Samples of the Best Cover Letters
When applying for a job, it's a good idea to include a cover letter, unless the employer specifies they only want an application or a resume. Even if a job listing does not specifically request a cover letter, it can be a terrific way to summarize your skills and experiences and explain (in more detail than a resume) why you are an ideal candidate for the job.
It's important to write a letter that shows what makes you one of the best candidates for the position. Think of it as your introductory “sales pitch” – your golden opportunity to make a positive “first impression” upon a company. Your cover letter should be well written, provide some sense of your personality and professionalism, and should also be targeted to the position for which you are applying.
Make clear and persuasive connections between your experiences and the skills required to excel in the job, using the skills listed in the job announcement’s “Preferred Qualifications” section as your guide. Your cover letter is one of the first things the hiring manager will see (along with your resume), so make sure it grabs the reader’s attention and entices them to give your resume a serious review.
Use these cover letter samples to get ideas for your own cover letters, so you can show employers why you should be selected for an interview.
How to Use Cover Letter Samples
Reviewing cover letter samples is a great place to start before writing your own letter. Read through some of the samples below, focusing on ones related to your industry.
These samples can help you format your letter. They can also give you ideas for the language you might want to use, and the information you should include.
However, be sure to customize your letter to fit your own skills and experience, as well as to target the specific job for which you are applying. You can also alter the format of a resume example. For instance, if the example has three paragraphs, and you only want to include two paragraphs, you can do so.
Also be sure to read this list of tips for writing a strong cover letter, and this detailed cover letter guide. If you are having trouble with a particular section of your cover letter, check out these articles on cover letter salutations, cover letter closings, and parts of a cover letter.
Review a Cover Letter Example
This is a cover letter example. Download the cover letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.
Review a Cover Letter Example (Text Version)
12 Maple Street
Citytown, IL 60416
September 1, 2018
35 Oak Avenue
Citytown, IL 60416
Dear Mr. Smith,
I was thrilled to see your ad for an occupational therapist at Citytown Therapy. I’m a licensed occupational therapist with five years of experience providing excellent care to patients ranging from toddlers to mature adults. I’d love to put my skills to work for your clinic.
In reference to your requirements in the job description, I have:
- Experience assessing patients’ fine motor and sensory skills
- Practical knowledge of creating and implementing care plans
- Effective communication skills, both oral and written
- Excellent organization and multitasking skills
- A proven track record of compassionate, effective care
- CPR certification
I’d appreciate the opportunity to discuss the position and your needs for the role. Please contact me at your convenience and let me know how I can help you.
Victoria Hernandez (signature hard copy letter)
Tip: When you're emailing your cover letter, the format will differ. Include your name and the job title in the subject of the message, and include your contact information in an email signature instead of at the top of your letter.
List of Cover Letter Samples
Have a look at this alphabetical list of great cover letter examples listed by occupation, as well as by type of cover letter. Use these examples to get ideas for your own cover letters.
A - E
- Academic Advisor
- Academic Cover Letter
- Academic Cover Letter (science)
- Administrative Coordinator
- Admissions Counselor
- Applying for More Than One Job
- Athletic Director
- Biomedical Engineer
- Block Format Cover Letter
- Business/Technical (with referral)
- Camp Counselor
- Career Change
- Cold Contact Cover Letter
- College Graduate
- College Graduate
- College Student
- Communications Director
- Construction Management
- Customer Service
- Database Administrator
- Development/Museum Position
F - M
- Faculty Position
- Finance Internship
- Flight Attendant
- Front End Web Developer
- Golf Caddy
- Hair Stylist
- Higher Education Communications
- Information Security Analyst
- Informational Meeting Request Letter
- Internal Marketing (with referral)
- Job Promotion Cover Letters (communications and retail)
- Job Transfer Request Letter
- Job Transfer Request Letter Example (relocation)
- Letter of Interest
- Letter of Interest
- Market Research Analyst
- Marketing Assistant
- Media Relations
N - R
S - Z
- Salary History
- Salary Range
- Salary Requirements
- Sales Associate (summer)
- Sales (part time)
- Scientific Research
- Scrum Master
- Social Media
- Social Worker
- Software Developer
- Software Engineer
- Special Education
- Speech Pathologist
- Store Manager (email)
- Summer Cashier
- Summer Catering Job
- Summer Hotel Front Desk/Bellhop
- Summer Job (email)
- Targeted Cover Letters
- Teaching Assistant/Tutor
- Technical Support/Help Desk
- Temp to Perm Cover Letter Example
- Transferable Skills
- Transportation Planning
- Two Job Openings at Company
More Cover Letter Examples and Tips
Need more inspiration? Here are more cover letter examples, including templates you can customize to create your own cover letters. You should also explore the top 10 cover letter writing tips, these 5 steps to cover letter success, and this comprehensive cover letter writing guide.