has made me multicultural. My vibrant experience traveling and studying at different institutions, in UAE, USA, Portugal, and France have undoubtedly contributed to my open-mindedness, creativity, and adaptability, as well as working in a diverse and multilingual team.

I’m excited to have the opportunity to discuss how my skills can help your company grow. I’m available for an interview at your convenience.

Anna Kendrick

Why this entry-level cover letter example is good

When you’re applying for an entry-level position, there’s a high chance that you’ll be competing with a lot of people that don’t have a lot of experience on their resume.

Most likely, you’re about to graduate, and you’re looking for your first job. Taking a look at Anna’s cover letter, you can immediately see that she’s focusing on her studies.

When you’re writing a cover letter for an entry-level position , focusing on your strengths is vital – after all, the hiring managers know that you won’t have years of experience behind your back. That’s why you have to show your strengths. Add what you’ve studied, any additional courses or training that you’ve been a part of, with a focus on what you’ve learned there.

General cover letter example

Dear Mr John,

I was pleased to see you're hiring for the barista position at Grey Raven Coffee Bar. As an experienced barista with 6 years of professional experience I’m confident that I would be a valuable asset to Grey Raven and the local community you serve.

I’m recently left my job at one of New York's biggest coffee bars, where I’ve honed my barista skills and even won a few competitions. While employed here, I have successfully managed to work in a bustling environment, serving more than 2,000 clients per day.

I’m confident that my excellent work ethic, unparalleled attention to detail, and knack for delicious coffee-based drinks will make me an immediate asset at Grey Raven, and allow me to contribute to the team’s success.

I look forward to discussing the barista position and my qualifications with you in more detail. I’m available to talk at your soonest convenience. I’ll be in touch next week to follow up, just to make sure you’ve received my application.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Cindy Parker

Why this general cover letter example is good

The general cover letter example is perfect if you’re an applicant that has some experience, or you just need a template to send out to a few jobs that you’ve applied for.

Copy the example above, change the name and accomplishments with yours and you’re ready to go. Just remember to personalize each cover letter to the job position you’re applying for.

Executive cover letter example

For the past 6 years, I've been successfully leading ACME Agency and increased YoY revenue by 150% every year for the past 4 years.

As the CEO of a creative agency, I think I have the skillset and vision needed to turn your agency into a market leader by partnering with top companies like Unilever, Google, and Apple.

I'm experienced in both company and franchise brand building. I build and lead high-performance teams that work both in online and offline campaigns.

Former employers will confirm, that I am a passionate leader who is hands-on when it comes to working smart and hard I am self-motivated and a highly dependable individual that is confident and culturally diverse.

I am a great communicator and I can convey information to anyone, regardless of where they are in the company hierarchy.

Whether monitoring performance, improving strategic plans, or managing the entire life-cycle of a project or product development, my references would confer that I exceed expectations by practicing the greatest level of expertise with professionalism whilst always being customer-centric.

Should you grant me an interview will be in a position to discuss in detail, how my skill set can be utilized to grow your business. I believe that your company is intent on reflecting positive growth and profitability and it would be my pleasure to actively contribute to the company’s future.

Kind Regards,

Nicholas Jasbin

Why this executive cover letter example is good

Nicholas goes above and beyond in describing his accomplishments and his soft skills in communication and management. He begins his cover letter directly with an accomplishment statement that will make him stand out from other applicants.

Further down, Nicholas collaborates on his experience working with large companies and building teams.

Intern cover letter example

Dear [Recipient's Name],

I am writing to apply for the internship position at [Company Name], as advertised on [Job Board or Company Website]. As a motivated and aspiring [field of interest] professional, I am eager to gain practical experience and contribute to the success of your organization.

Throughout my academic journey in [relevant field of study], I have developed a strong foundation in [key skills or knowledge areas relevant to the internship]. I am excited to apply these skills in a real-world setting and further enhance my understanding of [specific area or industry]. Some highlights of my qualifications include:

[Relevant coursework or projects that demonstrate skills or knowledge]

[Extracurricular activities or volunteer work that showcase relevant experience or leadership]

[Technical skills or tools proficiency]

I am drawn to [Company Name] because of its reputation for [specific aspects of the company, such as innovation, community impact, or industry leadership]. I am particularly inspired by [specific projects, initiatives, or values of the company] and believe that my passion and dedication align well with your organization's goals.

