Find Cover Letter Samples by Occupation / Career

This is an index page where you'll find cover letter samples grouped by occupation/career. There are also samples for students/new grads.

Another way to browse these letters: Find cover letter examples grouped according to how they were used. For example, sent to a hiring manager without knowing his name, sent to Human Resources, posted to a career website, and more.

Some of the cover letters are in hardcopy format; others are in email format. Most are letters that request a job interview and refer to attached resumes however you'll also find some that were used to follow up after an interview or phone call with an employer or recruiter.

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Here is our collection of cover letter samples by occupation/career.

Administrative Assistants and Support

Cover Letter Sample for an Administrative Assistant
This sample cover letter is written by a mom returning to work after 17 years of full-time parenting. Susan seeks a job as an administrative assistant, using the many organizational skills she honed as a mother of several children and as manager of a busy household.

Cover Letter Sample for Data Management
This cover letter to a Human Resources manager uses one of the best techniques for starting a cover letter: It refers to a mutual friend or associate in the first sentence. Dropping a name both grabs the reader's attention and serves as a recommendation. That's what the first sentence of this cover letter sample for data management achieves.

Cover Letter Example for Administrative Assistant
This cover letter example for an Administrative Assistant is for Sara, a full-time mother who wanted to return to work after spending 14 years raising her children and doing volunteer work. Notice how she used her letter to highlight her former career as an Administrative Assistant and to show how she maintained her office and organizational skills.

Email Cover Letter for Office Manager
Here's a cover letter email and matching resume sample that Laura wrote to find an office management job in the holistic health and beauty field. Notice how Laura uses some good writing techniques and email formatting to highlight her office management strengths and her passion for holistic health.

Cover Letter for Administrative Assistant
This is a cover letter by a mother re-entering the workforce after being a full-time parent for the last five years. She's now ready to get back to work as an administrative assistant. Kim couldn't find out the name of her reader, so she started her letter with "Dear Director." This is much better than "Dear Madam/Sir."

Cover Letter for a Form Processor
Job seekers are often puzzled about how to respond to a job posting that has very little information about the employer and the job being offered. Yet, you are expected to send a good cover letter and resume. Forest had that happen to him. He saw an ad in the newspaper that didn't give any info about the employer. Here's the cover letter he wrote in response to that ad.

Cover Letter for Paralegal
This cover letter example is short and to the point. Marilyn sent the letter to the Director of Human Resources of the firm where she wants to work. She could not find his name, so she settled on writing just "Dear Director." This is a much better approach than putting "To whom it may concern."

Cover Letter for Travel Agent
Here's a cover letter for Maria, a travel agent applying for a full-time position as travel director of a football team. She created it as a hardcopy letter and attached it to an email, along with her resume. Maria then copied the body of the letter (starting with "Dear Mr. Hankins") and pasted it into her email cover note to introduce her attached resume and cover letter.

Cover Letter Sample for an Administrative Professional
This sample cover letter was sent to Ms. Harriman, an external recruiter (a recruiter who works for a recruitment agency who may represent more than one company). The job seeker, Foster, is an Administrative Professional who is open to a range of job possibilities. By sending his resume to an external recruiter, he is casting a wide net in hopes that Ms. Harriman will respond with several job openings.

Sample Cover Letter for a University Administrative Assistant
When Greg asked me to review his cover letter sample, I pulled out my cover letter checklist and went to town. The review was easy because he had every single item taken care of. Take a look.

Business Management/Administration

Cover Letter Sample for Regional Sales Manager
Talk about a friendly cover letter sample that shows sales charisma! Check out this one by Don Black, a young man who wants to be Regional Sales Manager for Peet's Coffee and Tea. As you read his cover letter, notice how Don slips from his easy-going writing style into bullet points that hit the bottom line.

Cover Letter for Director of Operations
This cover letter sample for Director of Operations at a hardware company uses a strong conversational approach. Tim reveals enough details to entice the reader to open his attached resume without writing a long letter. He also asks his reader to keep his job search confidential.

Cover Letter for Golf Course Turf Management
This cover letter sample for golf course turf management holds a few mysteries that will likely intrigue the reader, entice him into reading the attached resume, and then call the job seeker in for a job interview. There's a reason for the mystery: "Alex" wants to conduct a confidential job search.

