Cover Letter Examples and Writing Tips

100+ Free Cover Letter Samples Listed By Type, Format and Job

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When applying for a job a cover letter should be sent or posted with your resume or curriculum vitae. This collection of free professionally written cover letter examples will help you get started.

Below you'll find both hard copy and email examples, for a variety of different types of employment inquiries and job applications including general cover letters, cold contact cover letters, referral letters, customized cover letters, job promotion letters, networking outreach letters, and letters to inquire about unadvertised openings.

Cover Letter Examples

These samples, templates, ​and examples of different types of cover letters will give you ideas and suggestions, then customize your own letter so it shows why you should be selected for an interview.

Cover Letter Samples

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Email Cover Letter Examples

Examples Listed by Type of Applicant

Cover letter samples listed by type of applicant for a job - students, entry level applicants, career changers, and experienced candidates.

What to Include in a Cover Letter

Keep in mind that your letter should express a high level of interest and knowledge about the job you are interested in. Your cover letter will highlight the most relevant experience from your resume and connect that experience with the position you are applying for.

Your cover letter should be specific to the position you are applying for, relating your skills and experience to those noted in the job posting. Your cover letter is your first, and best, chance to sell the hiring manager on your candidacy for employment so make sure it's perfect.  Here's how to avoid the most common cover letter mistakes made by job applicants.

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