Thank you for considering my application. I am eager to contribute my enthusiasm, creativity, and willingness to learn to the internship role. I have attached my resume for your review, and I would welcome the opportunity to discuss how my skills and background make me an excellent fit for [Company Name]. I look forward to the possibility of contributing to your team and learning from the talented professionals at [Company Name].

[Your Name]

Why is this a good cover letter:

College graduate cover letter example.

I am writing to express my interest in joining IBM as a [specific position]. As a recent graduate from [Your University] with a degree in [Your Major] and practical work experience, I am eager to contribute my skills and knowledge to IBM's innovative and forward-thinking environment.

During my time at [Your University], I gained a solid foundation in programming, data analysis, and software development. My coursework and projects have allowed me to develop proficiency in languages such as Python, Java, and SQL. I have also honed my skills in Agile methodologies, ensuring the delivery of high-quality products within tight deadlines.

In addition to my academic achievements, I have gained valuable experience through internships and part-time roles. As a [Previous Position] at [Previous Company], I worked on a team that developed a data-driven solution to optimize inventory management for a major retailer. This experience taught me the importance of collaboration, effective communication, and critical thinking when tackling complex challenges.

IBM's commitment to creating innovative solutions and fostering a culture of continuous learning and development aligns with my passion for technology and personal growth. I am confident that my academic background, work experience, and dedication to excellence make me a strong candidate for a role at IBM.

Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss how my skills and experiences can contribute to IBM's continued success and growth.

Middle management cover letter example

I am writing to express my interest in the Middle Management position at Planet Fitness. With over [number of years] years of experience in the fitness industry and a proven track record in team leadership and operations management, I am confident in my ability to drive results and contribute positively to Planet Fitness's success.

As the [Previous Position] at [Previous Company], I led a team of [number] professionals, consistently surpassing performance targets and increasing customer satisfaction rates. My hands-on approach to team development and focus on continuous improvement enabled us to achieve a 20% increase in membership retention over two years.

My background in [relevant field, e.g., business administration] and passion for health and wellness have equipped me with the skills to efficiently manage budgets, streamline operations, and maintain a safe and welcoming environment for members and staff alike.

Planet Fitness's commitment to providing an inclusive, judgement-free atmosphere aligns with my values, and I am excited to contribute to the growth and development of both the team and the organization. I look forward to discussing how my experience and skills can benefit Planet Fitness in the Middle Management role.

Dear Graduate Admissions Committee,

I am writing to express my strong interest in the PhD program in Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. As a highly motivated individual with a passion for research and innovation, I am confident that my academic background and relevant experience make me an excellent candidate for this prestigious program.

I hold a Master's degree in [Your Major] from [Your University], where I graduated with honors. During my graduate studies, I conducted research on [specific research topic], leading to the publication of [number] peer-reviewed articles in reputable journals. This experience has fostered my ability to think critically, analyze complex problems, and communicate my findings effectively.

In addition to my academic achievements, I have gained practical experience through internships and research assistantships in leading engineering firms and labs. These experiences have allowed me to develop a strong foundation in [specific engineering skills, e.g., computational modeling, prototype development, etc.] and collaborate with diverse teams to drive innovation and solve real-world challenges.

UC Berkeley's renowned engineering program, with its focus on cutting-edge research and interdisciplinary collaboration, aligns with my research interests and career aspirations. I am particularly excited about the opportunity to work with esteemed faculty members and contribute to ongoing projects within the [specific research area] at Berkeley.

I am eager to join the UC Berkeley community and contribute to its tradition of excellence in research and education. Thank you for considering my application, and I look forward to the opportunity to discuss my candidacy further.

A cover letter for a PhD position emphasizes the candidate's research accomplishments, potential, and alignment with the university's program. It highlights their eagerness to contribute to the academic community.

Gaps in employment cover letter example

I am writing to express my interest in joining your esteemed Digital Marketing agency in the capacity of [specific position]. As a highly motivated and adaptable professional with diverse experience in marketing, I am confident that my skills and passion make me an excellent candidate for this role, despite the employment gaps in my resume.

During the time away from full-time employment, I have been actively engaged in freelance work and continued learning to keep up-to-date with the latest marketing trends and technologies. I have completed courses in SEO, content marketing, and social media management, which have allowed me to maintain and enhance my expertise in the field.

My prior experience includes working as a [Previous Position] at [Previous Company], where I managed multi-channel marketing campaigns, optimized web content for SEO, and collaborated with cross-functional teams to achieve company objectives. As a result, we experienced a 25% increase in organic search traffic and a 15% growth in online sales.