Cover Letter for Production-Line Manager
Check out this cover letter sample from a production-line manager who wants to work in emergency services. In this concise letter, Kramer makes it clear that he understands the need for streamlined functions in medical settings and he knows how to provide them. Notice that he starts his letter with "Dear Director" since he doesn't know the hiring manager's name.

Cover Letter for Contract Negotiator
In the following cover letter example, you'll see how Heather wrote a target message without knowing the manager's name. Instead of starting with "To whom it may concern" or "Dear Madam or Sir," Heather wrote "Dear Manager." In the first sentence, she grabs her reader's attention by talking about a hot-button issue her reader will relate to.

Cover Letter for Sales Analyst
Linda is sending her resume to an organization she'd like to work for. She knows quite a bit about the company and she's found a job opening to apply for at the firm. With that info, she wrote the following cover letter sample to present her qualifications for that exact job.

Cover Letter for Management Consultant
This cover letter sample shows the power of good research. Francis did some snooping around online and through her professional network to learn that Merk Howard Consulting is opening a branch in her hometown of Atlanta. She wants to be first in line for a job as a consultant at the firm, so she wrote this letter.

Follow-Up Email to an Employer in Computer Chip Development
In this email, Tony not only confirms the job interview by asking what time Mr. LeRoy wants to have the meeting, but he also sets the stage for it. He explains that he's going to bring some materials that are relevant to Mr. LeRoy's computer chip development company.

Follow-Up Cover Letter for COO of Data Management
This cover letter is Roger's first step toward a career change into a new industry. He's contacting someone he met at a casual event at a friend's house. It's a good example of how to seize an opportunity you find within your personal network and use it to advance your career.

Cover Letter for Retail Sales Management
This cover letter for a retail sales management position rings with sincerity. The job seeker knows the store manager's name but does not know him personally. This letter hopes to bridge that gap with an in-person meeting soon.

Construction/Real Estate

Cover Letter for Construction Project Manager
Eric is the former co-owner of a construction firm that closed due to the slow economy. He's now looking for a project manager position at another construction company โ€” one of his former competitors. He sent his resume along with this cover letter via email.

Cover Letter for Real Estate Appraiser
Marcus is making a career change from antique sales to real estate appraiser. This cover letter bridges his two careers and makes it easy for his reader to understand how she would benefit from having Marcus join her professional team.

Consulting

Email Cover Letter for Multimedia Consultant
Here's a cover email to a nonprofit that serves hearing impaired clients. When Christine saw that the organization had posted a job opening for a multimedia consultant, it struck a chord. Christine is hearing impaired and has a strong technical background.

Cover Letter for Insurance Claims Consultant
This is a concise follow-up email to a phone call Cyndy had with Mr. Percy, a hiring manager at an insurance agency where Cyndy would like to work. She sent it off early the next morning to remind Mr. Percy of what they had spoken about, as well as to send her resume.

Cover Letter for After-School Computer Consultant
Here's a cover letter written by a high school student named Scott. He's a computer whiz looking for part-time work. His mother's friend, Cynthia, told him about a woman who needs ongoing help with her home office computer. So Scott put together a short resume and wrote this friendly cover letter to introduce himself.

Cover Letter for Management Consultant
This cover letter sample shows the power of good research. Francis did some snooping around online and through her professional network to learn that Merk Howard Consulting is opening a branch in her hometown of Atlanta. She wants to be first in line for a job as a consultant at the firm, so she sends this letter.

Cover Letter for Outplacement Consultant
In this cover letter sample, the job seeker did not know the name of the hiring manager. He did some phone and online research but still could not come up with the right name. So he decided to say "Dear Director," which shows respect and avoids the dreaded "Dear Sir/Madam."

Customer Service

Cover Letter for Customer Service Rep
Here's a brief resume cover letter sample sent to a recruiter. Kenya is responding to a Help Wanted ad she found in the newspaper. The ad doesn't give the name of the employer, only a little information on the job opening for a customer service rep. Since Kenya doesn't know the name of the recruiter, she uses a general salutation.

Cover Letter for Customer Service Representative
Here's a cover letter sample by a new college grad who knows how to win people over with her use of words. She makes a play on her name, "Chase," in a way that draws you in and makes you feel like you're rooting for the winner of a race.

