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Free Professional Cover Letter Example and Writing Tips

Margaret Buj

Career expert

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A cover letter that’s well  written and tailored for the position  you want to get is an essential part of any job application. A cover letter is expected by at least  10% of all recruiters  in addition to a  properly prepared resume . Make sure yours stands out perfectly for the role you’re seeking by using our professional examples below along with our cover letter builder.

What Should I Include in My Cover Letter?

An effective cover letter will need the following four key elements shown below

1. A formal greeting

Your first contact with the employer should be a formal one. You should address them as Mr/Mrs/Ms. for this initial interaction and state their name. If possible, avoid generic openers like “Dear Sir/Madam” or “to whom it may concern”.

2. A persuasive introduction

Use the first paragraph to introduce yourself as a candidate and to give a great first impression. Use this space to give quick reasons why you applied and would be the right choice for the precise job on offer.

3. Compelling paragraphs

This next part of the letter can be used to build a convincing argument as to why you’d be the right pick for the company. Use numerical evidence to support your case and make your achievements eye-grabbing.

4. Strong Final Impression

Finally, start moving the conversation towards the next stage of the job selection process. Encourage the recruiter to read your resume for further details and explain that you’re keen to meet in person as well as how you can be contacted.

[Hiring Manager’s name]

[Company name]

[Company address]

Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms. [Hiring Manager Name]

I am contacting you to communicate my interest in the Administrative Assistant role being advertised by [company]. This role really caught my attention as I have a strong educational background and extensive experience in the office administration of medium-sized businesses. I think this knowledge and expertise could be highly valuable to [company].

During my 6 year career, I have assisted with a wide range of office administrative tasks using Microsoft Office and LibreOffice software. I have been responsible for maintaining and managing sensitive data at each and every step of the meeting organization from planning to the recording of minutes, as well as drafting critical communications.

In my current position, I was also tasked with optimizing the efficiency of our office supply buying, the results of which saved the company over $1,800 per quarter. I also enhanced my written skills greatly by assisting with the drafting and proofing of important executive correspondences.

I have enclosed my resume with this letter to provide further information about my career history so far. I hope that my credentials represent a good match for this role.

I’m very keen to learn more about the position and would be eager to organize a meeting to discuss it in more detail. In the meantime, I’d like to thank you for your consideration and to invite you to contact me at any time regarding the opportunity.

I can be reached every evening from 4 pm-8.30 pm via home phone or at any time with my email address listed below.

Address Phone number Email address

Create a compelling cover letter to get the attention of a recruiter. We’ll show you in the points below how it’s done and what to highlight when using our cover letter builder.

Essential Points to Highlight

What should or shouldn’t be included in an effective document and what should a cover letter say? Let us briefly explain…

There’s more than one way to  format and prepare a letter . Depending on the type of job you’re targeting and your level of experience you have several options to choose from.

Simple Cover Letter

Our example of a simple cover letter shows you how to start preparing a document that can be used if you have  little-to-no professional experience  but that also allows you to highlight your most employable features. It is an easy cover letter to create, which is useful when you are just starting your career.

February 16th 2020

Dear Adrian,

I am writing to apply for the Customs Broker position at Geoplex Inc as posted on LinkedIn.com. I am a qualified and fully licensed broker, with over 4 years of experience and exemplary history of managing drilling machinery imports.

I was particularly interested in the position with Geoplex, as I share in the company values of growth and innovation. Working with Benson LLC, my current organization, I’ve overseen a 12% cut in costs, as well as ensuring the standards of compliance expected by the US CBP.

Furthermore, I’ve developed a reputation for coming up with exceptional solutions to problems. This has been an especially vital skill in my current role, especially when resolving any factors arising with clearance and deliveries.

I am eager to continue my upward trajectory in a new position and would relish the opportunity to make that happen with Geoplex Inc. Please find enclosed my resume, which provides additional detail on my skills and experience as well as my complete contact information.

Please feel free to reach out to me at your leisure via my personal number or email address. I look forward to speaking to you further regarding the position.

Connie Barnes

What Makes This a Strong Covering Letter?

Generally speaking, a simple cover letter allows you to convey a lot of information fast with little excess detail. It fits in all the required information that will help give you an edge over the competition, in a concise and focused manner.

As we can see in the adjacent cover letter example, the applicant focuses on a polite greeting, conveys all the contact details necessary, and uses the first paragraph to quickly outline their interest in the job and why they’d be suitable.

This allows you as the candidate to show that you have a genuine enthusiasm for applying, which will in turn interest the employer. You can then dedicate the rest of the initial opening to offering some tidbits of information that will further motivate the recruiter to keep reading.

Learn the basics about  writing addresses on cover letters  so you can plan what information to include

In the next part of the document, our writer has added some key examples as to how they made the difference in their last job. They’ve demonstrated a little about the essential tasks they did and focused on the results they achieved in doing so.

To finish things off, they have reiterated their enthusiasm for the role available and have gradually started to draw the conversation towards the possibility of an interview. It also creates some interest in the resume (which will be a more detailed explanation of your professional experience).

As you can see, each part of the document takes the reader on a short journey from the reason for applying, to why you’d be the best candidate for the job, to finally angling towards the next steps of the process. By doing this while focusing on the job description this will provide the recruiter with exactly what they’ll need to see to pick you for an interview.

Professional Cover Letter

In our example of a professional cover letter, you’ll see how to start writing and organizing a document that can help take you to the next level of your career. If you’ve already got a few years of experience under your belt, learn how to use it to your advantage.

Dear Patricia,

I wanted to make contact with you to register my interest in the Key Account Manager position with Rhino insurance that is advertised on LinkedIn. During my 8 years of working in insurance, Rhino is a company I’ve always admired and I think I could offer you the skills you’re looking for.

My goal is and always has been to get the maximum from my staff and create excellent relationships with high profile clients. That’s why over the last 4 years of working with Yannick Mutual I’ve overseen a 93% retention rate and helped to raise revenue by as much as 14%.

Great customer management is a skill that I know Rhino values highly and it is something I pride myself on also. Your 4.8-star customer satisfaction rating stands as a testament to your ability to respond properly to your client’s needs and I would love to bring my experience to help you achieve even better results.

I would be more than happy to talk in more depth on how I can help Rhino continue in its successes. Please contact me on 207-440-4475 if you would be interested in meeting for an interview.

Thank you for taking my application into consideration and I hope we can discuss the opportunity in more depth soon.

Raquel Galaz

What Makes This an Effective Cover Letter?

Professional cover letters will need to be more detailed than some other types like an  entry-level  or  simple cover letter .  However, conciseness is still key.