I have a proven track record of creating and executing effective digital marketing strategies, and I am well-versed in tools such as Google Analytics, AdWords, and various social media platforms. My ability to analyze data and drive informed decisions will be invaluable in driving results for your agency and its clients.

I am eager to contribute my skills and knowledge to your organization and build upon my career in digital marketing. I appreciate your consideration of my application, and I look forward to the opportunity to discuss my candidacy further.

A cover letter addressing employment gaps focuses on the candidate's skill development and industry knowledge during the gap period. It highlights their relevant experience and accomplishments, while expressing their eagerness to contribute to the organization.

  • Demonstrates the candidate's ability to drive results for the agency and its clients

Temporary-to-permanent employee cover letter example

I am writing to express my interest in transitioning from a temporary to a permanent employee at Jacksonville High School. Over the course of my temporary assignment as a [Specific Position], I have had the privilege of contributing to the school's mission and growth, and I am excited about the prospect of continuing to do so in a long-term capacity.

Throughout my time at Jacksonville High School, I have been actively involved in various aspects of [Specific Position's Responsibilities], including [examples of tasks or initiatives, e.g., curriculum development, student mentorship, or extracurricular activities]. I have witnessed firsthand the positive impact of these initiatives on the students, and I am committed to making an even greater contribution to their academic and personal growth.

My experience at Jacksonville High School has allowed me to develop strong relationships with faculty, staff, and students. I have honed my communication and collaboration skills, enabling me to work effectively within interdisciplinary teams to achieve common goals. My dedication to excellence and my passion for education make me an ideal candidate for a permanent role at the school.

I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked at Jacksonville High School on a temporary basis, and I am eager to continue contributing to the school's mission and success as a permanent team member. Thank you for considering my application, and I look forward to discussing my candidacy further.

A cover letter for a temporary-to-permanent position emphasizes the candidate's contributions during the temporary assignment and their commitment to the organization's mission. It demonstrates their eagerness to make a lasting impact in a permanent role.

Volunteer cover letter example

I am writing to express my interest in volunteering at Soul Soup Kitchen in New York City. As a compassionate individual with a strong commitment to community service, I am eager to contribute my time and skills to help support the mission of providing nutritious meals to those in need.

I have experience volunteering in various roles and capacities, including [specific examples of previous volunteer work, e.g., organizing food drives, mentoring underprivileged youth, etc.]. These experiences have taught me the importance of empathy, teamwork, and adaptability when working within a dynamic and diverse community setting.

In addition to my background in volunteer work, I possess valuable skills that would be beneficial to Soul Soup Kitchen. As a [your profession or specific skill set, e.g., professional chef, nutritionist, or event coordinator], I am confident that my expertise can help enhance the quality of the meals and services provided to the individuals who rely on your organization.

I am excited about the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of those in need and to support the vital work being done at Soul Soup Kitchen. I look forward to discussing how my skills and experiences can contribute to the ongoing success of your organization.

Thank you for considering my application.

A cover letter for a volunteer position showcases the candidate's compassion and commitment to community service. It highlights their relevant skills and experiences and conveys their enthusiasm for making a positive impact on those in need.

Unemployed person cover letter example

I am writing to express my strong interest in the [specific position] at [Company Name]. As an experienced professional with a diverse skill set and a passion for [Industry], I am confident that my background and dedication make me an excellent candidate for this role, despite my current unemployed status.

During my time away from full-time employment, I have been actively engaged in professional development and skill-building, ensuring that I remain up-to-date with industry trends and technologies. I have completed courses in [relevant skills or certifications], which have allowed me to enhance my expertise and maintain my competitiveness in the job market.

My prior experience includes working as a [Previous Position] at [Previous Company], where I [specific accomplishments and responsibilities, e.g., managed a team of X professionals, increased sales by X%, etc.]. This experience has allowed me to develop strong [relevant skills, e.g., leadership, project management, communication, etc.] that I am eager to apply to a new role at [Company Name].

I am excited about the opportunity to contribute my skills and knowledge to your organization and continue my career growth in the [Industry] field. I appreciate your consideration of my application and look forward to the chance to discuss my candidacy further.

A cover letter for an unemployed candidate addresses their current employment status while focusing on their skills, expertise, and industry knowledge. It emphasizes their relevant experience and eagerness to contribute to the organization.

