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Cover Letter Examples and
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Accounting & Finance Cover Letter Examples

Have a gig in finance or accounting? Want to move up the ladder? See our sample cover letters to get you there.

Creative & Cultural Fields Cover Letter Examples

A cover letter can often speak volumes, sometimes even more than your portfolio. Dive into our collection of creative cover letter examples and ignite your inspiration.

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You need the right blueprint to craft your own cover letter. With our sample cover letters, you'll have the building block to finish yours quickly.

Engineering & Scientific Cover Letter Examples

Engineers too, require a compelling cover letter. Discover top-notch cover letter samples tailored for engineering and science professions, and fuel your career trajectory.

Food Service Cover Letter Examples

To have the crème de la crème of cover letters for the food service industry, use our cover letter examples as the perfect recipe to get you there.

Government and NGOs Cover Letter Examples

Elevate your cover letter to presidential standards with our cover letter examples tailored specifically for governmental or NGO job applications.

Hospitality Travel & Transportation Cover Letter Examples

Don’t take the hard road when crafting your cover letter—use our transportation and hospitality industry sample cover letters to get your profile revved up.

Information Technology (IT) Cover Letter Examples

You code Java in your sleep but come up on the zero binary end when writing a cover letter. Use a perfect cover letter sample for your job, and you'll be done in no time.

Law Enforcement & Emergency Services Cover Letter Examples

Give the Chief probable cause to read your resume. These professional law enforcement and emergency services cover letter examples will show them why you're the best choice

Management & Leadership Cover Letter Examples

You're a natural leader, adept at leveraging expert advice. Amplify your potential with our top-notch cover letter examples for management and leadership positions, designed to guarantee your success.

Media and Entertainment Cover Letter Examples

Whether you craft compelling copy, take two on television, or report rumors and revelations, you know how to send a message. Show you're the best fit for the job with inspiration from our media examples of a cover letter.

Manufacturing & Warehousing Cover Letter Examples

Prove you've got the right skills in stock using our expedited cover letter examples for warehousing and manufacturing.

Office & Administrative Cover Letter Examples

Any organization without you is like a car with no engine. These example cover letters will help you make it clear to employers you are that missing part.—show them how with a great office & administrative cover letter.

Retail & Customer Service Cover Letter Examples

We believe in delivering on our promises, just like you do for your customers. That's why our meticulously crafted customer service cover letter examples are designed to help you land that coveted job.

Sales & Marketing Cover Letter Examples

You know sales isn't about manipulating—it's about offering a solution to a problem. Our sample cover letter for sales jobs do just that.

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Examples of Cover Letter Templates


Dear Mr. Portis,

When I found the opening for the Account position with Kaiser Permanente, I felt as if it was addressed to me. In my current position as Junior Accountant at the Pasadena Unified School District, I’ve managed a monthly bank reconciliation of over $400,000. I’m sure I can use my expertise at Kaiser Permanente.

In my current position as a Junior Accountant with the Pasadena Unified School District, my key challenge has been planning an annual budget and updating monthly forecasts. Here are some of my recent results:

  • SAP implementation including creation of general ledger chart of accounts and data testing.
  • Streamlined analysis and reporting processes to support company directives.
  • Ensured all departmental invoices were correctly coded and documented for payment within the period. Worked with vendors to ensure all invoices were paid on a timely basis.

I know that Kaiser Permanente’s current plans involve moving to in-house accounting. It would be an exciting opportunity for me to use my skills to develop this project.

Can we schedule a meeting to discuss my solutions for helping Kaiser Permanente have proper in-house accounting?


Dieter Bender

General cover letter example

General Cover Letter

A good cover letter is a personalized cover letter. Getting everything right takes time…and you need to submit your application right this second. Use this cover letter sample to create unique cover letters fast and easy—no matter if you need two or 20 versions.

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Dear Mr. Scotten,

I'm so excited to apply for the IT Project Manager position at Weniger Aerospace.

At A/G Systems, I saved 10 meeting hours a week for 20 engineers. I did it by automating our program requirements management with Oracle Primavera. At $90 an hour, that’s $864,000 saved per year. I'm proud of that—not least because my title wasn't "IT PMP" but "Program Administrator." Transitioning to 100% IT PMP at Weniger would use my IT skills and passion to the full.