As we can see in this adjacent example the writer has started off as normal by detailing their contact information and  formally greeting the recruiter . They then go on to make a short introduction of themself and start making a strong case for why they would be the right choice.

In the next section, they move onto explaining a little about the way they manage in their current job and  illustrating where they brought results  with specific instances as evidence. As a seasoned professional you’ll be expected to provide plenty of examples of how you made a difference in previous jobs and what you achieved.

Learn the basics about writing addresses on cover letters so you can plan what information to include.

To finish things off, the candidate added important elements of a good conclusion:

  • Stating a desire to meet
  • Contact information
  • Thank you for the employer’s consideration

This detailed document covers a lot in just a few paragraphs, however, it strikes the right  balance between essential information and brevity . It also functions well as it is specifically tailored to the type of profile that the recruiter is looking for.

Entry-Level Cover Letter

When you’re starting out in your career or you’ve made a  major change of industry  you’re going to need an effective entry-level cover letter. Use our example to get your professional journey off on the right foot.

I am writing to express my interest in the Structural Engineer position with Rode Engineering advertised on Glassdoor.com. Having recently completed my B.S. in Engineering from MIT in May 20XX, I would love to start my career with Rode and feel I would be a perfect fit for the role being offered.

You stated in your notice that you are looking for a candidate with superb communication skills, excellent focus, and who is a good team player. This is precisely what I would be able to bring to the position. During my time at MIT, I was an active member of the volleyball team, where interdependency, strategy, and quick decision-making were invaluable skills for success.

Additionally, over 2 summers, I interned with Humbert Energy for 6 months, working within their infrastructure team. This gave me a working knowledge of everyday engineering tasks as well as many more abilities such as spotting warn parts, serious flaws in a design, and necessary structural repairs.

As you can see, my hands-on experience, my extracurricular activities, and my Engineering B.S. make me a great fit for the Structural Engineer role at Rode. I would be excited to discuss the position more in person.

Thank you very much for considering my application. Please feel free to contact me either on my phone number 412-721-6679 or my personal email to talk about the position at length. I look forward to hearing from you.

Dan Gillard

What Makes This a Convincing Covering Letter?

Like all good covering letters, this example starts off by making a  soft introduction  and giving a little detail as to why the candidate could be a good fit for the role. However, unlike others, it immediately addresses the elephant in the room, namely the lack of professional experience.

Not only does it state the candidate’s enthusiasm for seeking the role but it also makes it clear that they are newly qualified. However, it still plays to the writer’s strengths by  stating the qualification upfront  which allows the recruiter to see that the candidate is fully trained for the job.

Your qualifications are going to be your biggest selling point in this type of letter. If you don’t have any, instead focus on relevant examples of hands-on work experience.

In the main body of this example letter, we can see that the applicant has focused entirely on addressing the job requirements point-by-point. They’ve brought specific examples of where their  college education and time studying was put to good use  and how this could apply to the sort of profile the recruiter is looking for.

This involves a mix of  hard skills and soft skills , but it perfectly helps to make up for any lack of real-world professional experience. However, to make their case even stronger, they have been able to include details of an internship, which could help make the difference against the competition.

To finish everything off the writer has given a short prompt to  reiterate why they would fit the desired profile well , in a quick conclusion. All that then needs to be added is a short paragraph giving the recruiter a call to action and hopefully instigate the next steps in the process.

Creative Cover Letter

Creative cover letters stray a little from the normal rules of job applications. Find out how to effectively  create a document for a more artistic job that gets results  and demonstrates your creativity.

Dear David,

Fudge Digital is hiring and I am just the person you need. My name is Susan Taylor and I’m a seasoned and successful Digital Marketing Manager with more than 5 years of online marketing experience. Fudge is a business with a reputation for bringing together creativity and progress. Together, I think we’d make the perfect team.

I live and breathe life as a digital creative and in the last 5 years, it’s been my honor to be able to call myself a professional in this field. I make it my mission to create attractive and effective marketing assets that look great and sell better. In the last quarter, the digital assets my team and I brought to life have smashed their targets by over 30%.

My biggest guiding forces are communication and cooperation and I know that Fudge also appreciates these skills. I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years now and have always been impressed by the values of teamwork and inspiration that are woven into everything you do.

I was also totally blown away by your Award-winning video campaign. Hopefully, we’ll be able to work together to see that you retain the title next year.

Thank you for taking the time to read through my application. I am contactable by email every day or by landline Monday-to-Friday from 6 pm onwards. I hope we can meet soon to discuss how we can help Fudge reach even greater heights.

Yours truly,

Susan Taylor

What Makes This a Powerful Cover Letter?

In most cases, creative cover letters involve  even more individuality than most  and rely on standing out. Nevertheless, they still follow normal letter-writing conventions.

As you can see in our professional example, the writer still uses  standard formality and letter structure . However, once they launch into their opening salvo they do so with a much more imaginative approach.

The letter opening still introduces the candidate and sells them a little as the perfect fit for the job. As you would normally expect, it also gives some detail about the  motivations of the applicant .

Don’t get too experimental with your cover letter. It is still a formal part of your job application and whilst you can take some risks it still has to focus on the task at hand.

The middle sections of this letter focus on building a complete picture of the candidate. It goes into detail whilst also  adding more creative embellishments  than you wouldn’t normally see in a  simple  or  professional cover letter .

Our candidate, in this case,  chooses to use specific examples  that illustrate the success their work has brought in. In this case, exceeding commercial targets by double-digit percentages.

This writer also goes a step beyond and gives a lot more information about  how the company itself got their attention  and how both parties’ goals align. Again, they cite a specific example to strengthen their hand and to show they have done their research on the business.

The author of the letter then finishes off with a quick thank you for consideration and gives the recruiter some details on how to make contact. This leaves the reader with a  positive final impression  as well as the precise sort of information they need to move the process forward.

As we can see, creative documents are worded very differently to more conventional documents. However, even in these cases, it’s still essential to  give as much evidence as possible  on your working record, using numerical data where possible.

Short Cover Letter

It isn’t always necessary to write a cover letter that fills an entire page. If you can manage to explain why you’re the best candidate for the position, your  cover letter’s length  does not need to be that long. Use the top 1 to 2 reasons you should be hired, and keep what you write relevant to the vacancy.

Dear Mr. James,

I’ve loved teaching and working with children and adolescents since I was a summer camp counselor in my junior year of high school.