Networking cover letter example

I recently had the pleasure of attending the UX/UI Design conference, where I learned about your creative agency and the exciting work you do in the field of user experience and user interface design. I was particularly impressed by [specific project or aspect discussed at the conference], and I am writing to express my interest in exploring potential opportunities to collaborate or contribute to your team.

As a passionate UX/UI designer with experience in [specific areas of expertise, e.g., user research, wireframing, prototyping, etc.], I have worked on various projects that have successfully enhanced user experiences and driven business results. My portfolio showcases a range of design solutions that prioritize usability, aesthetics, and functionality.

In addition to my technical skills, I possess strong communication and collaboration abilities, which enable me to work effectively within interdisciplinary teams and ensure that all stakeholders' perspectives are considered in the design process. My dedication to user-centered design and my passion for creating intuitive and engaging digital experiences align with your agency's mission and values.

I would be thrilled to learn more about your team, discuss my background, and explore any potential opportunities to work together. I have attached my resume and portfolio for your review and would welcome the opportunity to connect further.

Thank you for your time and consideration, and I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you soon.

A networking cover letter establishes a connection through a shared event or interest and highlights the candidate's skills and experiences. It expresses their interest in exploring potential opportunities to collaborate or contribute to the organization.

Referral cover letter example

I recently had a conversation with [Referrer's Name], who mentioned that your company is seeking a talented financial analyst. As a highly skilled professional in the field of financial analysis, I am excited to express my interest in joining your team and contributing my expertise to [Company Name].

During my tenure as a Financial Analyst at [Previous Company], I played a pivotal role in analyzing financial data, forecasting trends, and developing strategic recommendations for business growth. My strong analytical and quantitative skills have enabled me to identify opportunities for cost savings and revenue generation, resulting in a [percentage] increase in profitability over the past year.

I am well-versed in various financial analysis tools and software, including [specific tools, e.g., Excel, SQL, or Tableau], which have allowed me to efficiently manage large datasets and generate actionable insights for decision-making. My ability to communicate complex financial information effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences sets me apart as a valuable asset to any organization.

[Referrer's Name] spoke highly of the collaborative and innovative culture at [Company Name], and I am eager to contribute my skills and knowledge to your organization. I have attached my resume for your review and would welcome the opportunity to discuss my candidacy further.

Thank you for considering my application, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

A referral cover letter leverages a personal connection to establish credibility and highlight the candidate's expertise and accomplishments in the field. It expresses their enthusiasm for the company's culture and values.

Cold call cover letter example

I am writing to express my strong interest in a sales position at Amazon. As an accomplished sales professional with a proven track record of driving revenue growth and exceeding targets, I am confident that my skills and passion make me an excellent candidate for your team.

Throughout my career, I have consistently demonstrated the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with clients, identify new business opportunities, and close deals effectively. In my most recent role as a Sales Representative at [Previous Company], I was responsible for a [percentage] increase in sales over the course of two years, contributing significantly to the company's overall growth.

My success in sales can be attributed to my deep understanding of customer needs, excellent communication skills, and the ability to adapt my approach to different industries and market conditions. I am well-versed in various sales methodologies and CRM tools, ensuring that I can quickly integrate into your team and make an immediate impact on your bottom line.

I have long admired Amazon for its commitment to innovation and customer-centric approach, and I believe my experience and values align with your organization's mission. Although I am aware that there may not be an open position at this time, I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss how my skills and background can contribute to Amazon's continued success in the future.

Thank you for considering my application. I have attached my resume for your review and look forward to the chance to discuss my candidacy further.

Job not yet posted cover letter example

I recently came across DevArchitects and was thoroughly impressed by your company's portfolio and innovative approach to software development. Although I understand that there may not be an open developer position at this time, I am eager to express my interest in exploring potential opportunities to contribute my skills and expertise to your team.

As a seasoned software developer with over [number of years] of experience in [programming languages, e.g., Java, Python, JavaScript, etc.], I have a proven track record of developing high-quality software solutions for a diverse range of clients and industries. Some highlights of my career include:

Successfully developing and deploying [specific project or application]

Leading a team of developers to complete [specific project or initiative]

Continuously staying updated on the latest industry trends and technologies

My strong analytical and problem-solving skills, coupled with my passion for creating innovative software, make me a valuable asset to any development team. I am confident that my expertise can contribute to the ongoing success and growth of DevArchitects.

I have attached my resume for your review and would welcome the opportunity to discuss any potential opportunities to work together. I look forward to the possibility of contributing to your team and helping DevArchitects continue to excel in the software development industry.