Cover Letter for Investor Services Representative
Lilly wants to be an Investor Services Representative. Her cover letter does an excellent job of bridging her previous experience in client/stockholder relations and her current job objective. This letter has a conversational style that reflects the interpersonal skills needed for Lilly's new job.

Creative Media

Email Cover Letter for Multimedia Consultant
Here's a cover email to a nonprofit that serves hearing impaired clients. When Christine saw that the organization had posted a job opening for a multimedia consultant, it struck a chord. Christine is hearing impaired and has a strong technical background.

Email Cover Letter for Website Designer
Kristen saw a job on Craigslist that she wants to apply for. The job is for a website designer, which is right up her alley. And the company is small, which is also the kind of friendly environment Kristen wants to work in. She sent a somewhat casual email cover letter with her resume attached.

Cover Letter for TV Host
Sometimes you meet someone at a networking event or other social setting and he or she says, "Send me your resume." That's when you need a good follow-up cover letter to use as an email with your resume attached. In Paula's case, she had a casual phone conversation with John that led to this cover letter after the phone call.

Cover Letter for Graphic Designer
This cover letter email does three things for Tina, who is a server at Joe's Coffee Company. Tina wants a promotion to graphic designer in Joe's Marketing Department. Here's what she achieves with her email: Tina thanks the hiring manager for his recent phone call about the career move she has in mind.

Driver

Cover Letter for a Driver
After doing some research, Andrew found a company that was a perfect match for his qualifications as a long-distance truck driver. He went to the company's website, entered his information on the Careers page, and uploaded his resume. Then he wrote the following cover letter and uploaded it into the field of the online application for "Cover Letter."

Executive

Cover Letter Sample for Director of Operations
This cover letter sample for Director of Operations at a hardware company uses a strong conversational approach. Tim reveals enough details to entice the reader to open his attached resume without writing a long letter.

Cover Letter Sample for Vice President of Sales
Here's a sample cover letter for an experienced sales/marketing professional, Marie, who is sending her resume to an IT firm. The job she seeks is Vice President of Sales. Marie is currently unemployed, a fact that she is hoping will play in her favor since the employer is in dire need of filling the VP of Sales position at his firm.

Cover Letter for Executive Marketing Position
Harry is a Marketing professional who has over six years of experience in product management for well-known companies. Although he doesn't have experience in pharmaceutical marketing, he feels certain his transferable skills and experience will give him the insight it takes to turn around Pharmtech's declining sales.

Follow-Up Cover Letter for COO of Data Management
This cover letter is Roger's first step toward a career change into a new industry. He's contacting someone he met at a casual event at a friend's house. It's a good example of how to seize an opportunity you find within your personal network and use it to advance your career.

Cover Letter for IT Executive Management
This Executive Manager is looking for a new position in IT or a related field. She used the following cover letter to contact an external recruiter for help with her job search. Although she doesn't know the recruiter personally, she is able to establish a connection with him by referring to a mutual contact in the first sentence. Dropping a name like this in a cover letter is a great way to grab the reader's attention and gain credibility from the start.

Finance/Accounting

Cover Letter for Alternate Strategies Analyst
This cover letter sample to a recruiter for an Alternate Strategies Analyst goes with one of our resume examples: Chronological Resume Sample: Alternate Strategies Analyst. Here are a few things to note about this letter...

Cover Letter for Controller
This cover letter sample was written in response to a newspaper ad. It could easily be adapted for responding to an online job post. Hal did a little research to discover that the name of the President and CEO at BEST Trucking is James Johnson. Having that piece of information, he wrote this letter.

Cover Letter for Insurance Claims Consultant
This is a concise follow-up email to a phone call Cyndy had with Mr. Percy, a hiring manager at an insurance agency where Cyndy would like to work. She sent it off early the next morning to remind Mr. Percy of what they had spoken about, as well as to send her resume.

Cover Letter for Sales Analyst
Linda is sending her resume to an organization she'd like to work for. She knows quite a bit about the company and she's found a job opening to apply for at the firm. With that info, she wrote the following cover letter sample to present her qualifications for that exact job.

Resume Cover Letter for a Resume Job Board
In addition to applying to individual companies, Suzanne posted her resume on Monster.com, hoping to be found by recruiters searching the thousands of resumes on that site. Because keywords are so important to getting found, Suzanne included as many financial terms as possible in her online cover note so the database search engine would find her resume for a job in the financial services industry.

