A great resume will get you not-rejected, a great cover letter will get you hired. - DHH, Founder of Basecamp
The cover letter. Not since the resume have words struck so much confusion and fear into the hearts of job seekers. The cover letter is for some employers, more important than the resume. It is the other half of the 1-2 punch of the resume/cover letter combination.
That’s why we(VisualCV) have included our best cover letter examples below for you to submit with your cv, email or resume. We recently updated our examples for 2017 so whether your looking for a cover letter example for a job application or for an internship, our examples can be adapted for your particluar situation.
We’re hoping to add more categories such as examples for students, engineering, interns, retail, customer service, nursing, teachers, sales and receptionists but our existing examples below should help a lot with crafting the perfect cover letter.
A cover letter isn’t black magic - it is writing a few paragraphs that tell an employer exactly why you are the right person for the job.
The formal cover letter - A PDF attached to the job application with a classic 4 paragraph layout - is quickly becoming obsolete. However, it is being replaced by the “introductory email.” A short note explaining to the hiring manager or recruiter why you are the perfect fit. I use the term cover letter interchangeably with introductory email in this article.
A good cover letter is a marketing pitch - it draws the reader in, and encourages them to read more. We’ve compiled all of the best cover letters on the internet and from our own personal network.
Copying these cover letters will not be effective for you. A cover letter/intro email is a personal document that depends on the employer, the target contact, and your own skillset. If you’re a very qualified candidate - a short sentence can suffice. If you’re a young, ambitious recent graduate - you might need more real estate to sell yourself.
We have compiled various examples below that you can use as inspiration for your next cover letter.
Design cover letters
Design cover letters should focus on the things that matter most when it comes to design. Namely, the designs. However, a good designer needs to communicate well as they will be working with different members of company teams, or external clients. Design cover letters should also of course link to an online portfolio or project that shows their skill. Here are some great examples of design cover letters.
Cover letter for a product designer at Crew
This is a perfect introductory email. It takes the tone of the job post in question, and matches the company vibe. It then outlines Luke’s passion for the position, and that he studies his craft extensively. He also includes links to his online portfolio/resume. You can view the full cover letter, and more examples at the blog post by Michael Cho of Crew at the following blog post: Why I didn’t look at your resume.
Cover letter for a design director at 37 Signals
This cover letter matches 37 Signals Philosophy nicely. It explains Jamie’s beliefs about design, and why he is unique compared to other designers. He also made a sample work project to share with the team. You can view the full cover letter at the following link.
Cover letter for a graphic designer at 37 Signals
This online cover letter has a nice balance of explaining who Jason is, what he know about the company (and why he is passionate about working for them), and his skills. The full letter can be found here.
Customer support cover letters
The key to a customer support role is a great personality and communication skills. The cover letter is an opportunity to first express those communication skills to your next employer. Note that these letters vary in tone, from professional to more casual. The applicant must make the judgement call based on what they know about the company.
Cover letter for a customer happiness concierge
Marlee’s cover letter gets the tone right - you can tell she is a happy, personable, and effective person. She outlines why her past experience makes her a great fit for the job, and her personal habits that will ensure her success in the role. The full cover letter can be found here.
Cover letter for a Director of Customer Care
This is an expert from a blog post from the CEO at LiveStream, who said it was the best cover letter he has ever received. It is funny, honest, and confident. Note the applicant takes a few risks with the language and tone - but clearly understands his audience. You can read the full cover letter (along with the job description), at this link.
Cover letter for customer support
This cover letter gets to the point, and shows deep understanding of what a customer support role is. As it clearly states, “customers want to communicate with a human” - it is clear there is a human behind this letter. View the full letter here.
Cover letter for customer support
Jason clearly shows his writing skills and passion for the job in this cover letter.
Cover letters for community management positions must understand what a community manager role is. To be a successful community manager, one must be a great communicator, an enthusiastic personality, and a dialed-in social media guru. Here are the best examples of community manager cover letters we found.
Cover letter for a community manager
The tone perfectly matches the company that Joanne is applying for. It outlines her enthusiasm, passion, and how her past experience applies to the job.
Cover letter for a web developer
This cover letter shows that an effective introductory email doesn’t have to be long. It efficiently lays out the skills that Thomas has, and piques the company’s interest about what he can bring to the table. In a hot market for engineers, this is enough to get the interview. It is also from Mikael’s article.
Cover letter for a front-end developer
This cover letter is also for Mikael Cho’s company, Crew . It emphasizes links to Dan’s portfolio and best work - very important for a web developer.
Cover letter for a marketing position at google
For creative positions, a creative cover letter is necessary. This cover letter mirrored the marketing materials at Google, and got the interview. View the full article here.
