Jobsearch About Od Cover Letter Samples

Writing a compelling, professional cover letter can often be the most daunting aspect of any job application. Heck, sometimes it can feel like the hardest part of the job search as a whole, even.

We are faced with a blank page where we must whimsically explain why we are the perfect fit for the role and how our previous experience has prepared us. We want to show our willingness to put all of our energy into the new role while also appearing well-rounded and a great team member. And don't forget how important writing with flawless punctuation is, of course!

When you write a cover letter, however, it's also an incredible opportunity to show off your skills and personality. It is your first introduction to a prospective employer and should go beyond listing your previous accomplishments and qualifications. Think of it as both a more lyrical resume, a more consice Curriculum Vitae (or CV), and a perfectly executed business letter all in one. And in today's hyper-competitive job market, it truly must be perfect.

So, what should your cover letter include? Here’s a basic breakdown:

1. Start with an introduction paragrah that shows the hire manager you are excited about the role. Inform the prospective employer how you heard about the position and confidently state that you know you’d be a great fit.

2. Then, write a brief overview of your most recent positions and highlight how those experiences will aid you in this new role. Don't be afriad to work a few industry keywords and buzzwords into this paragraph, too; the keywords most relevant to the position you're applying for can most often be found in the position's job description.

3. Now is your opportunity, job seeker, to show even more personality. Talk about something outside of your work experience that is relevant to the role or suggest an idea about how the prospective company could change for the better.

4. Close strong by stating your eagerness to learn more about opportunity and your gratitude for being heard. Make sure to include contact information so they have no trouble following up for an interview!

Below you’ll find three sample cover letters written from three different perspectives. Don’t be afraid to replicate parts of these the next time you need to write a cover letter. (A fun side note: These are all real cover letters that resulted in a job interview — then in a secured job! Woo!)

Example 1

As an internship cover letter, this sample is for the young woman who is just starting her professional journey. It's written from the perspective of a college student who is serious about learning during a summer internship. You will see how they incorporate their current experience in a leadership role on a campus club and translate that into skills that can be used in the office. For your own cover letter, look at all the activities in your life and how they highlight your innate intelligence, creativity or leadership. Then let people know!

Your first and last name

17 Example Street, Binghamton, NY 13905

Your phone number • example@gmail.com

May 20, 2017

 

Direct contact's first and last name

Company Name

Street Address

City, State + Zip

 

Dear Hiring Manager:

 

I am excited by the prospect of joining ____’s sales team as an intern this summer and eager

to speak with you in greater detail about the available positions. Jane Smith, intern

coordinator, recently told me about the position at our campus job fair.

 

I am currently a junior at Binghamton University studying English Literature and Rhetoric.

Through my studies, I have built both oral and written communication skills as well as

developed persuasive rhetoric skills that I believe will be useful in the sales field.

 

I previously interned at _______, a content marketing company, which helps brands connect

with their customers via digital and social media. I assisted the sales team with day-to-day

activities in order to build relationships with new clients and maintain open lines of

communication with current customers. My hands-on experience at _______ gave me a great

perspective on what it takes to build a quality company through an effective and productive

sales team.

 

I am currently the head of marketing and sponsorship coordinator for the Example University

Women’s Soccer Club. I am responsible for creating and maintaining the club’s presence on

social media outlets. I also work with alumni to plan and execute a self-designed marketing

plan to build relationships and gain sponsorship with local businesses.

 

My positive experiences at ______ and the Example University Soccer Club have given me

with a quality starting point for a successful career in sales. I am eager to continue my path in the sales field by working with such a successful and

dynamic brand as _______. I am more than confident I will make a beneficial contribution to

the company’s sales team.

 

Attached is a resume outlining my qualifications and letters of recommendation are available

upon request. I look forward to speaking with you and hopefully working with you this summer!

 

Thank you for your time and consideration.

 

Sincerely,

(Name)

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Example 2

This one is written from the perspective of an experienced professional who has held several jobs and has a wide range of experiences. You’ll see how she highlights these experiences briefly and always brings it back to how they’ve taught her lessons or skills that relate directly to the job she is now applying for. No matter how much you’ve done in the past, as a current job seeker, you should always focus on whatever experiences and skills you have that are most relevant to the new role.

First and last name

17 Example Street, Binghamton, NY 13905

Your phone number • example@gmail.com

May 20, 2017

 

Direct contact's first and last name

Company Name

Street Address

City, State + Zip

 

Hi ________,

 

I am very excited to submit my application to work with you as a copywriter for travel and luxury hospitality

brands. With a breadth of experiences in travel journalism and luxury marketing, I am confident that I will be an

invaluable asset to _____________.