Cover Letter for Investor Services Representative
Lilly wants to be an Investor Services Representative. Her cover letter does an excellent job of bridging her previous experience in client/stockholder relations and her current job objective. This letter has a conversational style that reflects the interpersonal skills needed for Lilly's new job.

Cover Letter for an Entry-Level Job
I'm always pushing job seekers to use a relaxed tone in their cover letters. But sometimes a formal cover letter is the right way to go. This is one of those times.

Cover Letter to a Recruiter for an Audit Associate
Take a look at this cover letter sample for an Audit Associate. It's written in response to a recruiter's job posting, which didn't give the employer's name. Notice how Fran did a great job of showing enthusiasm for the job, despite the lack of info about who she would be working for.

Cover Letter Sample for Payroll/Human Resources Professional
Laurie sent me the following example of a cover letter that she wrote using her master cover letter template. Each time she uses the template to apply for a payroll / human resources job, she tailors it for the employer she's sending it to. Very smart!

Sample Cover Letter for a Financial Editor
This sample cover letter is for Roger, a Financial Editor who is looking for a contractual job for a financial news publication. He is responding via email to a job posting. We also have Roger's matching resume: Chronological Resume Example: Financial Editor.

Healthcare

Cover Letter for a Community Health Educator
Frank wrote this cover letter for a Community Health Educator job at the Albany Public Health Department. By sending his resume and cover letter to his colleague at the department, he gets a leg up on his competition and is able to weave in a few friendly comments.

Cover Letter for a Dental Student
Linda is a first-year dental student who is looking for a job as a dental hygienist at a dental clinic. Her cover letter is brief and to the point since the basics of her dental schooling are well known to the Human Resources Director who will be reading her resume and cover letter.

Human Resources

Cover Letter for Employee Trainer
Mitchell is using the following cover letter (and resume) to follow up on a phone call he had with someone in his professional network, Carol Pilsner. Carol is the Director of Human Resources at a company Mitchell would like to work for. The good news is that Carol has a job opening and she wants...more ยป

Cover Letter for Trainer
This cover letter sample for a Trainer uses three very good techniques: It addresses the hiring manager by name (Dear Mr. LaPuenta). It refers to someone both the job seeker and Mr. LaPuenta know (Camille Parker). It lists the requirements in the job posting (under YOU WANT), followed by a strong list of Maria's matching qualifications.

Email Cover Letter for Employee Training
This is Mitchell's second email cover letter in this collection. For each of his emails he attached his resume for employee training. Take a look at both of Mitchell's cover letters to see how he took a slightly different approach with each one.

Cover Letter for Payroll/Human Resources Professional
Laurie sent me the following example of a cover letter that she wrote using her master cover letter template. Each time she uses the template to apply for a payroll / human resources job, she tailors it for the employer she's sending it to. Very smart!

Cover Letter for Outplacement Consultant
In this cover letter sample, the job seeker did not know the name of the hiring manager. He did some phone and online research but still could not come up with the right name. So he decided to say "Dear Director," which shows respect and avoids the dreaded "Dear Sir/Madam."

Cover Letter for Employee Trainer
Mitchell is using the following cover letter (and resume) to follow up on a phone call he had with someone in his professional network, Carol Pilsner. Carol is the Director of Human Resources at a company Mitchell would like to work for. The good news is that Carol has a job opening and she wants Mitchell to apply for it.

Cover Letter Example for a Human Resources Job
There are many things I like about this cover letter example for a Human Resources job. I also have some thoughts about how to make it better. Take a look at the letter that Liz wrote, then see my version, which has a few changes.

Inventory/Warehouse

Cover Letter Sample for Distribution/Warehouse Associate
Here's a cover letter sample that uses one of my favorite techniques: the "call and response." It's hard to miss but I'll point it out anyway. In the body of the letter, Ricardo (not his real name) has two groups of bullet point statements.

Legal

Cover Letter for Paralegal
This cover letter example is short and to the point. Marilyn sent the letter to the Director of Human Resources of the firm where she wants to work. She could not find his name, so she settled on writing just "Dear Director." This is a much better approach than putting "To whom it may concern."

Marketing

Cover Letter Sample for Marketing Coordinator
This cover letter sample for a Marketing Coordinator is sent to the hiring manager of Pretty Darn Smart, an educational software company. It is far from a form letter! It shows a clear intent to work for that company specifically.