I have over eight years of teaching experience at the middle school level, working with children that cover a wide range of learning skills. The state test scores of my students have collectively finished in the 95th percentile of all test takers in each of the past four years. Considering all of these factors, I believe I am the ideal candidate for the 7th and 8th-grade math teacher position at Woodlawn Middle School.

Please feel free to contact me at any time, I can be reached at 555-732-4198 or by email at [email protected]

Sincerely, Frederik Gorman

You might not think less is more when you are applying for a job vacancy. However, in this case, a short cover letter can be just as convincing as a long one. There are cover letters that last an entire page and list  irrelevant information .

The purpose of a short cover letter is to get straight to the point. As we can see in the above short cover letter example, the applicant makes it clear right away that they are excited about the chance to fill the position.

Don’t worry so much about trying to flatter the employer. Get into what makes you the perfect candidate right at the beginning, and mention you would like a response soon.

The body of the letter and the ending of the letter achieve several things:

  • Addresses a specific accomplishment
  • Makes the candidate’s skills and experience clear
  • Enthusiasm for the job and an interview

Normal cover letters will go into further detail regarding the experience and skills the candidate possesses, however, this type of letter briefly yet effectively communicates the same information.

Advantages of Cover Letter Examples

As well as offering guidance and some inspiration, cover letter examples can be useful tools in helping you learn how to  highlight the most important information  that employers will need to know about. When  creating your cover letter , ResumeCoach’s examples can help with the following points:

Learn the length you should use and the sections that you will need to include.

2. Keywords

Personalize your cover letter and find the keywords that work for your sector.

3. Choice of language

Get the level of formality right and make the text accessible for any recruiter.

4. Adaptability and speed

Complete and adapt your cover letter and resume for any job with our editor.

Cover Letter Samples

Discover our perfect cover letter examples and find out the best tips and advice to write an outstanding cover letter for your resume.

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21+ Cover Letter Examples in 2024 [For All Professions]

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No matter where you are in your career, or what job you’re applying for, submitting a cover letter with your resume is a must . 

Done right, a cover letter will effectively complement your resume and explain to the hiring manager in more detail why you’re the right person for the job.

Writing a cover letter, however, is easier said than done. 

You have to effectively demonstrate that you’ll be able to perform the responsibilities listed in the job description and that you’d be a better fit for the company compared to other candidates. 

And unless you’re a professional writer, this can be a very hard task.

Fortunately, we created these cover letter examples to inspire you and help you get started with your own cover letter!

Let’s dive in!

21 Cover Letter Examples 

#1. career change cover letter example .

cover letter example for career change

Here’s what this cover letter does right:

  • Has an ideal length. This cover letter includes all the relevant information for the hiring manager without getting into too much detail.
  • Relevant introduction. The candidate explains that they’re changing careers and why they want to work in this new field from the get-go.
  • Explains their related experience. The candidate explains how their previous experience in retail sales can help them succeed in PR.

Check out our guide video guide to learn how to write a Cover Letter that gets you HIRED!

#2. Recent Graduate Cover Letter Example 

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  • Personally greets the hiring manager. The candidate has taken the time to find the hiring manager’s name and address them by it, which makes the opening of the cover letter much more personal.
  • Wraps up with a call to action. The candidate wraps up the cover letter by suggesting a meeting with the hiring manager, which makes them more memorable.
  • Explains why the candidate is the right person for the internship. In this cover letter for an internship , the candidate explains how they’ve previously interned in a different firm, which gives them the experience to succeed in this role.

Have you just graduated from college? Make sure to check out our guide on writing an entry-level cover letter from start to finish! 

#3. Middle Management Cover Letter Example

Cover Letter Example for Middle Management

  • Use of bullet points. The candidate presents the information in a concise and reader-friendly way, making it easy for the hiring manager to find their key achievements. 
  • Formal closing. The candidate has used a formal and polite tone to conclude their cover letter, which combined with a call to action makes them look professional and passionate about getting the job. 
  • Explains how the company would benefit from hiring them. The candidate outlines exactly what they could do for the company, which not only highlights their skills but also shows they’ve done their research on the company’s needs. 

#4. Business Manager Cover Letter Example

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  • Detailed header. In addition to the must-have contact details, this candidate has also included their professional Twitter and LinkedIn profiles, making it easy for the hiring manager to look more closely into their career. 
  • Concise and to the point. This candidate has used short paragraphs and bullet points to make the cover letter easy to skim through. 
  • Wraps up with a call to action. By letting the hiring manager know they’ll be contacting them soon, they’re more likely to make an impression.

Check out this article for a complete writing guide and an inspiring business manager resume sample. 

#5. Ph.D. Cover Letter Example

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Here’s what this cover letter does right: 

  • Attention-grabbing introduction. In the opening paragraph, this candidate explains why they’re passionate about pursuing a Ph.D. in great detail. 
  • Explains the candidate’s qualifications in detail. The candidate builds on their passion by explaining how they’re also qualified for the degree because of their education history and academic achievements. 

#6. Senior Executive Cover Letter Example

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  • Professional and minimalistic template. This senior executive has used a professional but minimalistic template that lets their work experience do the talking. 
  • Achievement-oriented opening paragraph. Right from the get-go, this candidate explains what makes them so good at their job, effectively grabbing the hiring manager’s attention.  
  • Wraps up with a call to action. By suggesting to have a meeting and discussing how they can help the company meet its goals, the candidate stands more chance to make a positive lasting impression. 

#7. Architect Cover Letter Example 

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  • Modern resume template. This architect has picked a template that perfectly matches his industry, as it is professional and modern at the same time. 
  • A personal greeting to the HR. They address the hiring manager by their first name, which helps make a better first impression. 
  • Measurable achievements. By quantifying their achievements, the candidate proves their achievements instead of just claiming them.

Struggling with your architect resume ? Check out our full guide!

#8. Business Analyst Cover Letter Example 

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  • Detailed contact information. The candidate has listed both their LinkedIn and Twitter profiles, providing the HR manager an opportunity to learn more about the candidate.  
  • Mentions what the candidate can do for the company. This cover letter doesn’t just explain why the job would be great for the candidate, but also how the candidate would benefit the company. Win-win, right? 
  • Error-free and reader-friendly. It’s super important for the cover letter to have no spelling or grammatical errors and be reader-friendly. This candidate made sure they did both.

Need a resume alongside your cover letter? Check out our guide on how to write a business analyst resume . 

#9. Consultant Cover Letter Example 

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  • Professional cover letter template. Being an experienced consultant, this candidate has picked a professional template that doesn’t steal the spotlight from their achievements. 
  • Experience and achievement-oriented. The candidate has effectively elaborated on their top achievements relevant to the job. 
  • Highlights the candidate’s passion. To show they want the job, this candidate has also explained how passionate they are about their profession.

