There are more than 60 letters in our collection of cover letter examples. I hope you'll find them a source for good ideas for what to say in the cover letters and cover emails you send with your resume.
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Browsing Cover Letter Examples by How They Were Used
On this page you'll find sample cover letters to human resources, hiring managers, and recruiters. There are even some that respond to newspaper help-wanted ads and online job posts.
According to the type of each sample cover letter, it was placed in one or more of the following groups.
Someone Refers You to the Hiring Manager
30+ sample cover letters
When, where, and how to drop the name of a friend or someone from your network. Always good to handle this so that you make the most of it, without going over board.
To the Manager, But You Don't Know the Manager's Name
20+ sample cover letters
A cold-call letter where you don't know the name of the hiring manager. You'll see a few ways to start your letter -- none of them are "Dear Sir or Madam" or "To whom it may concern."
Draw a Connection With the Company
25+ sample cover letters
Whether you know anyone at the company or not, you can write about a mutual interest or goal that makes the employer see that you know what the job entails and that you can do it.
Follow-Up to a Meeting or Phone Call
10+ sample cover letters
The name of the manager is known and there is a specific reason for the follow-up letter. It could be after a phone interview, an in-person meeting, or email sent to you by a recruiter.
To the Human Resources Department
15+ sample cover letters
Sent cold to the human resources office, sometimes in response to a job posting. You may or may not know the person's name but you want to write a letter that does not sound like a form letter.
Posted on Resume Website
2 sample cover letters
Posted with a resume on a company website or large job board. This cover letter should be short but filled with keywords that add to the keywords in your resume.
In Response to a Newspaper Ad
6 sample cover letters
This type of cover letter is hard. You don't know who you're writing to and you may not even know the company name. Yet you need a spark of interest to make your cover letter work.
Email Cover Letter Examples
8 sample cover emails
Email cover letters are now one of the most common types of cover letters. Your cover email has to be good if you want the recruiter or manager to download and read your attached resume.
To a Recruiter
8 sample cover letters
How to write to a recruiter and introduce your resume for a job or type of job the recruiter represents.
Cover Letter Templates
Looking for some cover letter templates in Word? Check out my Ready-Made Resume program. This online resume and cover letter builder has a lot of cover letter templates. The templates are good for all the types of cover letters and cover emails you'll need for your job search. It also has thank you letter templates.
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Food Service Industry Cover Letter Samples
Waiter, Waitress, Server
For the food service industry, cover letters should highlight the candidate’s customer service abilities, their knowledge of a particular type of cuisine, and their adherence to food safety and sanitation guidelines. If you are able to demonstrate these key attributes, restaurant owners will certainly call you in for an interview.
Customer Service & Retail Industry Example Cover Letters
Call Center, Phone & Support
Hotel, Hospitality & Transportation
Since customer service is such a broad category, we offer a variety of letters from different areas of the field. The key to getting a job in customer service is to showcase your ability to upsell and retain customers. Click on any of the samples above to learn how to display these abilities in your cover letter.
Office Worker & Administrative Assistant Cover Letter Examples
Assistants & Office Managers
The responsibilities of administrative assistants and office workers are often quite similar across different companies. So the challenge is to find a way to differentiate yourself from other candidates. One way to do this is to emphasize your organizational skills through measurable achievements, such as the money or time you saved with your initiatives in a previous position. Take a look at how the examples above accomplish this.
Housekeeping Industry Example Cover Letters
We provide two versions of a cover letter for a housekeeper: one for a candidate with experience and one for an entry-level housekeeper. So no matter how much experience you have, our examples will help you get started.
Janitor & Maintenance Worker Samples
Janitors must demonstrate their concern for safety and accident prevention in order to be considered for the position. Use our experienced and entry-level examples to guide you on how to include these traits in your letter.
Nursing & Healthcare Cover Letter Samples
Nursing & Social Care
Whether you want to get a job in nursing, dentistry, or pharmaceuticals, we have a sample that applies to your career path. Careers in the healthcare industry require a wide range of experience and education. Technical skills, licenses and certifications, and the ability to communicate effectively are a few of the top qualities to include in your cover letter.
Marketing & Sales Example Cover Letters
If you’re applying for a job in marketing or sales, you’ll need to highlight key performance metrics. Employers will be looking for you to elaborate on the projects that were mentioned in your resume and the results that were produced.
We offer samples for 4 different kinds of engineers. Find your career track and discover how to best format your own letter. No matter what engineering track you are on, your cover letter needs to highlight problem solving skills and the ability to meet quality standards.
Teaching & Education Example Cover Letters
Our teaching and education samples are great for job seekers who are just starting their career or for those that need help showcasing their wealth of experience. Although our sample is for an english teacher, the format can be used for a teacher of any subject.
Construction Industry Examples
Working in construction usually entails being able to use a wide variety of tools and equipment while also having knowledge numerous construction techniques. Make sure you mention the equipment you have used and the different techniques that you are familiar with.
Accounting & Finance Cover Letter Samples
We offer five different examples within the accounting and finance industry. Quantifiable/numerical achievements are extremely important when it comes to applying for an accounting job. Check out the samples to see how the candidates discuss their accomplishments.
Driver & Transportation Examples
A truck driver cover letter should focus on the years of driving experience, the type of vehicles you have operated, and your specific state and national licenses. Click the sample above to see how our job candidate lists this information.
Whether you are just starting your career as a librarian or are looking for a senior position, we have a sample that will help you tailor your own cover letter. Click on the position above that applies to you.
Information Technology (IT) Cover Letter Examples
When applying for an IT job, you will likely need to get through an HR representative who might not be well-versed in the technical aspects of the position. Keep this in mind when writing your cover letter and consider toning down the technical language.
Art and Music Samples
Art & Design
Writing a cover letter for an industry as abstract as music and entertainment can be difficult. Instead of focusing on numerical achievements, you’ll have to focus your letter towards a portfolio of specific projects or performances. Use our letters above for inspiration.
C-Suite & Executive Cover Letters
C-Suite executives have extensive industry experience and their cover letters must go beyond a list of duties and facts. Their cover letters must reflect an ability to fit within an organization. Our cover letter examples and tip sections will help you communicate a strong profile to boost to your candidacy.
Real Estate Industry Examples
For a job in real estate, you’ll need to highlight your ability to market to prospective home owners as well as your drive to reach sales quotas. Our real estate agent letter does all of this and much more. Click the link above to learn how to write your own.
Law Enforcement, Security & Fire Cover Letters
Law Enforcement & Security
In this section we offer cover letters for those in the legal space and law enforcement. Click the position that you are in and learn about exactly what you can highlight in your cover letter to make you an outstanding candidate.
Student and Internship Cover Letters
Students often have the hardest time writing a cover letter because they lack professional experience. The key for students is to focus on relevant coursework, internship experience, and skills you might have gained from working a part-time job.
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