Cover Letter Examples Listed by Type of Job
Samples for Different Professions and Positions
When you are writing cover letters to apply for jobs, it's a good idea to review examples of cover letters that are relevant to the job you are applying for. These sample letters will give you ideas for how to convince the employer that you are a good match for the position.
How to Use Sample Cover Letters
Don't just copy the sample cover letters listed below. Rather, use these samples for inspiration.
Scroll through the alphabetical list and find the cover letter that matches the type of job you're applying for.
Then, read the letter. Keep an eye out for the letter's structure. How is information presented in the sample letter? The body of a cover letter is divided into three sections:
- The opening paragraph: Start off the letter by saying why you're writing. You'll want to mention both the company name and the specific job title you are applying for. You can also note where you saw the job listing. If you have a connection at the company, or were referred to the position, mention that as well. (Just make sure to ask your connection if it's OK to name drop.)
- The middle paragraphs: Use this space to provide details on why you're a good fit for the position, but avoid recreating your resume.
- The final paragraph: Wrap up your cover letter with a thank you and follow-up information.
As you read through the sample letters below, pay attention to how they follows this structure, using it to provide evidence for the letter writer's candidacy.
Think about how you will highlight your own skills and use the limited space available within your cover letter to share the most important details of your work history and accomplishments. The aspects you highlight in your cover letter should reflect details from the job description — this helps demonstrate that you're a good fit for the position.
Here's how to match your qualifications to a job description.
Notice the word choices and voice used in the example letter you're reading. Look for how the letter writer conveys personality and passion for the position, as well as the use of common cover letter phrases, such as "Thank you for your consideration," "I look forward to hearing from you," and "Because of XYZ, I'm a strong candidate for the position." Use these phrases yourself, as necessary, but always aim to keep your letter personalized and genuine.
Cover Letter Examples Listed by Type of Job
Review this alphabetical list of cover letters for a variety of different professions and types of jobs to use as a starting point for writing your own personalized cover letters.
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Job Search Letter Samples
The first thing a potential employer sees in your job application is the cover letter. This doesn't just support your CV – it's an opportunity for you to stand out from the crowd and persuade the recruiter to put you through to the next round.
Be wary of spending hours on perfecting your CV at the expense of your cover letter. If you need some inspiration on what to include and what format to use, here are our helpful guides – just remember not to copy them as exact templates.
1. Standard, conservative style
This is ideal for sectors such as business, law, accountancy and retail. For more creative sectors, a letter like this might be less appealing, and could work against you.
Dear Mr Black,
Please find enclosed my CV in application for the post advertised in the Guardian on 30 November.
The nature of my degree course has prepared me for this position. It involved a great deal of independent research, requiring initiative, self-motivation and a wide range of skills. For one course, [insert course], an understanding of the [insert sector] industry was essential. I found this subject very stimulating.
I am a fast and accurate writer, with a keen eye for detail and I should be very grateful for the opportunity to progress to market reporting. I am able to take on the responsibility of this position immediately, and have the enthusiasm and determination to ensure that I make a success of it.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this application and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
2. Standard speculative letter
This may vary according to the nature of the organisation and the industry you're applying to.
Dear Mr Brown,
I am writing to enquire if you have any vacancies in your company. I enclose my CV for your information.
As you can see, I have had extensive vacation work experience in office environments, the retail sector and service industries, giving me varied skills and the ability to work with many different types of people. I believe I could fit easily into your team.
I am a conscientious person who works hard and pays attention to detail. I'm flexible, quick to pick up new skills and eager to learn from others. I also have lots of ideas and enthusiasm. I'm keen to work for a company with a great reputation and high profile like [insert company name].
I have excellent references and would be delighted to discuss any possible vacancy with you at your convenience. In case you do not have any suitable openings at the moment, I would be grateful if you would keep my CV on file for any future possibilities.
3. Letter for creative jobs
We've used the example of a copywriter but you can adapt it for your profession. The aim of a creative letter is to be original and show you have imagination, but understand what the job entails. Balance is essential: don't be too wacky, or it will turn off the reader.
Dear Ms Green,
· Confused by commas?
· Puzzled by parenthesis?
· Stumped by spelling?
· Perturbed by punctuation?
· Annoyed at the apostrophe? (And alliteration?)
Well, you're not alone. It seems that fewer and fewer people can write. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of people who can read. So they'll spot a gaffe from a mile off. And that means it's a false economy, unless you're 100% sure of yourself, to write your own materials. (Or to let clients do it for themselves.)
To have materials properly copywritten is, when one considers the whole process of publishing materials and the impact that the client wishes to make, a minor expense. Sloppiness loses clients, loses customers.
There is an answer. Me. Firm quotes are free. You can see some of what I do on my multilingual website at [insert web address]. If you'd like, I can get some samples out to you within 24 hours. And, if you use me, you'll have some sort of guarantee that you can sleep soundly as those tens of thousands of copies are rolling off the presses.
Luck shouldn't come into it!
With kindest regards
Other helpful resources
•How to write a perfect CV and cover letter
•Applying for jobs without experience? How to build and sell your skills
•Five steps to the perfect graduate CV
•School-leavers and graduates: how to write your first CV
•How to write a personal statement for your CV
•CV templates to fit every stage of your career
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