5 Types of Cover Letters for Your Job Search

Job Seekers Need to Customize Cover Letters for Each Position and Goal

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When you are job hunting it's important to choose the appropriate cover letter for the letter's goal.  There are different types of cover letters including application letters, letters of interest, and networking letters.

The cover letter you use will be determined by whether you are applying directly for a job or seeking job search help.

Select the Right Type of Cover Letter

Be sure to choose a type of cover letter that reflects how you are applying for the job or the type of job search assistance you are requesting.

Your cover letter should be designed specifically for that particular purpose and customized for each position you seek.

General Types of Cover Letters

  • Application Letter. An application letter is written to apply for a specific job opening. (sample cover letters)
  • Referral Cover Letter. A referral cover letter mentions the name of a person who referred you to a job (sample referral cover letters)
  • Letter of Interest. A letter of interest, also known as a prospecting letter, inquires about possible job openings at a company. (sample letters of interest)
  • Networking Letter. Networking letters request job search advice and assistance. (sample networking letters)
  • Value Proposition Letter. A value proposition is a brief statement explaining what makes the candidate unique. (sample value proposition letters)

More specifically, your cover letters should be targeted to the jobs you are applying for.

You should choose a different type of cover letter if you are requesting a meeting, applying for more than one job, or sending a cover letter to a company that has not advertised job openings.

Cover Letter Examples for Job Applications

Each cover letter that you write for a specific job opening should be targeted for that position.

Be sure to include details about how your professional experience relates to the qualifications and requirements listed in the job posting. This makes it easy for the hiring manager to determine that you're a good candidate.

Example Letters to Inquire About Openings

Your dream company may not advertise a job opening and there is a chance that they're always seeking talented individuals. Take the initiative and send a letter with your resume to let them know that you're available and interested in working for them.

Sample Letters Asking for Job Search Help

The people you know can be your greatest resource when it comes to seeking a new job. Don't be afraid to ask for help from family, friends, colleagues and successful business professionals.

Most will be happy to help you if they can and they may know of the perfect opportunity for you.

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