 

I started my editorial career as an employee of _______ where I developed our editorial voice, produced daily

posts and long-form trend analysis, launched several products including a weekly podcast and video interview

series, and represented the brand at conferences and in media.

 

________ then handpicked me for a new leadership role that crossed the lines between print and digital as well

as worked with the marketing team on new multimedia projects.

 

After 4 years with my head down, focusing on covering and analyzing the business of travel, I spent a year

interacting with the industry in a whole new way — planning, booking and overseeing domestic and

international trips for a family of luxury travelers from Manhattan. This involved conversations with 5-star hotel

properties and travel agencies, negotiations with private jet providers, and group reservations at Michelin-star

restaurants.

 

This would have little bearing on this role had I not previously written about the business of travel. I viewed all

experiences through the lens of a content creator, which is to say with a keen eye for the service, marketing

and business considerations behind every interaction.

 

Throughout my editorial career, I’ve also worked with luxury brands whose ethos I admired to assist them in

crafting their brand story and better communicating with customers.

 

I conceptualized and launched a digital platform for a high-end food service, consulted with digital creative

agencies, and launched a multimedia platform empowering girls to own ambition for ______.

 

I believe my unique editorial experience and unbridled passion for travel, and the companies that make truly

luxurious trips possible, would greatly contribute to ____________’s creation of high-quality branding,

marketing, and social content.

 

I’d love the opportunity to speak with your further via a phone call or video chat to learn more about the role

and how I can best contribute. I've attached my resume and am eager to send a sample piece crafted for a

luxury hotel within the next week if you're interested. Kindly let me know if you have any questions at all.

 

All my best,

(Name)

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Example 3

The last cover letter sample is written from the perspective of an experienced professional who is attempting to break into a completely new field. This is an exciting and complex position to be in, but you will see how she smoothly explains her previous experience and then honestly and humbly explains why she is making the switch. She keeps her tone confident and positive throughout which indicates that this is a motivated employee who will work her hardest in her new field.

First and last name

17 Example Street, Binghamton, NY 13905

Your phone number • example@gmail.com

May 20, 2017

 

Direct contact's first and last name

Company Name

Street Address

City, State + Zip

 

Hi ________,

 

I’m very excited about the sales role currently available at ________. I am confident that my

previous career experience has given me the skills and tools I need to thrive in this role.

I most recently worked as a financial analyst who alone covered the east coast for a team of

four bankers. I interacted daily with a wide variety of personalities and prioritized my tasks to

complete as many as eight deadlines in one day.

 

One of the most rewarding aspects of this position, however, was coordinating itineraries

and entertainment for our out-of town clients. I listened to their needs and desires before

arrival, created a plan that would exceed expectations, presented it for feedback and

communicated with the guests throughout their stay. I found it very fulfilling to work with

these clients to ensure the best possible experience with our firm and took great pride in

this task. I wished it was a bigger part of my time there!

 

Although I have spent the majority of my career in analytical roles, I recently left what

appeared to be a well-paved path to pursue positions that better align with my passion for

working directly with customers and creating -- as cheesy as this may sound -- magical

moments.

 

I’ve worked on small and large teams through my career and am now eager to be part of a

young and growing company where my daily hustle has a tangible impact on the success of

the business. I am ready and excited to learn any new platforms, including your particular

CRM system, that will help me and my team achieve our objectives.

 

In closing, I am confident that I can hit the ground running at Museum Hack and truly hope

we have the chance to discuss further.

 

Thank you very much for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you

soon!

 

All the best,

 

(Name)

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Samantha Shankman is a freelance business reporter and writer whose work has appeared in CNN, NBC, Travel & Leisure, Skift and Mic. She's also helped develop content for large lifestyle brands. You can follow her Twitter at @SamShankman and see more of her work at samanthashankman.com.

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Smart tips to help you format and write a cover letter

Struggling to write a cover letter that will catch an employer's attention? We've got tips to help you show your best self—and a sample you can use to get started.

There's nothing scary about writing a cover letter.

You've found the perfect job, hit the "apply" button, and started the process with your engines revved and ready. But wait! Slam the brakes! They want a cover letter. Oh no. 

Don't let this request derail you. Here's everything you need to know to write a letter that truly sells your skills. Plus, scroll down to see a sample cover letter you can use to craft your own.

What is a cover letter?

A cover letter is a one-page document that, along with your resume, is sent with your job application. A cover letter is your chance to tell a potential employer why you’re the perfect person for the position and how your skills and expertise can add value to the company. The letter should be professional but personable, and serve as a sort of introduction.

