50 Cover Letter Examples

There are 50 cover letter examples in this section. 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.

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.

Browsing Cover Letter Examples

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

19 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

16 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

10 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

10 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

5 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

6 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

6 sample cover letters
How to write to a recruiter and introduce your resume for a job or type of job the recruiter represents.

Wondering why the sum of all these groups is more than 50? It's because some cover letter samples fit into more than one group.

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.