Sample Cover Letter for a Writing Position

Tips on Crafting Your Content

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With the proliferation of writing gigs available online, it's critical to create a cover letter that both delineates your experience and captures an employer's attention. Here's how.

Cover Letter Tips for a Writing Position

Don't Send a Form Letter: Form letters look lazy and lack originality. You're applying for a job where your words matter. Use them to craft a specific letter that speaks uniquely to the position and potential employer.

Get to the Point: Some writers love to hear the sound of their own voice. Don't ramble or pontificate. Keep your letter tight, on target and to the point. Demonstrate the power of your words with brevity.

Choose Your Tone Wisely: Match the voice of your letter to the tone of the job description. If the description is formal, write a straightforward  cover letter with a sophisticated voice. A fun, offbeat job description filled with humor gives you permission to let your guard down in your letter and spice it up. But don't go overboard on wackiness--when in doubt, reel it in.

Demonstrate Your Writing Technique: Use the cover letter as an opportunity to showcase your command of your craft. Vivid description and imagery aren't just for poetry and prose. For example, if you're applying to write about food or travel, use sensory language in your descriptions. Tell an anecdote to describe your experience.

And what's an anecdote really but a story--draw the reader in, hook him with a conflict (eg, "I had to write a 500-word piece overnight to meet a publication deadline") and then describe how you resolved it with your top notch skills.

Sample Email Cover Letter for a Freelance Writing Job

Subject: Freelance Writing Position - Jane Doe

I'm very interested in your job post for a business writer. In my position as Business Representative for Union Local 080, I wrote feature articles for the website, managed content and link submissions, and wrote a weekly email newsletter to subscribers.

While Legislative Director for Assemblywoman Susan Smith, I researched, drafted and amended legislation, wrote press releases, and was responsible for office communications and correspondence.

I also have extensive experience writing freelance articles on labor issues, which, I believe, would be an ideal match for this position. Articles are available for your review at [insert links].

Additional writing samples and my resume are attached. I look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

 

Sending an Email Cover Letter
If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the  message.  Here's an example of a formatted email cover letter.

More Sample Cover Letters
Cover letter samples and templates for a variety of career fields and employment levels, including entry-level, targeted and email cover letters for many different jobs.

Please Note: This sample is provided for guidance only. Letters and other correspondence should be edited to fit your personal situation.

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