Do I need to send a cover letter?

A lot of job seekers today wonder if a cover letter is still appropriate to send with your resume—and the answer is yes! Even if an employer doesn’t ask for a cover letter, it couldn’t hurt to send one. In fact, it’s can help you get someone's attention in a different way, and it can be a great way to display your enthusiasm for the job and company.

What are the basic elements of a cover letter?

  1. Greeting: Address your cover letter to the proper person.
  2. Opening: Write a personable, inviting opening paragraph that notes how your skills are a perfect fit to the job and displays your enthusiasm.
  3. Hook: Highlight your past achievements as they relate to the job you're applying for.
  4. Skills: Emphasize additional relevant skills, such as computer languages or certifications.
  5. Close: Briefly recap your strengths as a candidate, and include your contact information.

Cover letter tips

1. Parrot the keywords: Just like with your resume, your cover letters should be customized for each job you apply to. Start by reviewing the job description. In it, you will find important keywords that let you know what kind of employee the company is hoping to find. Use these same keywords throughout your cover letter.

2. Adapt for the company: Each version of your cover letter should talk about how your skills will benefit the particular company that you want to work for. You want to target the company’s needs—not your own. Demonstrate how you could help them achieve their goals. Remember: You're selling yourself in a resume and a cover letter, but the employer has to want to buy.

3. Show you "get" them: Your cover letter should demonstrate that you have done some research into what the organization's pain points are. Presenting yourself as a solution to a hiring manager’s problem can help your cover letter take the right tone. If you’re applying to an administrative position, be sure to mention your time-management skills; if you’re an IT professional, include your expertise in improving efficiency. Always ask yourself: How can I help this company?

4. Proofread. Don’t assume spell check will catch every mistake (it won’t). Slowly review your cover letter to make sure everything reads properly. Have someone else read your cover letter for backup.

Need even more confidence before you start your cover letter? Below are some additional cover letter tips you could reference—or keep scrolling for a cover letter sample:

Cover letter mistakes you should avoid: From overusing “I” to being too vague, there are a bunch of pitfalls that can trip you up. Don’t let them!

Cover letter format and advice tips: Learn how to set up your cover letter and what each section should include.

Cover letter tips for new grads: You might lack real-world work experience, but your cover letter can be chock-full of activities that demonstrate your potential to succeed.

Cover letter tips for technology professionals: The ease of applying to online jobs has led many IT professionals to skip sending a cover letter, but that’s a mistake. 

Cover letter tips for finance professionals: If you’re searching for a finance job or want to be prepared just in case, you will need a dynamic cover letter to grab the hiring managers’ attention.

Tips for better email cover letters: If you're emailing a resume, your cover letter will deliver the first impression. These eight tips will help you craft a better email cover letter.

Cover letter sample

Check out the sample cover letter below (or download the template as a Word doc) to get some inspiration to craft your own. And we've also got you covered if you're looking for a cover letter in a specific industry. 

Once you've finished your cover letter, consider joining Monster—you can upload and store up to five cover letters and resumes, so that you can apply for jobs on our site in a snap!


[Date]

Ms. Rhonda West
Customer Service Manager
Acme Inc.
123 Corporate Blvd.
Sometown, CO 50802

Re: Customer Service Representative Opening (Ref. ID: CS300-Denver)

Dear Ms. West:

I was excited to see your opening for a customer service rep, and I hope to be invited for an interview.

My background includes serving as a customer service associate within both call-center and retail environments. Most recently, I worked on the customer service desk for Discount-Mart, where my responsibilities included handling customer merchandise returns, issuing refunds/store credits, flagging damaged merchandise for shipment back to vendors and providing back-up cashiering during busy periods.

Previously, I worked within two high-volume customer-support call centers for a major telecommunications carrier and a satellite television services provider. In these positions, I demonstrated the ability to resolve a variety of issues and complaints (such as billing disputes, service interruptions or cutoffs, repair technician delays/no-shows and equipment malfunctions). I consistently met my call-volume goals, handling an average of 56 to 60 calls per day.

In addition to this experience, I gained considerable customer service skills during my part-time employment as a waitress and restaurant hostess while in high school.

I also bring to the table strong computer proficiencies in MS Word, MS Excel and CRM database applications and a year of college (business major). Please see the accompanying resume for details of my experience and education.

I am confident that I can offer you the customer service, communication and problem-solving skills you are seeking. Feel free to call me at 555-555-5555 (home) or 555-555-5500 (cell) to arrange an interview. Thank you for your time—I look forward to learning more about this opportunity!

Sincerely,



Sue Ling

Enclosure: Resume


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