Cover Letter for Executive Marketing Position
Harry is a Marketing professional who has over six years of experience in product management for well-known companies (see his resume for Marketing and Product Management). Although he doesn't have experience in pharmaceutical marketing, he feels certain his transferable skills and experience will give him the insight it takes to turn around Pharmtech's declining sales.

Cover Letter for Marketing Director
Regina shows her marketing talents in the content of this cover letter sample for the new Director of Marketing at Household Paints. She begins by offering some research results and quickly uses that info to present how she would like to create a new marketing campaign for the company.

Cover Letter for Regional Marketing Representative
This cover letter for regional marketing representative is sent directly to the Director of Marketing at Walt Disney Travel. The job seeker, Bill, did his homework of learning the director's name, which helped his letter establish a personal connection right from the start.

Nonprofit

Cover Letter for Development Director
Here's a cover letter for a Development Director for a nonprofit. Louise addresses her letter to the hiring manager by name because she knows him through her volunteer and professional network. Notice how Louise's letter starts with a quote that represents her professional philosophy for effective grant proposal writing.

Email Cover Letter for Docent
Bruce wants to work at the Exploratorium as a docent. He sends this email cover letter to entice the reader to download his attached resume. A big part of why this email cover letter works is that in just a few short lines, Bruce reveals his humor and personality, which are key to being a good docent.

Cover Letter for Nonprofit Support Position
Thought bullet points were only for resume formatting? Not at all. Bullet points are great for cover letters, too. They can do wonders when you have a lot to say but don't want your reader to be turned off by dense text. Take a look at Ann's letter for a support position in a nonprofit.

Cover Letter for a University Administrative Assistant
When Greg asked me to review his cover letter sample, I pulled out my cover letter checklist and went to town. The review was easy because he had every single item taken care of. Take a look.

Project Manager

Cover Letter for Construction Project Manager
Eric is the former co-owner of a construction firm that closed due to the slow economy. He's now looking for a project manager position at another construction company โ€” one of his former competitors. He sent his resume along with this cover letter via email.

Cover Letter for Project Manager for Airline
Here's a sample cover letter for a special type of job search: Anna wants to work for the same airline at the same airport she worked at six years ago. There's a new hiring manager now so she has to sell herself all over again, using her strong resume and cover letter.

Promotions

Cover Letter for Event Coordinator
Gary is a PR professional who has experience in event planning. With this cover letter and resume he is applying for a job as an event coordinator. Of course, if he applies for a different job (for example, Marketing Associate), he will use a different cover letter that targets the new job and the new employer.

Follow-Up Letter for Event Planner
With this follow-up letter, Cindy is reconnecting with Ms. Winters, someone she met a few years ago. Cindy is not asking Ms. Winters for a job. She's thinking about making a career change from florist to event planner. She's asking for an informational interview to get insight into event planning, which is Ms. Winters' profession.

Sales

Cover Letter Sample for Regional Sales Manager
Talk about a friendly cover letter sample that shows sales charisma! Check out this one by Don Black, a young man who wants to be Regional Sales Manager for Peet's Coffee and Tea. As you read his cover letter, notice how Don slips from his easy-going writing style into bullet points that hit the bottom line.

Cover Letter Sample for Vice President of Sales
Here's a sample cover letter for an experienced sales/marketing professional, Marie, who is sending her resume to an IT firm. The job she seeks is Vice President of Sales. Marie is currently unemployed, a fact that she is hoping will play in her favor since the employer is in dire need of filling the VP of Sales position at his firm.

Cover Letter for Senior Sales Account Executive
This cover letter sample is so compelling, I can't imagine that the employer would not want to interview and hire this job seeker. Anja hits every bottom line and emotional button in the book, showing off her good sales skills in the process.

Cover Letter for Retail Sales
Here's a cover letter sample for Frank, a high school student who wants to work at his neighborhood music store. Makes sense. He loves music, he can talk shop with the store's customers, and he's a people-person. He knows the general manager by name, so he wrote a somewhat personal letter to Mr. Hedgeland.

Cover Letter for Contract Negotiator
In the following cover letter example, you'll see how Heather wrote a target message without knowing the manager's name. Instead of starting with "To whom it may concern" or "Dear Madam or Sir," Heather wrote "Dear Manager." In the first sentence, she grabs her reader's attention by talking about a hot-button issue he or she will relate to.