A cover letter for a job that is not yet posted proactively reaches out to a company to express interest in potential opportunities. It highlights the candidate's skills and expertise and demonstrates admiration for the company's work.

  • Expresses admiration for the company's portfolio and innovative approach

Follow-up cover letter example

I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to follow up on my recent application for the Business Analyst position at [Company Name]. I am eager to reiterate my strong interest in this role and my belief that my skills and experience make me an excellent fit for your team.

Since submitting my application, I have continued to research [Company Name] and have been particularly impressed by [specific project or initiative]. As a Business Analyst with experience in [relevant skills, e.g., data analysis, process improvement, project management, etc.], I am confident that my expertise can contribute to the ongoing success of projects like these at your company. Some key aspects of my background include:

[Specific accomplishment or responsibility from previous position]

Proficiency in [relevant tools or software, e.g., Excel, SQL, or Tableau]

Strong communication and collaboration abilities

I understand that you may be reviewing numerous applications for this position, but I wanted to take a moment to reiterate my enthusiasm for this opportunity and my strong belief that my skills and experiences align with [Company Name]'s values and goals.

Please find my resume attached for your reference, and do not hesitate to reach out if you require any additional information. I would be grateful for the opportunity to discuss my candidacy further and demonstrate how I can be a valuable addition to your team.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to the possibility of speaking with you soon.

A follow-up cover letter reiterates the candidate's interest in a position after submitting an initial application. It emphasizes their skills and experience, reaffirms their alignment with the company's values, and demonstrates continued enthusiasm for the opportunity.

Job transfer request cover letter example

I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to express my interest in transferring to an Operations Manager position within our organization at a different location due to personal reasons for relocation. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at [Current Location] and have learned a great deal, but I believe a move to [New Location] would be beneficial for both my personal and professional growth.

In my current role as Operations Manager, I have successfully managed a team of [number of employees] and implemented process improvements that have led to increased efficiency and cost savings. Some of the key accomplishments during my tenure include:

[Specific accomplishment or responsibility from your current position]

Implementation of [specific project or initiative that led to improvements]

[Any awards or recognitions received within the company]

I am confident that my skills and experience would make me an invaluable asset to the team at [New Location]. I understand that transferring to a new location might involve some challenges, but I am committed to making a seamless transition and maintaining the same level of dedication and performance that I have demonstrated at [Current Location].

I have attached my resume for your review, and I would be grateful for the opportunity to discuss my request further. Thank you for your time and consideration, and I look forward to your response.

A job transfer request letter for relocation expresses the candidate's interest in transferring to a different location within the same organization. It highlights their accomplishments in their current role and demonstrates their commitment to maintaining the same level of performance at the new location.

Promotion or department transfer cover letter example

I hope this message finds you well. As a dedicated Compliance Manager at [Company Name], I am writing to express my interest in a promotion or department transfer within our organization. I believe that my skills, experience, and dedication to our company make me an excellent candidate for a new challenge and an opportunity to contribute at an even higher level.

In my current role, I have successfully led a team of compliance professionals, ensuring that our company adheres to regulatory standards and maintains a strong reputation for integrity. Some key accomplishments during my tenure include:

Development and implementation of [specific compliance program or initiative]

I am confident that my expertise in compliance management, combined with my passion for [Company Name]'s mission, would make me a valuable asset in a new role within our organization. I would be grateful for the opportunity to discuss potential opportunities for promotion or department transfer further.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to the possibility of contributing to [Company Name] in an even greater capacity.

A promotion or department transfer cover letter expresses the candidate's interest in taking on a new challenge within the same organization. It highlights their accomplishments and successes in their current role and demonstrates their commitment to the company's values and goals.

  • Demonstrates a deep understanding of the company's unique approach and goals

Value proposition cover letter example

I hope this message finds you well. As an experienced and results-driven Business Developer, I am excited to apply for the opportunity to join Handy, a company that shares my passion for exceptional service and customer satisfaction. With a proven track record of generating new business and creating lasting partnerships, I am confident that I can contribute to the continued growth and success of your organization.

Throughout my career, I have consistently demonstrated an ability to identify opportunities, develop innovative strategies, and drive sales growth. My unique value proposition includes:

  • Exceptional relationship-building abilities, fostering trust and collaboration with clients and partners

I am eager to bring my skills, experience, and dedication to excellence to Handy, and help drive the company's expansion and continued success. I would be grateful for the opportunity to discuss my candidacy further and demonstrate how my unique value proposition aligns with your organization's goals and vision.

Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the possibility of speaking with you soon.

A cover letter with a value proposition clearly communicates the unique benefits that the candidate brings to the company, setting them apart from other applicants. By showcasing their distinct skills, experiences, and accomplishments, the candidate can demonstrate their ability to create tangible results and make a positive impact on the organization.

Email cover letter examples

[Your Address]

[City, State, Zip Code]

[Email Address]

[Today's Date]

[Recipient's Name]

[Company Address]

Subject: Application for Marketing Analyst Position - [Your Name]

I am writing to apply for the Marketing Analyst position at Danone, which I recently discovered on [Job Board or Company Website]. With a strong background in data analysis, market research, and a passion for the consumer goods industry, I am confident that my skills and experience make me a perfect fit for this role.

In my previous role as a Market Research Analyst at [Previous Company], I successfully managed multiple research projects, identified emerging market trends, and provided actionable insights to guide marketing strategies. Some key accomplishments include:

  • [Any awards or recognitions received within the industry or previous company]

Please find my resume attached for your review. I am eager to contribute my expertise to Danone's marketing team and help drive the company's continued success in the consumer goods market. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss my candidacy further and demonstrate how my skills and experiences align with Danone's values and goals.

An email cover letter with a resume is a concise message sent electronically to apply for a position. It highlights the candidate's skills and experience, demonstrates their interest in the role, and includes an attached resume for further review.

Email cover letter for a part-time job

Four Seasons Restaurant

Subject: Application for Part-Time Server Position - [Your Name]

I hope this message finds you well. I recently came across the part-time Server position at Four Seasons Restaurant and am excited to express my interest in joining your team. With my experience in providing exceptional customer service and passion for the hospitality industry, I am confident that I would be an excellent addition to your staff.

In my previous role as a Server at [Previous Company], I consistently received positive feedback from customers for my attentive service and friendly demeanor. Some key highlights from my experience include:

Please find my resume attached for your review. I am eager to contribute my skills and dedication to the Four Seasons Restaurant and help create memorable dining experiences for your guests. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss my candidacy further and demonstrate how I can be a valuable addition to your team.

An email cover letter for a part-time job is a brief message sent electronically to apply for a position with reduced working hours. It emphasizes the candidate's relevant skills and experiences in the field, demonstrating their interest in the role, and includes an attached resume for further review.

Email cover letter for a summer job

Your Local Fisherman Store

Subject: Application for Summer Job - [Your Name]

I hope this message finds you well. As a student with a strong interest in fishing and the outdoors, I am excited to apply for a summer job at Your Local Fisherman store. I believe my passion for fishing, combined with my excellent customer service skills, make me an ideal candidate for this position.

While I have not yet worked in a retail setting, I have gained valuable customer service experience through volunteering at various local events, where I interacted with diverse groups of people and ensured their needs were met. Some key highlights from my experience include:

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Please find my resume attached for your review. I am eager to contribute my enthusiasm and dedication to Your Local Fisherman store and help create a welcoming and knowledgeable environment for fellow fishing enthusiasts. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss my candidacy further and demonstrate how I can be a valuable addition to your team.

An email cover letter for a summer job is a concise message sent electronically to apply for a temporary position during the summer months. It highlights the candidate's relevant skills, experiences, and interests, demonstrating their enthusiasm for the role, and includes an attached resume for further review.

Cover Letter Examples FAQs

Should i address an employment gap in my cover letter.

If you think that addressing your employment gap is important, then definitely include a sentence about it. With that being said, employment gaps aren’t uncommon and most recruiters would love to know more about your unemployment gap as it can help them understand more about you.

Should I include information about my availability?

Of course! Cover letters are meant to help clear up any questions that your resume may not. Adding a sentence to the body segment of your motivation letter is a great way to do so.

Can I mention that I’m fine with relocating for the job?

Yes. Oftentimes, cover letters are the perfect place to mention that you’re okay with moving cities or even states if you get the job. Resumes generally only give you the opportunity to mention where you live, but not that you’re open to relocating.

Should I mention anything about the salary in the cover letter?

This is a bit of a double-edged sword. If the salary for the position is included in the job ad, and you’re okay with it, then yes, you can say that in the cover letter. Otherwise, don’t talk in the cover letter about the salary. Save it for the first or second interview instead.