For more advice on landing a job as a consultant, check out our guide to writing a consultant resume .

#10. Digital Marketing Cover Letter Example

Cover Letter Example for Digital Marketing

  • Creative cover letter template. This digital marketer highlights their originality by picking a creative cover letter template. 
  • Lists the candidate’s awards. The candidate has taken advantage of the cover letter to list their most noteworthy awards in the industry. 
  • Concludes with a call to action. As they used a call to action to conclude their cover letter, the HR manager will be more likely to remember them.

Want to take your digital marketing resume to the next level? Check out our guide!

#11. Graphic Designer Cover Letter Example 

Cover Letter Example for Graphic Designer

  • Detailed contact information. The candidate has included additional contact information such as their website link, as well as their LinkedIn and Twitter profiles.  
  • Ideal length. This cover letter is concise, which means that the HR manager is more likely to read it from start to finish.  
  • Draws attention to the candidate’s strong points. Although this candidate is a recent college graduate, they’ve managed to effectively show that they have enough knowledge and experience to do the job right.

Read this guide to write a graphic designer resume that’s just as good as your cover letter!

#12. Administrative Assistant Cover Letter Example

Cover Letter Example for Administrative Assistant

  • Minimalistic cover letter template. The candidate picked a well-designed but minimalistic template for their cover letter. 
  • Focused on skills and achievements. This cover letter is packed with the candidate’s skills and achievements, proving he can be an excellent employee. 
  • Formal closing. Politeness can go a long way and the candidate has used this to their advantage to make an impression. 

Our article on how to write an administrative assistant resume can help you take your job application to the next level.

#13. Front Desk Cover Letter Example

Cover Letter Example for Front Desk

  • Modern cover letter template. This template incorporates memorable colors and clear lines, which make the cover letter very visually appealing. 
  • Attention-grabbing introduction. Using an attention-grabbing intro, the candidate is more likely to make an impression. 
  • Calls the HR to action. By including a call to action, the candidate is reminding the HR of their immediate availability. 

#14. Human Resources Cover Letter Example

Cover Letter Example for Human Resources

  • It is concise and to the point. The candidate doesn’t dwell on unimportant details the HR won’t be interested in. 
  • Uses a traditional cover letter template. The cover letter design is more on the conventional side, which fits the industry better. 
  • Highlights the candidate’s strong points. The candidate has rich work experience and they use the cover letter to elaborate on it. 

This HR resume guide can help you get your resume just right.

#15. Sales Agent Cover Letter Example 

Cover Letter Example  for Sales Agent

  • Attention-grabbing cover letter template. As a salesperson, this candidate knows how important first impressions are, so they’ve picked a catchy cover letter template. 
  • Has an ideal length. At the same time, they’ve also made sure to keep their cover letter at just the right length. 
  • Lists the candidate’s career highlights. The candidate has made perfect use of the space by mentioning their most impressive professional achievements. 

Check out this sales agent resume guide to create an attention-grabbing sales resume .

#16. Receptionist Cover Letter Example

Cover Letter Example for Receptionist

  • Modern but minimalistic cover letter template. The template’s design hints the candidate is creative but professional at the same time. 
  • Uses a catchy introduction. The candidate has used an attention-grabbing opening paragraph to catch HR’s attention. 
  • Concludes the cover letter formally. The candidate proves that they’re polite and well-spoken, a quality very much important for the role they’re applying for. 

Take your receptionist resume to the next level with this receptionist resume guide .

#17. Information Technology Cover Letter Example

Cover Letter Example for Information Technology

  • Mentions measurable achievements. Numbers make an impact, which is why this candidate has included measurable achievements. 
  • Lists both soft and hard skills. The candidate has mentioned a great mix of soft and hard skills, showing how well-rounded they are. 
  • Contains relevant contact information. The candidate’s GitHub, website name, LinkedIn, and Twitter profiles are all great additions to the resume. 

Looking for tips to help you write a great IT resume ? Check out our guide!

#18. Real Estate Cover Letter Example

Cover Letter Example for Real Estate Agent

  • Ideal length. Short and to the point, this cover letter is bound to get noticed by the HR manager. 
  • Wraps up with a call to action. This candidate reinforces the HR to call them back through a final call to action. 
  • Mentions the right skills. On top of their sales accomplishments, the candidate touch upon important soft skills such as customer service and communication . 

This real estate resume guide will help you take your resume from good to great.

#19. Teacher Cover Letter Example

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  • Mentions relevant contact information details. This candidate has included optional (but relevant) contact information details, such as their LinkedIn, Quora, and Medium profiles. 
  • Achievement-oriented. The candidate has elaborated on their achievements in more detail throughout their cover letter. 
  • Highlights the candidate’s passion. For some jobs, being passionate is much more important than for others. Teaching is one of these jobs, which is why this candidate explains their passion for the job. 

Our guide on how to write a teacher resume has all the tips you need to land the job.

#20. Project Manager Cover Letter Example

Cover Letter Example for Project Manager

  • Leverages a catchy introduction. Through a catchy introductory paragraph, this candidate is sure to grab the HR’s attention and get them to read the rest of their cover letter.
  • Lists measurable accomplishments. This candidate explains exactly what they’ve achieved using numbers and hard data. 
  • Personally greets the HR. A personal greeting sounds much better than “Dear Sir/Madam,” and the candidate knows this. 

This guide on how to write a project manager resume can help you perfect your appication.

#21. Paralegal Cover Letter Example

Cover Letter Example for Paralegal

  • Minimalistic cover letter template. This cover letter design looks good but doesn’t steal the show from the candidate’s abilities. 
  • Mentions the candidate’s academic achievements and extracurricular activities. Although the candidate is a recent graduate, they’ve used the cover letter to explain they have enough skills and achievements to do the job. 
  • Lists measurable achievements. The candidate proves they did well in their internship by mentioning quantifiable achievements. 

Check out this paralegal resume guide to perfect yours.

What is a Cover Letter? 

A cover letter is a one-page document that you submit as part of your job application, alongside your resume . 

Its purpose is to introduce you and briefly summarize your professional background. On average, your cover letter should be from 250 to 400 words long .

A good cover letter can give the hiring manager more insight into what makes you a good candidate and help them make up their mind about whether they should invite you for an interview. A bad cover letter, though, will get ignored (at best) and lose you the job (at worst).

So, to make sure this doesn’t happen, it’s essential to know how to write a convincing cover letter.

The first thing to remember is that a cover letter is a supplement to your resume, not a replacement. Meaning, you shouldn’t just repeat whatever is mentioned in your resume and call it a day. 