I know you're looking for an IT PMP with 5+ years of experience. I've spent 6 years creating robust IT systems with these achievements in the skill areas in your ad:

  • Customer Relationship Management. Worked directly with 200+ customers to integrate our software into daily workflows. Slashed complaints by 25%.
  • Trained, mentored, and on-boarded 15 new IT hires. Handled all new user training, cutting customer issues 30%. Gave software training to 12 business units nationwide.
  • Led project to develop custom ERP software, automating requirements-tracking from 20,000 customers and 150+ programs.
  • Wrote test scripts and coordinated testing through cross-functional teams. Expanded custom software to integrate with ERP. Slashed daily disruptions 50%.

I'm very interested in sharing how I can deliver IT PMP excellence at Weniger Aerospace. Can we schedule a call?

Best Regards,

Samantha Sunstein

PS—I'm also happy to explain how I used Oracle Primavera to automate project tracking, eliminating 120+ work-hours per year.

Cover letter example for career change

Career Change Cover Letter

Most people don’t do the same job for years, but career changers get the double-take. This sample letter will show you how to prove you have what it takes to start a new career. Convince the employer you’re the perfect candidate with help from this example.

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Dear Larissa,

I was so excited when my protein shake packaging design was shortlisted for an Adobe Design Achievement Award.

It was no accident. Design has been a passion of mine since I was ten. I treated the coursework for my B.A. in Design at UMass Boston as a jumping-off point. My classes lit the way, but I dug in deeper with:

  • Extensive extra-curricular reading of over 200 books on design, art, and business.
  • Conducting a weekly podcast with interviews of 100+ top designers (and 1500+ subscribers).
  • Freelance work on nights, weekends, and in the summers designing products for small money but with great return in terms of lesson learned.

When Dr. Stanhope suggested I apply for this internship, his reasoning was flawless. Paralith’s commitment to developing its interns far beyond mere clock-punching speaks directly to my voracious appetite for continued growth.

I would love to put my passion and skill to work for you. Can we schedule a call to discuss winning awards and accolades for Paralith?

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

Best regards,

Giovanna Darcy

Cover letter example for internship

Internship Cover Letter

Landing an internship is tough. Landing a placement that opens you up to great opportunities is even harder. This cover letter example will show you how to make the most of you skills, education, and attitude to win top companies over.

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Dear Mr. Bartz,

My name is Jean West, a junior at Greenville High Academy interested in becoming a public administrator in local government. I was thrilled to come across an opening for a Front Desk Clerk with the Greenville City Council. As the High School President and Model UN participant, I am a highly driven high school student who would help Greenville City Council’s administrative challenges.

I know the main duties for this position will be to maintain a professional relationship with visitors and answering multi-line phones and transferring calls to staff members. As the Student Body President, I’ve had to maintain a professional relationship with both students and staff, while being a representative for certain student body issues. We were able to introduce several new amendments to the student handbook and showed care and compassion to all students attending Greenville High Academy.

I am applying to the Greenville City Council specifically as a way to become more involved in local politics and further my professional growth in the field. This is why I’m so excited about this opening. I’d love the opportunity to be involved in local politics in a more fundamental way.

Can we schedule a call next week to discuss this position further?


Jean West

Cover letter example for student

Student Cover Letter

Your job search is a catch-22: you want to work, but haven’t done enough work to get hired. These cover letter examples will help you escape this vicious circle. Be yourself, we’ll just help you bring out the best in you and give the employers the best candidate: you.

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Dear Ms Danz,

It would realize a long-term dream of mine to fill the open digital marketing specialist position here at XYZ Foods. When I first got my job in customer service here, it was because your team member Arnold Dickey advised me to take any job at the company, exceed expectations, build marketing skills, then apply for a transfer to marketing. After just two months I was promoted to senior customer service agent for quick thinking and a strong work ethic. (I saved the company $2,000 a month with one suggestion.)

I read the job posting carefully and spoke with several of your team members. I know the position calls for product knowledge, written and verbal communication, and a strong sense of who our customers are. I believe I’m the perfect fit. I’ve passed quarterly product knowledge quizzes with the highest scores in my department. I’ve used strong communication skills to achieve 95% positive customer survey scores and write up daily error-free reports. My department record of 75+ calls handled per day gives me an excellent understanding of our target demographic.