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Cover Letters are usually synonymous with formal and bland rambling that you write down hoping for an invite to a job interview. I just love it how Novorésumé has enhanced that and is offering you a tool to build proper arguments and structured discourse about who YOU ARE and what YOU CAN DO.

A real confidence booster, I tell you, seeing your motivation eloquently written!

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The best thing about this platform when creating a Cover Letter as an addition to your resume is that the documents will match each other's design and font, creating eye-catching documents that recruiters/hiring managers will love.

You will be initially judged based on your papers, so why not make a first great impression?

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To keep your job application consistent and professional, our Cover Letter templates perfectly match the resume templates.

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Whether you apply for a conservative industry like banking or a hype start-up, you can tailor our cover letter templates to fit your exact needs.

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Cover letters resources, what is a cover letter.

A cover letter is a one-page document you submit alongside your resume or CV for your job application.

The main purpose of your cover letter is to:

Show your motivation for working at the company

Bring special attention to the most important parts of your work history

Explain how your work experience fits whatever the company is looking for

What your cover letter is NOT about, is rehashing whatever you already mentioned in your resume. Sure, you should mention the most important bits, but it should NOT be a literal copy-paste.

Keep in mind that the cover letter is usually read after the recruiter scans your resume and decides that you’re qualified for the position.

Why Use a Cover Letter Template?

Your cover letter is just as (if not more) important as your resume.

After all, your resume is what gets your foot through the door, but a cover letter is what opens that door.

So, if you put so much effort into your resume, why not do the same for your cover letter?

A good cover letter template can show the recruiter that you’re serious about the job (especially if it matches your resume design).

What to Include in Your Cover Letter?

Every good cover letter has the following sections:

Header - On top of the cover letter, you write down your own contact information, as well as the recruiter’s (recruiter name, company name, company address, etc…).

Greeting - A formal greeting for the recruiter. E.g. “Dear Sir or Madam,” To learn how to address your cover letter better, check out our article.

Opening paragraph - The introduction of your resume. Here, you summarize your background info (“financial analyst with X+ years of experience”), state your intent (“looking for X position at Company Y”), and summarize your 1-2 achievements to get the recruiter hooked.

Second paragraph - In the second paragraph, you explain how you’re qualified for the position and why the recruiter should pick YOU.

Third paragraph - You talk about why you’re a good match for the company. Do you share common values? Is the company working on projects you’re interested in? Etc…

Formal closing - Finally, you end the cover letter with a quick summary and a call to action (“I’m super excited to work with Company X. Looking forward to hearing from you!”).

How to Write a Great Cover Letter?

There’s a lot that goes into writing a great cover letter. If you want to get the full picture, you can check out our guide on how to write a cover letter .

Here are, however, some of the key takeaways:

Avoid Fluff - You want to be as specific as possible with your cover letter. Avoid vague statements like “I’m a good fit for the company because I’m a good critical thinker!”

Do Your Research - Most companies don’t like people who “spray and pray” - applying for dozens of jobs without giving any much thought. What they ARE looking for is someone that’s passionate about their company, and wants to contribute. So, do your research about the companies you apply for, and show off your knowledge and passion in your cover letter.

Back Up Your Achievements with Data - When possible, back up your experience with data. Instead of saying, “I improved company revenue”, say “I managed to hit and exceed sales KPIs for 5+ months in a row.”

How Long Should a Cover Letter Be?

Most recruiters agree that a cover letter should be brief and concise. It should be around 1-page max, within a 250 to 400 word range.

How Can I Write a Student Cover Letter?

Pretty much the same way you’d write a regular cover letter, with one difference.

Instead of focusing on your work experience, you should talk about:

Why you want to work for the company you’re applying for

How your educational background prepared you for the job

How your skill-set can help you stand out and excel at the job

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Cover Letter Templates FAQ?

How to make a simple cover letter for your resume.

Simply pick one of our 12 cover letter templates above to get started.

We’d recommend matching your cover letter template to the resume template you picked.

What is the Best Cover Letter Template?

There’s no such thing as the “best cover letter template.” After all, every single recruiter has their own personal taste. Some might like a shiny & flashy cover letter template, while others might think it’s tacky.

As a rule of thumb, though, we usually recommend customizing each cover letter for the company you’re sending it to.

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Three excellent cover letter examples

Cover letters are the first chance you have to impress an employer – they’re not just a protective jacket for your CV. Here’s our guide on what to include and how to format them

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The first thing a potential employer sees in your job application is the cover letter. This doesn’t just support your CV – it’s an opportunity for you to stand out from the crowd and persuade the recruiter to put you through to the next round.

