Samples of the Best Cover Letters

Cover Letter Examples Listed by Type of Job and Letter

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When applying for a job, you should always include a cover letter. Even if a job listing does not specifically request a cover letter, it can be a terrific way to summarize your skills and experiences, and explain (in more detail than a resume) why you are an ideal candidate for the job.

It's important to write a letter that specifies what makes you one of the best candidates for the position. Your cover letter should be well written, and should be targeted to the position for which you are applying.

Make connections between your experiences and the skills required to excel in the job. Your cover letter is one of the first thing the hiring manager will see (along with your resume), so make sure it grabs the reader’s attention.

Use these cover letter samples to get ideas for your own cover letters, so you can show employers why you should be selected for an interview.

How to Use Cover Letter Samples

Cover letter samples are a great place to start before writing your own letter. Read through some of the samples below, focusing on ones related to your industry.

These samples can help you format your letter. They can also give you ideas for the language you might want to use, and the information you should include.

However, be sure to customize your letter to fit your own skills and experience, and the job for which you are applying. You can also alter the format of a resume example. For instance, if the example has three paragraphs, and you only want to include two paragraphs, you can do so.

Also be sure to read this list of tips for writing a strong cover letter, and this detailed cover letter guide. If you are having trouble with a particular section of your cover letter, check out these articles on cover letter salutationscover letter closings, and parts of a cover letter.

Best Cover Letter Samples

Review an alphabetical list of great cover letter examples listed by occupation, as well as by type of cover letter.

 Use these examples to get ideas for your own cover letters.

A - E

·       Academic Advisor

·       Academic Cover Letter

·       Academic Cover Letter (science)

·       Administration/Business

·       Administrative Coordinator

·       Admissions Counselor

·       Applying for More Than One Job

·       Arts

·       Assistant

·       Athletic Director

·       Biomedical Engineer

·       Block Format Cover Letter

·       Business/Technical (with referral)

·       Camp Counselor

·       Career Change

·       Cold Contact Cover Letter

·       College Graduate

·       College Graduate

·       College Student

·       Communications

·       Communications Director (email cover letter)

·       Construction Management

·       Consultant

·       Cook

·       Customer Service

·       Database Administrator

·       Development/Museum Position

·       Director of Operations

·       eCommerce

·       Editorial

·       Editorial Assistant (email cover letter)

·       Education

·       Education/Alternative Education

·       Email Cover Letters

·       Employee Referral

·       Entry Level (analyst)

·       Entry Level (finance) 

·       Entry Level (marketing)

·       Event Planner

F - M

·       Faculty Position

·       Finance Internship

·       Flight Attendant

·       Freelance

·       Front End Web Developer

·       Golf Caddy

·       Hair Stylist

·       Higher Education Communications

·       Information Security Analyst

·       Informational Meeting Request Letter

·       Internal Marketing (with referral)

·       Internship

·       Job Promotion Cover Letters (communications and retail)

·       Job Transfer Request Letter

·       Job Transfer Request Letter Example (relocation)

·       Legal

·       Letter of Interest

·       Letter of Interest

·       Librarian

·       Lifeguard

·       Market Research Analyst

·       Marketing Assistant (college student)

·       Media Relations (college graduate)

N - R

·       Nanny

·       Networking Cover Letters

·       Occupational Therapist

·       Office Assistant (part-time)

·       Organizer

·       Part-Time Job

·       Photographer

·       Physical Therapist

·       Programmer Analyst

·       Promotion

·       Prospecting Letter

·       Receptionist

·       Recruiting Manager

·       Referral

·       Referred by a Contact

·       Request a Meeting

·       Research Technician

·       Retail Management

S - Z

·       Salary History

·       Salary Range

·       Salary Requirements

·       Sales

·       Sales Associate (summer)

·       Sales (part time)

·       Scientific Research

·       Scrum Master

·       Social Media

·       Social Worker

·       Software Developer

·       Software Engineer

·       Special Education

·       Speech Pathologist

·       Store Manager (email)

·       Summer Cashier

·       Summer Catering Job

·       Summer Hotel Front Desk/Bellhop

·       Summer Job (email)

·       Targeted Cover Letters

·       Teacher

·       Teaching Assistant/Tutor

·       Technical Support/Help Desk

·       Temp to Perm Cover Letter Example

·       Transferable Skills

·       Transportation Planning

·       Tutor

·       Two Job Openings at Company

·       Unadvertised Openings

·       Value Proposition Letter

·       Value Proposition Letter Sample (cold call)

·       Volunteer

·       Waiter

·       Web Content Manager (salary range included)

·       Web Content Specialist

·       Web Design Specialist (salary requirement range included)

·       Writer/Freelance

·       Writing/Marketing

More Cover Letter Examples
More cover letter examples, plus templates you can customize to create your own cover letters.

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