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Job Seeking Cover Letter Examples

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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Cover letter examples by industry

A good cover letter highlights the specific skills employers are looking for. Check out these cover letter examples for a variety of industries.

A great cover letter will show that you're the right candidate.

If you're wondering how to write a cover letter, you're in the right place! It doesn't matter what level you're at in your career—to get noticed by potential employers, your professional cover letter needs to knock their socks off. Your cover letter is much more than friendly greeting; it's a tool that lets hiring managers know that you're the candidate they've been hoping for.

Recruiters and hiring managers have seen every type of cover letter format imaginable. For maximum wow-factor, you must build a cover letter that highlights your industry-specific experience, accomplishments, and credentials. 

Steps to write a cover letter

  1. Start with the proper greeting: Address your cover letter to the person who will be reading it. 
  2. Introduce yourself with an opening: Write a personable, inviting opening paragraph that highlights how your skills are a perfect fit to the company and position.
  3. Get them interested with a compelling hook: Highlight your past achievements as they relate to the job you're applying for.
  4. Promote your skills: Highlight your additional relevant skills, such as computer languages or certifications.
  5. Thank them in the close: Briefly recap your strengths as a candidate, thank the reader for their time, and include your contact information.

If you need cover letter help, check out these cover letter templates for various careers and career levels in the following industries:

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Help hiring managers find your cover letter

When your cover letter is in good shape, don't let it just sit on your computer. You need to get it out there! Could you use a little help getting your cover letter in front of hiring managers? Join Monster today. As a member, you can upload up to five versions of your resume and cover letter—each customized to the kinds of jobs you're interested in. Recruiters search Monster every day looking to fill top jobs with qualified candidates, just like you. Make it easier for them to find you, and for you to find a job.