Optimally, you should use your cover letter to shed more light on your skills and qualifications, as well as explain anything you didn’t have space for in your resume (e.g. a career gap or why you’re changing careers).

If you’re writing a cover letter for the first time, though, putting all this together might seem pretty tough. 

Fortunately, you can follow our tried-and-tested format to make the experience much easier:

  • Header - Input your contact information.
  • Greeting the hiring manager - Open the cover letter with a “Dear Sir or Madam,” or use the hiring manager’s name if you know what that is.
  • Opening paragraph - Grab the hiring manager’s attention by getting straight to the point. Mention what your professional experiences are, and what role you’re applying for.
  • The second paragraph - Explain why you’re the perfect candidate for the job. Mention your top 2-3 achievements, your top skills, why you want to work in that specific industry, and whatever else is relevant.
  • The third paragraph - End your cover letter with a call to action. E.g. “I would love to meet personally and discuss how I can help Company X.”
  • Formal closing - Something like this: “Thank you for your consideration. Best, John Doe.”

Here’s what this looks like in practice:

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9 Tips to Write a Cover Letter (the Right Way)

Now that we've covered the basics, let's talk about cover letter tips . Below, we'll give you all the knowledge you need to take your cover letter from "OK" to "great."

#1. Pick the right template

A good cover letter is all about leaving the right first impression.

And what’s a better way to leave a good impression than through a professional, well-formatted, and visual template?

You can simply pick one of our tried-and-tested cover letter templates and you’ll be all set!

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#2. Add your contact details on the header

The best way to start your cover letter is through a header. 

Here’s what you want to include there:

  • Phone Number
  • Name of the hiring manager / their professional title
  • Name of the company you’re applying to

Optionally, you can also include the following:

  • Social Media Profiles - Any type of profile that’s relevant to your field. Social Profiles on websites like LinkedIn, GitHub (for developers), Medium (for writers), etc.
  • Personal Website - If you have a personal website that somehow adds value to your application, you can mention it. Let’s say you’re a professional writer. In that case, you’d want to link to your content portfolio site or blog.

#3. Greet the hiring manager the right way

Once you’ve listed all your relevant contact information, it’s time to address the hiring manager reading your cover letter. 

A good practice here is to find the hiring manager’s name and address them directly instead of using the traditional “dear sir or madam.” This shows that you’re really invested in the company and that you took your time to do some research about the job.

So, how can you find out the hiring manager’s name?

One way to do this is by looking up the head of the company’s relevant department on LinkedIn. Let’s say you’re applying for the position of Communication Specialist at Novoresume. The hiring manager is probably the Head of Communications or the Chief Communications Office.

Or let’s say you’re applying for the position of server at a restaurant. In that case, you’d be looking to find out who the restaurant manager is.

If this doesn’t work, you can also check out the “Team” page on the company website; there’s a good chance you’ll at least find the right person there.

If you still can’t find out the hiring manager’s name, here are several other greetings you can use:

  • Dear [Department] Hiring Manager
  • Dear Hiring Manager
  • To whom it may concern
  • Dear [Department] Team

#4. Create an attention-grabbing introduction

Recruiters get hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of applications. Chances are, they’re not going to be reading every single cover letter end-to-end.

So, it’s essential to catch their attention from the very first paragraph.

The problem with most cover letter opening paragraphs, though, is that they’re usually extremely generic, often looking something like this: 

Hey, my name is Jonathan and I’d like to work as a Sales Manager at XYZ Inc. I’ve worked as a sales manager at MadeUpCompany Inc. for 5+ years, so I believe that I’d be a good fit for the position.

As you can probably tell, this opening paragraph doesn’t tell the hiring manager anything other than that you’ve worked the job before - and that’s not really helpful in setting you apart from other candidates. 

What you want to do, instead, is start off with 2-3 of your top achievements to really grab the reader’s attention. Preferably, the achievements should be as relevant as possible to the position. 

For example:

My name’s Michael and I’d like to help XYZ Inc. hit and exceed its sales goals as a Sales Manager. I’ve worked with Company X, a fin-tech company, for 3+ years. As a Sales Representative, I generated an average of $30,000+ in sales per month (beating the KPIs by around 40%). I believe that my previous industry experience, as well as my excellence in sales, makes me the right candidate for the role of X at Company Y.

The second example shows how the candidate is a top performer. The first just shows that they’ve worked a sales job before.

Which one are YOU more likely to invite for an interview?

#5. Show you’re the perfect person for the job

One great thing about cover letters is that they allow you to expand more on the top achievements from your resume and really show the hiring manager that you’re the right person for the job. 

A good way to do that is to first read the job ad and really understand what skills/experiences are required, and then to ensure that your cover letter touches upon the said skills or experiences.

In my previous role as a Facebook Marketing Expert at XYZ Inc. I handled customer acquisition through ads, managing a monthly Facebook ad budget of $20,000+. As the sole digital marketer at the company, I managed the ad creation and management process end-to-end. This means I created the ad copy and images, as well as picked the targeting, ran optimization trials, and so on.

Other than Facebook advertising, I’ve also delved into other online PPC channels, including:

  • Google Search

#6. Explain why you’re a great company fit

The HR manager doesn’t only look at whether you’ll be good at the job or not. They’re looking for someone that’s also a good fit for the company culture.

After all, employees that don’t fit in are bound to quit, sooner or later. This ends up costing the company a ton of money, up to 50% of the employee’s annual salary . 

To convince the hiring manager that you’re a great company fit, do some research on the company and find out what it is you like about them, or about working there. You want to know things like:

  • What’s the company’s business model?
  • What’s the company's product or service? Have you used it?
  • What’s the culture like? Will someone micro-manage your work, or will you have autonomy on how you get things done?

Then, turn your top reasons for liking to work there into text and add them to your cover letter! 

#7. Wrap up with a call to action

To make the end of your cover letter as memorable as possible, you want to:

  • Wrap up any points you couldn't in the previous paragraphs. Mention anything you’ve left out that you think could help the hiring manager make up your mind.
  • Thank the hiring manager for their time. After all, it never hurts to be polite. 
  • Finish the cover letter with a call to action. A call to action is a great way to make your cover letter ending as memorable as possible. 

#8. Write a formal closing

Once you’re done with the final paragraph, all you have to do is write down a formal “goodbye” and you’re good to go.

Feel free to use one of the most popular conclusions in a cover letter:

  • Best Regards,
  • Kind Regards,

#9. Proofread your cover letter

Last but not least, make sure to always proofread each and every document that you’ll be including in your job application - cover letter included. 