Be wary of spending hours on perfecting your CV at the expense of your cover letter. If you need some inspiration on what to include and what format to use, here are our helpful guides – just remember not to copy them as exact templates.

1. Standard, conservative style

This is ideal for sectors such as business, law, accountancy and retail. For more creative sectors, a letter like this might be less appealing, and could work against you.

Dear Mr Black, Please find enclosed my CV in application for the post advertised in the Guardian on 30 November. The nature of my degree course has prepared me for this position. It involved a great deal of independent research, requiring initiative, self-motivation and a wide range of skills. For one course, [insert course], an understanding of the [insert sector] industry was essential. I found this subject very stimulating. I am a fast and accurate writer, with a keen eye for detail and I should be very grateful for the opportunity to progress to market reporting. I am able to take on the responsibility of this position immediately, and have the enthusiasm and determination to ensure that I make a success of it. Thank you for taking the time to consider this application and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future. Yours sincerely

2. Standard speculative letter

This may vary according to the nature of the organisation and the industry you’re applying to.

Dear Mr Brown, I am writing to enquire if you have any vacancies in your company. I enclose my CV for your information. As you can see, I have had extensive vacation work experience in office environments, the retail sector and service industries, giving me varied skills and the ability to work with many different types of people. I believe I could fit easily into your team. I am a conscientious person who works hard and pays attention to detail. I’m flexible, quick to pick up new skills and eager to learn from others. I also have lots of ideas and enthusiasm. I’m keen to work for a company with a great reputation and high profile like [insert company name]. I have excellent references and would be delighted to discuss any possible vacancy with you at your convenience. In case you do not have any suitable openings at the moment, I would be grateful if you would keep my CV on file for any future possibilities. Yours sincerely

3. Letter for creative jobs

We’ve used the example of a copywriter but you can adapt it for your profession. The aim of a creative letter is to be original and show you have imagination, but understand what the job entails. Balance is essential: don’t be too wacky, or it will turn off the reader.

Dear Ms Green, · Confused by commas? · Puzzled by parenthesis? · Stumped by spelling? · Perturbed by punctuation? · Annoyed at the apostrophe? (And alliteration?) Well, you’re not alone. It seems that fewer and fewer people can write. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of people who can read. So they’ll spot a gaffe from a mile off. And that means it’s a false economy, unless you’re 100% sure of yourself, to write your own materials. (Or to let clients do it for themselves.) To have materials properly copywritten is, when one considers the whole process of publishing materials and the impact that the client wishes to make, a minor expense. Sloppiness loses clients, loses customers. There is an answer. Me. Firm quotes are free. You can see some of what I do on my multilingual website at [insert web address]. If you’d like, I can get some samples out to you within 24 hours. And, if you use me, you’ll have some sort of guarantee that you can sleep soundly as those tens of thousands of copies are rolling off the presses. Luck shouldn’t come into it! With kindest regards

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Europass helps you to develop a structured, consistent and professional cover letter guiding you through each step. You can create new cover letters or edit existing ones using the Europass tool to create and edit cover letters.

How does Europass help?

Europass will guide you step by step through the process to help you create a good cover letter with all the essential information. You can create, store and share cover letters in 31 languages , choose from different templates to customise your application and share them easily from your Europass Library . 

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How to write a good cover letter

A cover letter should highlight your motivation to apply for a specific job or opportunity, and demonstrate why you consider yourself to be the best candidate. Your cover letter should refer to particular examples in your CV and describe why these are relevant for the job vacancy you are applying for.

Read carefully

Read the vacancy notice carefully and highlight the skills that relate to the requirements of the position in your cover letter.

Use keywords

Use the keywords when you list your soft skills as mentioned on the vacancy notice (punctual, organised, team-player and so on).

Have short and clear paragraphs that show different aspects clearly.

Get to know the employer

Take time to research the employer to gain valuable insights into the culture of their organisation and make references in your cover letter to one or two key points.

Keep it short

You cover letter should not be longer than one page.

  • First paragraph - why you are motivated to apply for the position,
  • Second paragraph - how you are the most suitable candidate for the position, and
  • Third Paragraph - why the company is a good match for you.

Use formal tone

Use a formal, polite tone and make sure there are no spelling mistakes.

Use simple fonts

Use simple non-decorative font styles, normal font-sizes (11-12) and optimal spacing (1 or 1.5).

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