The most compelling part of this position to me is that it’s the perfect fit. I’ve dreamed of working as a digital marketing specialist at XYZ for the past seven years, taking fifteen online classes from Wharton and doing 20 freelance projects on nights and weekends.

My supervisor here at XYZ customer service is happy to let me meet with you any weekday. Can we set up a time to chat about how I can exceed your expectations as I’ve exceeded hers?

Susan Morris

Cover letter example for internal position

Internal Position Cover Letter

A new position opened up in your company. You know you’re the best match, but you’re worried you’ll get overlooked. There’s competition, it’s not clear who gets promoted or transitioned. These cover letter samples will show you how to get the credit you’re due.

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Dear Frances,

Presently, I’m the retail operations assistant manager for Reston Raiment, but I just today saw your advertisement for a manager at Willis Wearables and I’m excited to put forth my application. I’ve been a semi-frequent customer of WW over the years, and I’ve always adored the quality of your products and the helpfulness of the staff.

During my managerial career, I’ve acquired many skills and much supervisory knowledge. These abilities, coupled with my 5+ years of management experience, make me a strong contender for this position, I believe. On top of those mentioned things, I’m also honored to have achieved some important small successes, including:

  • Reduced employee turnover rates by 50% by creating a healthier, more family-like work environment.
  • Cut overhead costs by around $3,000 per month by implementing sustainable electronics and devices throughout the store.
  • Increased sales by 30% (2018 vs. 2017) in the holiday season by spearheading a new sales and marketing campaign.

These are but a few examples, but I hope they help to show you my management experience, a love for the job, passion, and dedication. I’m eager for the opportunity to bring these characteristics over to a store I’ve always admired.

If you’d give me the chance, I’d love to show you how I can build upon your current success and take Willis Wearables to the next level.


Karen D. Valenzuela

P.S.—What would you say to having a coffee together? I know a great cafe near your store, and I’d be happy for the chance to discuss how I can bring an increase in sales (30%) to WW this upcoming holiday season.

Cover letter example for manager

Manager Cover Letter

What makes this sample cover letter great?

Quantifies and shows a good fit:

  • Uses numbers to prove she’s the best candidate.
  • Adds value to her profile by listing key deliverables.
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Dear Jacqueline,

As a longtime fan of Acme’s company culture and products, I was excited to see the opening for an administrative assistant. With my lengthy experience as an administrative assistant with Fancy Malls, I know I can use my skill set and knowledge to become a valuable member of the Acme team.

In my current position with Fancy Malls, I’ve had many responsibilities and achievements that would serve me well in a role at Acme. Fancy Malls has a similar business structure and product lineup to those at Acme, so I believe I would make a smooth and quick transition. On top of that, my invoice management and directory maintenance were leading performance boosters for the company, and I’m sure that I could achieve similar results at Acme, such as:

  • I saved $3,000 a year in office supplies after negotiating a new deal with the current supplier.
  • I increased sales by 7% after implementing an automatic follow-up approach using a CRM program.

Obtaining the administrative assistant position at Acme would be my dream come true. I’ve long been a fan and personal user of several of your products. In fact, Acme’s unique company culture is what prompted me to seek more challenging work. Though I love being in charge of a company’s multifaceted office support, there is no other office that would make me as happy to work for. I know, should I be honored with the position, that I’d be the envy of my circle of friends!

I would eagerly welcome the opportunity to discuss your current administrative objectives and show you how my successes at Fancy Malls can translate into growth for Acme.


Ann Smith

P.S. - I’d love the opportunity to sit down with you and go over how I can bring similar results to the 10% cost savings I achieved at Fancy Malls to the Acme office, as well.

Cover letter example for administrative assistant

Administrative Assistant Cover Letter

What makes this sample cover letter stand out?

Shows skills like a Swiss Army knife:

  • Shows adaptability and eager to meet any challenge.
  • Mirrors the requirements of the job ad with her best abilities.
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Perfect Cover Letter Sample

Example of a cover letter with an explanation

Frequently Asked Questions about Cover Letter Examples

What is a cover letter?

A cover letter is a document attached to a resume in your application that demonstrates your qualifications, relevant achievements, useful skills, and motivation to join your potential employer. It complements your resume by providing more details about your professional background so far.