Cover Letter for Junior Sales Associate
Here's a very short cover letter that wins your heart. Why? Because this student has a child-like approach to getting a job: He loves skating and he wants a job selling skates. Andrew's resume does all the heavy lifting, with details about his after-school jobs and his skating achievements.

Cover Letter for Sales Analyst
Linda is sending her resume to an organization she'd like to work for. She knows quite a bit about the company and she's found a job opening to apply for at the firm. With that info, she wrote the following cover letter sample to present her qualifications for that exact job.

Cover Letter for Sales Position
Mike wrote this really friendly "sales" letter to go along with the sales resume he submitted to HighTech International. He doesn't know the sales manager's name so he addresses his letter, "Dear Manager." The rest of his letter is full of personality and adventure. It's pretty clear that an interview with Mike would not be boring.

Cover Letter for Catering Sales Manager
As you can see from this friendly and confident cover letter, Peter is a natural for a management role in the hotel business. He wants to offer Hotel Crowne his skills as manager of catering sales.

Cover Letter for Retail Sales Management
This cover letter for a retail sales management position rings with sincerity. The job seeker knows the store manager's name but does not know him personally. This letter hopes to bridge that gap with an in-person meeting soon.

Follow-Up Email to Hiring Manager in Sporting Goods Sales
Brian emailed his sales resume to the manager of a sporting goods store. Later that week the manager replied that she was impressed by his resume and wanted to interview him. Brian sent this follow-up email to confirm.

Follow-Up Email for Sales Account Manager Job
Serena posted her resume (see Sample Resume for Account Manager in Sales / Marketing) on monster.com with the hope of getting a sales account manager job. After several weeks, she got an email from a recruiter who saw her posted resume. The recruiter said he wanted to talk with Serena about a job in sales, but didn't reveal the name of the employer he represents.

Follow-Up Email to a Recruiter for Sales Job
This is an email sent to a recruiter to follow up on the recruiter's request for a telephone interview. Allen's email message could have been really short with just a confirmation that he's available for an interview. But Allen took this as an opportunity to make a plug for the sales job he's applying for.

Email Cover Letter for Medical Sales Associate
The following email cover letter is a brief intro to Sarah's attached resume (see Resume Example: Medical / Pharmaceutical Sales) and cover letter. Sarah knows her email cover has to be good, and it needs to be concise. Recruiters are busy people. So she makes her email quick to read by inserting dash points that show how she is different from the average medical sales person.

Cover Letter for Sales and Business Development
Several months ago a job seeker sent me a pretty gutsy cover letter sample for a Sales and Business Development job. He asked for my feedback. Well, the letter was so good and so different that I wanted to share it here.

Cover Letter for Advertising Account Manager
From the first sentence to the last, this cover letter sample for an Advertising Account Manager is engaging. Tim uses a natural writing style to draw his reader in and sell himself for the job. Although it's long, I read every word of it and I think a hiring manager will too.

Science

Cover Letter for Environmental Scientist
A colleague told Franco about a job opening for an environmental scientist at a research center in California. Franco is very interested, even though it would mean relocating from France if he got the job offer. The colleague told Franco he could drop his name in the cover letter, so Franco decided to do just that.

Social Science

Cover Letter to High School Counselor Internship
Here's a cover letter sample written by Anne, a college student who is applying for a school counselor internship to fulfill one of the requirements for her Master's degree program. It is her hope that this internship will lead to a full-time position somewhere in the school district after she graduates.

Cover Letter for a Women's Clinic Advocate/Counselor
Lisa wants to work for a women's clinic as an advocate or counselor. She wrote this feisty cover letter, filled with the passion that makes her good at helping women make difficult choices. Her letter serves as an intro to her attached resume and as an example of how she will approach her job working with women.

Teaching/Training

Cover Letter for a Community Health Educator
Frank wrote this cover letter for a Community Health Educator job at the Albany Public Health Department. By sending his resume and cover letter to his colleague at the department, he gets a leg up on his competition and is able to weave in a few friendly comments.

Cover Letter for Employee Trainer
Mitchell is using this cover letter (and resume) to follow up on a phone call he had with someone in his professional network, Carol Pilsner. Carol is the Director of Human Resources at a company Mitchell would like to work for. The good news is that Carol has a job opening and she wants to hire Mitchell.

