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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We discussed the importance of creating an email cover letter in our previous post, Five Steps to a Standout Resume Email, and thought would be helpful to our job-seeking readers to provide some examples to use as a starting point for your next email cover letter.
The examples below come from real-life job seeker emails, although we’ve altered the details and contact information. Whether you prefer a “salesy” approach or you’re more of a “direct and to the point” kind of person, choose the template that suits your style. Just be sure to include these key elements in your email cover letter.
- Mention the title of the position you’re applying for in the subject line and body of your email.
- Explain where you found the job posting or how you heard about the position.
- Conclude with a subtle call to action to remind the hiring manager of the action you’d like them to take, such as, “I look forward to hearing from you.”
- List your full name and contact information in your email signature block (not just on your resume attachment).
- If applicable, quickly explain any questions that your resume may raise. For example, if you’re from out of town but planning to move close to the job location, or you’ve been at your current position for only a short time.
Email Cover Letter Examples for Legal Professionals
Example #1: If you prefer to keep it brief.
To Whom It May Concern:
I am interested in the Litigation Associate position advertised on LinkedIn. I have attached my resume and cover letter for your review.
Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.
Example #2: If you’re relocating to the city where the job opportunity is located.
Dear Hiring Manager,
I’m writing to express my interest in the Litigation Secretary position listed on Monster.com. My resume is attached for your review and consideration.
I am a fast learner, very dependable, organized, and computer savvy. I have extensive experience assisting firm attorneys and multiple paralegals, as well as supervising and managing an office. While I currently reside in Los Angeles, I will be moving to San Francisco at the end of the month.
I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you to learn more about your firm, its plans and goals, and how I might contribute to its continued success. I can be your ideal candidate if given this opportunity. Thank you.
Example #3: If a colleague referred you.
I was referred to you by a mutual acquaintance, John Smith, who said you have an opening for a litigation secretary. I have many years of experience as a litigation secretary, most of them working with managing partners. I am a professional looking for a career, not just a job. I am organized, reliable and self-motivated. I like being part of a team, but can also work independently.
Included with this e-mail is a copy of my resume for your review and consideration. Once you have had an opportunity to review my resume, please contact me if you have any questions or to arrange an interview. I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.
Thank you for your time,
Example # 4: If you’ve been at your current position for less than one year.
Please allow this introduction. My name is Jane Smith, and I have 12 years of legal secretarial experience working with managing partners of small, mid- and large-sized law firms. My current typing speed is 105 wpm from written form and 120 wpm from live dictation with the utmost accuracy. I am interested in the Litigation Secretary position advertised on your firm’s website.
I am currently working for a small civil litigation firm. However, after only 11 months in this position, the financial stability of the firm has significantly changed. Therefore I am seeking long-term tenure with a stable civil litigation firm.
Attached please find my resume and list of references. If you are interested in the professional skills and positive attributes I can contribute to your firm, please contact me at [phone number] at your convenience to schedule an interview.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Example #5: If you want to be dazzle the hiring manager with your qualifications.
Dear Recruiting Administrator:
Do you need a hardworking, creative and conscientious paralegal to meet your firm’s needs? If so, I can help you. The following is a summary of my qualifications:
- More than ten years of progressively responsible legal experience;
- Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Business Administration;
- Exceptional verbal, written and analytical skills;
- Advanced computer skills;
- Outgoing personality and “can-do” attitude.
I would like to meet with you to discuss how I might assist your firm in fulfilling its present needs. My resume is enclosed for your review. If you need someone who is highly motivated, eager to learn, and willing to work hard to succeed, please contact me at [phone] or via e-mail: [email].
Thank you for your time and consideration,
These examples are meant to be a starting point only – add your own voice, style and experience to make your own standout (or at least solid) email cover letter.
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September 18, 2013
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