The last thing you want is to be claiming you’re a great candidate for the job with a cover letter full of typos! 

For an even more comprehensive guide on how to write an impactful cover letter , check out our article ! 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you still have some questions about cover letters? Check out the answers below:

1. How do I write a simple cover letter? 

To write a cover letter that’s simple but also professional, make sure to include a header with your personal information, a formal greeting to the hiring manager, an attention-grabbing opening paragraph, a second paragraph explaining why you’re a good candidate for the job, and a formal closing (preferably with a call to action). 

2. What are the 3 parts of a cover letter? 

The three parts of a cover letter are: 

  • The introduction , namely the header, the greeting to the hiring manager, and the opening paragraph. 
  • The sales pitch is usually the body of the cover letter. 
  • The conclusion involves a formal closing and a signature line.

3. What makes a great cover letter?

A great cover letter should be personalized for each job you’re applying for, instead of being overly generic. It’s also preferable to address the hiring manager by their name and not use the overly-used “Dear Sir/Madam.”

To make a great first impression, you should mention 1-2 of your top achievements in your opening paragraph - the more job-specific they are, the better. Also, don’t stop at showing the hiring manager why you’re a great candidate for the job. Make sure to also talk about how you’re a good culture fit for the company.

Last but not least, wrap up your closing paragraph with a call to action to give the hiring manager a little extra something to remember you by. 

4. When is a cover letter necessary?

Unless the job ad specifically states otherwise, you should always include a cover letter with your job application .

Even if the hiring manager doesn’t read it, you will look more professional simply by including one.

And that’s a wrap! We hope our cover letter examples and writing tips will inspire you to write a cover letter that will land you your next job.

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This basic cover letter can be adapted for just about any job search situation.

We show you how to:

  • put together a simple, straightforward and convincing cover letter
  • effectively communicate your relevant skills and competencies for the job
  • make sure your resume gets read

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A resume without a cover letter often gets no further than the trash can. Show your interest and enthusiasm for the job opportunity by taking the time to write a good cover letter. This simple cover letter provides an excellent start.

Follow the easy guidelines and use the sample letter to get the right message across.

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  • Always address the letter to an individual by his or her name. Do not send it to the "Hiring Manager" or "To Whom It May Concern". Contact the company and find out who the cover letter should be addressed to.
  • Clearly establish why you are writing the cover letter in your opening sentences - the position you are applying for and why you are applying.
  • Express enthusiasm and confidence that you are a suitable candidate in your introduction.
  • Highlight your competencies and summarize why you are the right person for the job.
  • Close the cover letter with a proactive request for an interview, meeting or follow-up.

What competencies should I focus on?

There are a number of competencies that are recognized as key to successful performance in nearly all job fields. The employer will be looking for evidence of these competencies in your basic cover letter.

The likelihood is that you already possess and use these skills in your professional life. Go through each of these 6 key competencies and think of an example of how you use that particular behavior or competency in your work.

Communication skills - able to express your ideas clearly, able to listen actively, able to follow instructions properly and give information appropriately.

Teamwork - able to work together with others to reach a goal. Co-operative and willing to put the team's success above personal success.

Problem-solving - able to collect and analyze information to identify problems and come up with possible solutions.

Planning and organizing - able to plan and prioritize work tasks to achieve the necessary outcomes.

Integrity - honesty, respect for others, reliability, maintain confidentiality, fulfill your commitments and adhere to company policies.

Motivation - this includes energy, hard work and enthusiasm for the job. A willingness to put in extra hours and go the extra mile.

It is important to communicate these competencies to the employer in your cover letter. Remember that these behaviors apply to virtually any job situation and can be used in any basic cover letter.

Emphasize those competencies that are indicated in the job posting.

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Sample Basic Cover Letter

Your Name Your Address Your Contact details (phone and email)

Contact Name Contact Job Title Company Name Company Address

Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms Last Name

I was excited to see your opening for an Administrative Assistant on the XYZ job website. I am confident that my background and abilities are an excellent match for the job. Please allow me to highlight my skills and competencies as they relate to your job requirements.

  • X years wide-ranging experience as an administrative assistant in a fast-paced work environment
  • proven computer skills with an in-depth knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills used to successfully develop presentations, write reports and draft correspondence
  • recognized as a resourceful problem-solver who is able to efficiently collect and analyze information to find workable solutions
  • strong organizational and planning skills ensure that I am able to accurately and consistently meet multiple project deadlines
  • a hard worker who has built confidence and trust at all levels
  • a committed team member who is known to go the extra mile

I firmly believe that I can make a positive contribution to your company and I have enclosed my resume to provide more information on my skills and experience. I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you for an in-depth discussion and I will make myself available at your first convenience.

Thank you for you review and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Joan Jobseeker

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What's the best way to write a letter to apply for a job? Your letter should detail your specific qualifications for the position and the skills you would bring to the employer. What’s most important is to show the employer that you’re a perfect match for the job.

Your job application letter is an opportunity to highlight your most relevant qualifications and experience. An effective cover letter will enhance your application, showcase your achievements, and increase your chances of landing an interview.

Review what to include in a job application letter, tips for writing a letter that will get your application notice, and examples of letters and email messages sent to apply for a job.

Key Takeaways

  • An application letter accompanies a resume and may be uploaded to a job portal, sent via email, or even sent by postal mail, depending on the employer’s requirements.
  • Application letters are an ideal way to show your interest in a job and highlight your most relevant skills.
  • It’s important to match your letter to the job description and show the employer that you have the qualifications they are seeking.

A   letter of application, also known as a  cover letter , is a document sent with your resume to provide additional information about your skills and experience to an employer. Your letter of application is intended to provide detailed information on why you are an ideal candidate for the job.

Your application letter should let the employer know what position you are applying for, what makes you a strong candidate, why they should select you for an interview, and how you will follow up.

Effective application letters explain the reasons for your interest in the specific organization and identify the most relevant skills that qualify you for the job.

Your application letter should let the employer know what position you are applying for, explain your qualifications for the job, why you should be selected for an interview, and how you will follow up.

Unless an employer specifically requests a job application letter sent by postal mail, today most cover letters are sent by email or attached as a file in an online application tracking system.

As with all cover letters, a job application letter is divided into sections:

  • The heading includes your name and contact information.
  • A  greeting  addressed to a specific person, if possible.
  • The introduction includes why the applicant is writing.
  • The body discusses your relevant qualifications and what you have to offer the employer.
  • The close thanks the reader and provides contact information and follow-up details.
  • Your  signature to end the letter .