Sales & business development
Cover letter for a business development/product specialist
Rodolphe shows how persistence and hard work can convince an employer to hire you in this cover letter to work at Buffer - a fast growing social media management platform. The full exchange is worth reading on the Buffer Blog.
Cover letter for a sales coordinator
This cover letter for a sales coordinator position is closer to a traditional cover letter than the other examples. It does a fine job of outlining experience and passion for the job. View a full before-and-after analysis of this cover letter on the Ask a Manager Blog.
Remember, the key to a good cover letter is personalization. You must market to your audience. Do the research, write well - and go get hired!
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Email Cover Letter
An email cover letter has to grab the reader's attention quickly in order to be effective. In-boxes are full of emails that need to be read so get across your main points promptly and powerfully.
Quickly convince the reader of your suitability for the job opportunity by using a powerful subject line in your email.
This will make the difference between getting your resume read or relegated to the database. Avoid bland subject lines such as Joe Black's Resume.
Get the employer's attention by following these simple steps.
How to get the reader's attention
- a subject line which is factual and persuasive - include the job title and job posting number and a selling point - "Job #4536 Bookkeeper - 8 years with Fortune 500 company"
- clearly state your purpose in the first couple of sentences
- summarize your strengths, skills and expertise as they relatedirectly to the job opportunity
- persuade the reader to continue on to your resume
- use an easy-to-read font and keep the formatting simple
- proofread and spell check your message
- keep your email cover letter to one screen view
Email Cover Letter - Sample 1
Subject Line: Sales Associate Job #1234 - 10 Years Experience
Dear Mr Green
I read with enthusiasm your opening for a Sales Associate on XYZ site. I am confident that my 10 years experience as a sales professional in ABC industry with a successful track record of meeting and exceeding sales objectives makes me an excellent match for this position.
Detailed on my attached resume you will find that over the last X years I generated more than $X in sales and achieved an average of X% sales growth. My experience in new and key account acquisition, new territory development and the planning and implementation of customer loyalty strategies will contribute to the success of DEF Corporation.
My resume demonstrates that I am well qualified to lead the entire sales cycle management process from client consultations and needs assessment through demonstrations, negotiations and final sales closings.
I believe that I will be a valuable asset to your team if given this opportunity and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Subject Line: Legal Secretary Job #S123 - 6 Years at Top Law Firm
Dear Ms Drone
I am responding with enthusiasm to your job posting on XYZ.com for a legal secretary. I believe my extensive experience and skills in this field are an excellent match for the job.
The attached resume demonstrates my competence to interact capably with clients from point of referral, efficiently draft and process legal documents and correspondence, co-ordinate multiple case loads and assist with complex case preparation.
I am a motivated and hard working professional with solid legal practice skills and knowledge and a reputation for accurately and efficiently meeting strict deadlines in a challenging environment.
I would welcome the opportunity to learn more about the position and find out how I can contribute to the success of your firm.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Find a full list of cover letter samples for different jobs. Adapt these for your own use.
Basic Cover Letter
Cold Contact Email Cover Letter
Should I submit an email cover letter if the posting only asks for a resume?
You can copy and paste your cover letter into the body of the email as your message and include your resume as an attachment.
Keep your cover letter short and simple as the reader will not want to invest a lot of time in going through your email. It is better to include a brief cover letter as an introduction rather than simply stating "I have attached my resume for your consideration".
How should an email cover letter be sent?
If you are responding to an advertisement make sure you follow the employer's instructions on submitting your cover letter and resume.
If you are asked to include your letter and resume as an attachment use MS Word or Adobe. Avoid HTML as the email the employer uses may not be able to open this.
If they ask for the email cover letter and resume to be included in the message and not an attachment, copy and paste them into the body of your email.
A good tip is to send the email to someone you know first to check that your formatting works properly.
If it looks fine then you can send it to the employer.
Should I address the cover letter to an individual?
It is always better to address correspondence to a name rather than a title. Job postings often don't list the name of the person to contact and only give an email address.
Do a bit of research to find out the name of the person receiving the emails. For example firstname.lastname@example.org indicates the name of the company is Bakers Biscuits and the clue for the contact person is "mardev".
For example, you notice that there is a Mary Devon who is Head of Human Resources. This is your contact person and you can begin your email message with Dear Ms Devon. Immediately you stand out from the crowd.
When should I follow up on my submission?
It is important to find out the status of your job application. If the job posting does not have a close date you can wait about a week after sending your resume before following up.
If there is a close date then wait for about a week after that date before following up. For tips and help on resume follow up, plus a sample follow up email.
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