Remember that your cover letter design should match your resume. See our professional cover letter templates and resume templates that work together perfectly. If you opted for a CV instead, do not hesitate to check out our professional CV templates that go well with our cover letters. Interested in the topic? Read more about the differences between a CV and a resume.

How to write a cover letter in 2024

A good cover letter should include the following parts:

After you’ve written a cover letter example for a job you’re after, make sure to give it the right name. You can use a few more tricks in your cover letter to garner additional attention for your candidacy. To find out more, read: what to include in a cover letter.

How to format a cover letter?

When you write a cover letter, remember the following formatting rules:

  • Set one-inch margins on all sides.
  • Left-align all contents. Don’t use justification, it’s against the standard rules of business letter formatting.
  • Use business cover letter spacing: 1 or 1.15.
  • Put double spaces between paragraphs.
  • Use easy-to-read cover letter fonts, such as Arial, Calibri, Verdana, Helvetica, Cambria, or Times New Roman. Keep the font size between 11 and 12 pt.

You can easily format a Word cover letter, a Google Docs cover letter, or even a LaTeX cover letter. However, remember that a good cover letter builder will help you even more by delivering pre-written phrases and ready-to-use templates. We advise you to look deeper into how to format your cover letter.

Should you use a cover letter example?

Using the right cover letter example (or letter of application) might help you better understand what the necessary parts of the cover letter are. Seeing the right cover letter sample relevant to the position you’re after will also help you realize what a cover letter should look like. You will also witness the proper cover letter outline. And that can be enough to write a perfect cover letter.

Can a cover letter example help me prepare my job application?

Having the right cover letter example will help you prepare your job application. You can use it as inspiration, personalize some parts, and realize how quickly (with the right builder) you can write a piece that will impress the recruiter. If you’d like to learn more about creating a perfect document, read our cover letter tips.

Are Zety cover letter examples available for free?

Yes, you can access cover letter examples for 200+ professions grouped by industry on Zety for free. Now all you have to do is tailor the content proposed by Zety to your own needs and use our cover letter builder to create a job-winning sample cover letter accompanying your perfect resume.

Do you have cover letter samples for inexperienced candidates?

Selling yourself in a cover letter when you have little job experience and hard skills is doable, even if you’re writing one of these cover letters:

Since there are no past jobs you could discuss in your document, highlight the best of your soft skills and show your passion for learning. List all experiences gathered in extracurricular activities, additional courses, or through volunteering.

Are cover letters really necessary?

Even though it is widely believed that recruiters don’t read cover letters, you do need a cover letter in most cases. A well-written cover letter sets the tone for your resume, allowing you to point out your professional experience and special skills in more detail. It also shows your motivation to take the job.

Never hesitate to write a cover letter. Do it even if the job ad does not require it. It’s better to have a good cover letter example written than to miss an opportunity to get hired by not having it.

How long should a cover letter be?

Your cover letter length should ideally include 3–4 short paragraphs and no more than 400 words. Remember that recruiters prefer brief and easy-to-read content, so do not overwhelm them with irrelevant details.

If you feel like writing a short cover letter, you can always choose to send it not as a separately attached document, but as an e-mail message. Some recruiters might appreciate a shorter form.

Should you write a different cover letter for each job application?

You should always customize your cover letter for each company you’re applying to, as it significantly increases your chances of landing a job interview. To make your cover letter job-specific, review the job ad carefully, identify the most important things the company is looking for in the perfect candidate, and use that information to draft a compelling cover letter.

Read more on what a cover letter should say, and remember that with our cover letter builder your perfect cover letter is just a few clicks away!

Does Zety offer any resume examples that I could look at?

If you don’t know where to start with writing your resume, we suggest that you look at our resume examples. Find a sample matching your profession, tailor the proposed content to your needs, and add it to one of Zety’s resume templates. If you want more information about this, read our guide on how to write a resume.

Don’t know if you should write a resume or a CV? Read about the differences between a CV and a resume.

How can I edit Zety's cover letter examples?

You can easily copy and paste cover letter samples into any text editor or use our builder. It’s a simple step-by-step flow that lets you quickly and effortlessly edit an already-existing cover letter or create one from scratch. By providing you with pre-written phrases and suggestions, your cover letter will be ready in just a few minutes.

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