Here’s how to ensure that your application supports your resume, highlights your most relevant qualifications, and impresses the hiring manager.

Get off to a direct start.  In your first paragraph, explain why you are writing. Mention the job title and company name, and where you found the job listing. While you can also briefly mention why you are a strong candidate, this section should be short and to the point.

Offer something different than what's in your resume. You can make your language a bit more personal than in your resume bullet points, and you can tell a narrative about your work experience and career.

Application letters typically accompany resumes, so your letter should showcase information that your resume doesn't.

Make a good case.  Your first goal with this letter is to progress to the next step: an interview. Your overarching goal, of course, is to get a job offer. Use your application letter to further both causes. Offer details about your experience and background that show why you are a good candidate. How have other jobs prepared you for the position? What would you bring to the position, and to the company? Use this space to  emphasize your strengths .

Close with all the important details.  Include a thank you at the end of your letter. You can also share your contact information and mention how you will follow up.

This is a sample cover letter.  Download the cover letter template  (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for an email sample.

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John Donaldson 8 Sue Circle Smithtown, CA 08067 909-555-5555 john.donaldson@email.com

September 6, 2022

George Gilhooley LTC Company 87 Delaware Road Hatfield, CA 08065

Dear Mr. Gilhooley,

I am writing to apply for the programmer position advertised in the Times Union. As requested, I enclose my certification, resume, and references.

The role is very appealing to me, and I believe that my strong technical experience and education make me a highly competitive candidate for this position. My key strengths that would support my success in this position include:

  • I have successfully designed, developed, and supported live-use applications.
  • I strive continually for excellence.
  • I provide exceptional contributions to customer service for all customers.

With a BS degree in computer programming, I have a comprehensive understanding of the full lifecycle of software development projects. I also have experience in learning and applying new technologies as appropriate. Please see my resume for additional information on my experience.

I can be reached anytime via email at john.donaldson@email.com or by phone at 909-555-5555.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you about this employment opportunity.

Signature  (hard copy letter)

John Donaldson

The following is a sample email cover letter to send as part of a job application.

Email Application Letter Example

Subject: Colleen Warren - Web Content Manager Position

Dear Hiring Manager,

I'm writing to express my interest in the Web Content Manager position listed on Monster.com. I have experience building large, consumer-focused, health-based content sites. While much of my experience has been in the business world, I understand the social value of this sector, and I am confident that my business experience will be an asset to your organization.

My responsibilities have included the development and management of website editorial voice and style, editorial calendars, and the daily content programming and production for various websites.

I have worked closely with health care professionals and medical editors to provide the best possible information to a consumer audience of patients. I have also helped physicians to use their medical content to write user-friendly and easily comprehensible text.

Experience has taught me how to build strong relationships with all departments in an organization. I have the ability to work within a team, as well as cross-team. I can work with web engineers to resolve technical issues and implement technical enhancements. 

I am confident working with development departments to implement design and functional enhancements, monitor site statistics, and conduct search engine optimization.

Thank you for your consideration.

Colleen Warren colleen.warren@email.com 555-123-1234 www.linked.com/colleenwarren

How to Send an Email Application Letter

If sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title you are applying for in the  subject line  of the email:

Colleen Warren - Web Content Manager Position

Include your contact information in your email signature but don't list the employer's contact information.

Do you have to write a cover letter when you apply for a job?

Some employers require cover letters. If they do, it will be mentioned in the job posting. Otherwise, it’s optional but it can help your chances of securing an interview. A cover letter gives you a chance to sell yourself to the employer, showcase your qualifications, and explain why you are a perfect candidate for the job.

How can you use a cover letter to show you’re a qualified candidate?

One of the easiest ways to show an employer how you’re qualified for a job is to make a list of the requirements listed in the job posting and match them to your resume. Mention your most relevant qualifications in your cover letter, so the hiring manager can see, at a glance, that you have the credentials they are looking for.

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A well-written cover letter can be the difference between obtaining an interview and having your resume ignored. If you’re looking for a job, it’s important to take the time to write a customized cover letter that specifically relates to the position you are applying for. Check out these perfect cover letter examples for any job before getting started. With these samples, you’ll be able to create a winning cover letter in no time!

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How To Write a Perfect Cover Letter For Any Job?

A great cover letter can be the difference between getting a job and getting rejected. Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to make sure your cover letter is as effective as possible. First, be sure to tailored your letter to the specific job you are applying for. Generic letters are often quickly spotted by employers and immediately thrown out. Second, try to avoid repeating the same information that is already included in your resume.

Instead, use your cover letter to highlight experiences or skills that make you especially well-suited for the job. Finally, be sure to proofread your letter carefully before sending it off. A few small typos could give the impression that you are careless and not detail-oriented enough for the job. By following these simple tips, you can be sure that your cover letter will make a great impression on potential employers.

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To Whom It May Concern,

The writing to apply for the job of ___________ that you have advertised.

It is a ___________ with ___________ years of experience in the field. Have the skills and qualifications that are required for this position, and I am confident that I would be a valuable asset to your team.

To motivated and hard-working, and I am sure that I would excel in this role. I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss my qualifications further with you, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Perfect Cover Letter For Any Job With No Experience

I am writing to apply for the open job position. I saw your posting on the website and was very excited about the opportunity.

Although I have no prior experience in this field, I am confident that I have the skills and abilities needed to be successful in this role. It is a quick learner and have a positive attitude. I am also very organized and detail-oriented.

To believe that I would be a great asset to your team. I am eager to learn and contribute to the success of your company. I am available to start immediately and can be reached at ___________.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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As a highly skilled and motivated professional with extensive experience in the field, I am confident that I can be a valuable asset to any organization. My perfect cover letter for any job examples will highlight my qualifications and demonstrate why I am the best candidate for the position.

I have a proven track record of success in various roles and industries, and I am certain that I can make a positive contribution to your company. In my previous positions, I have consistently exceed expectations and helped my employers achieve their goals.

I am excited about the opportunity to join your team and contribute to your success. I look forward to meeting with you and discussing how I can be of service. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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The Perfect Cover Letter For Any Job

I am writing to apply for the job of (name of job). I have (number) years of experience in (field), and I believe that I am the perfect candidate for this position.

In my previous role, I was responsible for (task), and I was able to achieve (results). This experience has given me the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in this role.

I am a motivated individual who is always looking for new challenges. I am confident that I can make a positive contribution to your company.

Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you.

(Your name)

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The writing in regards to the open position for ____________ that I saw advertised on ___________. I believe that I am the perfect candidate for this job and would be a valuable asset to your team.

