Cover Letter Template for a Job Reference Sheet

Let's say you have a job interview that goes really well. At the end of the interview, the employer asks you for references. Uh oh! You forgot to bring your job reference sheet! No problem. You promise to send it as soon as you get home. It would have been nice to have had the...more »

3 Tips for Using a Cover Letter Template to Get Job Results

Many employers say a good cover letter can really increase your chances of getting your resume read. I believe a good cover letter template can help create that good letter (or email). So I'd like to give you my three tips for using a cover letter template to get the kind of job search results...more »

The 3-Point Cover Letter Template

It's a bit of a balancing act. You want to say enough but not too much in your cover letter. Most people say too much. Here's a solution: Use my 3-point cover letter template. No More Rambling Cover Letters I've noticed many job seekers have trouble keeping their cover letters short and targeted. It's almost...more »

Sample Military Cover Letter to Say When You Can Start Work

"Start your civilian job search early!" That's the advice folks get about a year before they exit the military. But if you send out a resume months before you exit, how do you say you can't start work right away? Don (not his real name) wrote in with that question. So I wrote a sample...more »

Writing an E-Mail Cover Letter Template

A job seeker wrote me to say that he needed help writing an e-mail cover letter template he could use for his job search. I took a look at what he had, and gave him some ideas to improve it. See if there's one or two tips from my rewrite that you can use for...more »

Let's See Your Best Cover Letter! Cover Letter Samples

Reading cover letter samples is a great way to learn how to write a good one for your job search. That's why I invited readers to post their best cover letters — so that we all learn what works... and what doesn't. Jump to the 14 Best Cover Letter Samples from this group of 40+ letters. Also see...more »

Fill-in-the-Blank Cover Letter Template for College Graduate

Usually I recommend keeping a cover letter short, especially a cover letter for a college graduate who is just starting her career. So I was interested when Maria (not her real name) sent me the following fill-in-the-blank cover letter template she created for various job applications. Maria "broke" a few of my cover letter guidelines....more »

Is This Cheating? A Free Sample Cover Letter Template

I've heard several college career counselors tell students it's cheating to use a free sample cover letter template, and "if you use one you won't learn how to write a letter yourself." Do you think so? I don't! Avoid Brain Freeze There's something about staring at a blank page that's just plain discouraging! For some...more »