Cover Letter for Trainer
This cover letter sample for a Trainer uses three very good techniques: It addresses the hiring manager by name (Dear Mr. LaPuenta). It refers to someone both the job seeker and Mr. LaPuenta know (Camille Parker). It lists the requirements in the job posting (under YOU WANT), followed by a strong list of Maria's matching qualifications.

Cover Letter for Nursery School Teacher
Here's a cover letter sample for a nursery school teacher who is fresh out of school. With her new childcare credential, Belinda is ready to get to work. Notice how she says that she's open to any role that the school's Human Resources director needs to fill. This hardcopy letter would also work well as a cover email.

Email Cover Letter for Docent
Bruce wants to work at the Exploratorium as a docent. He sends this email cover letter to entice the reader to download his attached resume. A big part of why this email cover letter works is that in just a few short lines, Bruce reveals his humor and personality, which are key to being a good docent.

Technical

Cover Letter Sample to LinkedIn Contact for Director, IT Management
This cover letter sample for a position as Director of IT Management was sent to one of Nayla's LinkedIn contacts who is seeking a professional to fill that position in his company.

Cover Letter for CAD Designer
This is both a cover letter and a follow-up to a previous meeting. We can see that Pat and the manager must have hit it off when they met at a conference. This follow-up is friendly and refers to things they spoke about earlier. It also suggests things they might talk about in the future. at a second job interview.

Email Cover Letter for Website Designer
Kristen saw a job on Craigslist that she wants to apply for. The job is for a website designer, which is right up her alley. And the company is small, which is also the kind of friendly environment Kristen wants to work in. She sent this somewhat casual email cover letter with her resume attached.

Cover Letter for After-School Computer Consultant
Here's a cover letter written by a high school student named Scott. He's a computer whiz looking for part-time work. His mother's friend, Cynthia, told him about a woman who needs ongoing help with her home office computer. So Scott put together a short resume and wrote this friendly cover letter to introduce himself.

Cover Letter for IT Executive Management
This Executive Manager is looking for a new position in IT or a related field. She used the following cover letter to contact an external recruiter for help with her job search. Although she doesn't know the recruiter personally, she is able to establish a connection with him by referring to a mutual contact in the first sentence. Dropping a name like this in a cover letter is a great way to grab the reader's attention and gain credibility from the start.

Follow-Up Email Cover Letter for IT Position
Often a job application for an IT or other technical job doesn't require a formal cover letter. A brief cover email such as one like this may be all you need to introduce your attached resume.

Cover Letter Email for Software Engineer
Charles sent this cover letter email along with his attached resume to Ms. Jenkins, an IT recruiter. What I like most about this letter is that it breaks two conventional cover letter "rules." By breaking (or bending) these rules, Charles sets himself apart (in a good way) from his competition and pretty much guarantees the recruiter will download and read his resume.

Cover Letter for IT Professional
Sometimes a cover letter will make me sit up straight and say, "Wow, this is different โ€” in a good way!" That's the case for this professional cover letter sample, sent to me by one of our readers. Take a look at it, and then see my revised version.

Travel

Cover Letter for Regional Marketing Representative
This cover letter for regional marketing representative is sent directly to the Director of Marketing at Walt Disney Travel. The job seeker, Bill, did his homework of learning the director's name, which helped his letter establish a personal connection right from the start.

Cover Letter for Travel Agent
This is a cover letter for Maria, a travel agent applying for a full-time position as travel director of a football team. She created it as a hardcopy letter and attached it to an email, along with her resume. Maria then copied the body of the letter (starting with "Dear Mr. Hankins") and pasted it into her email cover note to introduce her attached resume and cover letter.

Writing/Editing

Sample Cover Letter for a Financial Editor
This sample cover letter is for Roger, a Financial Editor who is looking for a contractual job for a financial news publication. He is responding via email to a job posting. We also have Roger's matching resume: Chronological Resume Example: Financial Editor.

Cover Letter for Freelance Writer/Editor
Lucy is asking for a job as freelance writer/editor for Amber Press. Her special interest is in working on the press's children's projects. She sends this hardcopy letter, along with her resume, after seeing a job posting in a newspaper. She could have sent this note as an email message with her resume attached.

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