Have _____ years of experience in this field/industry and have gained a wealth of knowledge and skills that I can bring to this role. In my previous positions, I have been responsible for _____________ and have excelled in this area. I am confident that I can do the same for your company and help contribute to your success.

In addition to my experience, I have _____ which makes me uniquely qualified for this job. These skills include ___________ and ___________. I am confident that I can put these skills to good use in this role and help the company achieve its goals.

I am eager to put my skills and experience to work for your company and would appreciate the opportunity to interview for this position. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Writing in regards to the open position for ____________ that I saw advertised on ___________. Believe that I am the perfect candidate for this job and would be a valuable asset to your team.

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5 Things To Include in a Perfect Cover Letter For Any Job

A well-written cover letter can be the key to landing an interview for your dream job. But what should you include in a cover letter to make the best impression? Here are five things to keep in mind:

  • Start with a polite greeting and address the letter to the specific person who will be reading it.
  • In the first paragraph, briefly introduce yourself and explain why you’re interested in the position.
  • In the second paragraph, highlight some of your skills and qualifications that make you a good fit for the job.
  • In the third paragraph, mention anything else that might be relevant, such as your availability for an interview.
  • End with a courteous closing and your contact information.

By following these tips, you can write a cover letter that will make a great first impression and increase your chances of getting an interview.

Related: What is Cover Letter? Complete Guide To Get any Job.

I hope you found this blog helpful. If you are looking for more cover letter examples or want to learn how to write a perfect cover letter for any job, make sure to check out our other blog posts on the subject. Good luck in your job search!

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Crafting the Perfect Cover Letter: Tips for Stay-at-Home Moms Reentering the Job Market

B eing a stay-at-home parent looking to return to work can be quite daunting. You might have years of experience before your time at home, but you have no transferable skills to highlight for a potential employer. This isn’t the case, and to help you, let’s look at the best ways to create a stay-at-home mom cover letter to send when looking to go back to work.

Do You Still Need a Cover Letter?

A cover letter has been a standard part of applying for a job for many years. It might seem that if you are sending a digital application, you no longer need one. But there are some solid reasons to create one for both standard and digital applications.

For starters, it is often part of the job description. This might be because the employer wants to scan the letter to learn a little about each person. Or it might be a simple test to see if you can follow instructions! Whatever the reason, if the description states you should send one, make sure you do.

Another reason is that a cover letter is a chance to showcase what you do and highlight the most important parts of your resume. For a stay-at-home mom resume, it also pays to take a moment to highlight why there’s a gap in your employment history. Make sure it is immediately apparent that you have been a full-time parent, which is why there’s no employment history for whatever the time period is.

Tips On Creating a Cover Letter for Stay-at-Home Moms

Now you know why you need one, let’s look at some tips on managing your cover letter when you have been a stay-at-home mom.

Don’t Hide What You’ve Been Doing

Any good hiring manager will look at your resume and realize there are gaps. The key part of the cover letter is to tell them why you’ve had a career break and what you have been doing while out of the job market. Make it clear that you have been either a full or part-time parent alongside whatever previous experience you have had.

Be Confident, and Don’t Apologize 

You have been working hard, just in a different way than people going out to work. Don’t feel the need to apologize for that break in your resume; there’s nothing wrong with stepping back from your career to take on a full-time job as a parent. So be confident in your life choices and allow this to come through in your cover letter.

Highlight Transferrable and Relevant Skills

You may think that you have yet to gain any relevant new skills while you were a parent, but this isn’t the case. From time management to dealing with conflicts, working under pressure to organizational skills, stay-at-home parents will have gained a whole range of additions to their skill set. And many of these can be viewed as professional skills when you think about them.

Also, if you did anything, such as volunteer work while at home, highlight a little about this in your cover letter before adding it to your resume. Having volunteer experience shows that you are motivated, and you can list any skills you gained during it, from customer service to stock control. Remember those soft skills as well.

What Goes In a Cover Letter?

With a general view of what your cover letter should include, you can now move on to the basics you need to include. There are four main areas to work on, some of which are simple and straightforward.

Letter Basics

It is always worth remembering to cover the basics in your letter. From your full name to a phone number, the date the letter was sent, and your postal address, these letter basics can easily be forgotten. Make sure it is simple for a potential employer to find you and get back in touch with you. Add a greeting with the hiring manager’s name if you have it.

Strong Introduction Paragraph

A strong introduction on your cover letter is an essential start to the overall tone you’ll use in it. Remember to briefly mention your employment gap and talk about being enthusiastic about returning to the working world. Use any professional experience or relevant accomplishments as part of the intro to give a sample of your relevant abilities for the role.

Deal with the Employment Gap

Now go into details about your employment gap, talking about being a stay-at-home mother before showing you are a strong candidate by detailing those transferable skills. There are always things you do as a parent alongside your previous work experience that can highlight your suitability for the role. Show them why you’d be a great employee.

Focus on the parts of the most relevant role for the new job you are applying for. Remember to include a brief education section and highlight any notable certifications or qualifications for the position. Also, go into detail about your previous work history and what you did before being a parent if you have prior experience.

Conclusion and Sign Off

A simple conclusion reiterates why you are a good fit for the role, your passion for the job, and that you are keen to hear back from them. Sign off with ‘sincerely’ and your full name.

Stay-at-Home Mom Cover Letter Example

Here’s a basic example of the kind of thing you could create for your cover letter:

[Your first name] [your last name]

[Email address]

[Phone number]

Dear [Manager’s first and last name],

I’m writing to express my interest in [job title] at [company name], having seen the vacant advertised on [where you found the job posting]. I have [number of years] experience in [career field] and have spent the last [number of years] as a stay-at-home parent. I want to return to work and would love to join your team.

For the last [number of years], I have been a full-time parent to my [child/children]. During this time, I continued to develop my professional skills, such as [give examples and how you did this]. I also did voluntary work for [company] and honed my skills in [give skill details]. While being a parent, I also continued to learn about [industry] and ensured my skills were fresh and ready for the time I was prepared to return to work.

Before my time as a stay-at-home mom, I worked for [detail previous experience including role and responsibilities, dates, and other essential info].

The combination of my previous experience and the skills gained while being a mom means I can contribute to your company in the role of [job title]. I have the skills and knowledge to be an asset to your company. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to chatting with your more about [job title].

[full name]

Creating a Successful Cover Letter

Good luck with the job hunt! Creating a cover letter when you return to work doesn’t need to be as daunting as it might sound. Feel free to address the issue of being a full-time parent and show that you would be a great addition to the company’s workforce with your skills and experience.

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