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Best Cover Letter Examples + How to Write One for Any Job

Best Cover Letter Examples + How to Write One for Any Job

You’ve finished writing your CV. You just need a cover letter and your job application is ready to go. This is what the best cover letters look like and how you write one.

It’s easy to sit back and think “job done” after finishing your CV. Although definitely worthy of a moment’s celebration—

You still need a cover letter to really sell that CV. But writing the best cover letter ever is an uphill battle if you’ve never seen a good one.


Here are some of the best cover letter examples you’ll find.

This post will show you:

  • Five of the best cover letter examples out there.
  • The best cover letter template to showcase your strengths and achievements.
  • How to write the best cover letter for a job, for any job.
  • Why the right few achievements can take your CV to the top of the pile.

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Need help writing the best cover letter ever for a particular industry? See our full selection of cover letter examples for every job: Cover Letter Examples & Samples

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Best cover letter examples

These examples will give you some idea of what the best cover letters out there look like. Scroll down for a quick take on how to get your cover letter to be at least as effective. Check out our detailed guides for full, step-by-step instructions and plenty of expert advice and tips.

Best cover letter template for a receptionist position

Sophie Fraser


39 South Crescent



07953 547 117

29th July 2022

Alexander Burns

Office Manager

Doors & Co.

5 Park Place



Dear Mr Burns,

I was thrilled to learn about the opening at Doors & Co. As a receptionist with Brothers LLC, I implemented a new filing system that made file retrieval 33% more efficient. Being formally recognised by the director for this was a huge honour. I am sure I can translate my experience into similar results for Doors & Co.

The job advert mentions that you are looking for a receptionist with excellent organisation, teamwork, and communication skills. The following skills and achievements show how I am a perfect fit:

  • Organisation. Routinely worked with an archive of 10,000+ files. Commended in writing on three occasions by head receptionist for flawless adherence to administrative procedures.
  • Teamwork. Worked closely with five other members of administrative staff, boosting overall productivity by over 10% by prioritising and sharing workloads.
  • Communication. Handled 20+ phone enquiries per day. Wrote 30+ emails per day, including 5+ emails on the director’s behalf.

The reason I am so excited by the prospect of working for Doors & Co. is its reputation for striking a balance between maintaining a good culture of collegiality while excelling in productivity. I have long believed that a friendly and collaborative atmosphere is conducive to higher performance when handled well.

Can we schedule a call to discuss how I can help Door & Co. modernise and digitise its archives? 

Yours Sincerely,

Sophie Fraser

Best cover letter for an accounting job

Zoe Lord


20 Caerfai Bay Road



07952 375 059

1st August 2022

Elliot Kirk

Head of Accounting

Teal Ocean

89 Bishopthorpe Road



Dear Elliot,

I was very happy to learn about the opening at Teal Ocean. As a senior accountant with Elevation Inc., I reduced expenses by £10,000+ by revising income statements on a weekly rather than a monthly basis. Doing this while training two new junior accountants provided me with a great teaching moment.

In the job advert, you mention that you are looking for a senior accountant with proven problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and accounts receivable / accounts payable experience. The following achievements show why I am a perfect fit:

  • Problem-solving. Isolated gross margin allocation errors to correct influential report by 150 basis points. Reconciled bank activity for 2020 and 2021 to clear variance of £375,000+.
  • Attention to detail. Tracked and managed expenditures in excess of £2.5 million annually. Maintained 98.76% accuracy even as throughput grew by 17% without an increase in staff.
  • Accounts receivable / accounts payable. Retrieved over £25,000 in past-due receivables in less than two months. Oversaw the processing of 450+ invoices each month.

The reason I am so excited about this job in particular is the sheer variety of accounting activities Teal Ocean is involved in. Such a diversified portfolio is perfectly suited to my varied experience.

Can we schedule a call to discuss how I can help Teal Ocean reduce operating costs through purely accounting means?

Yours Sincerely,

Zoe Lord

Best cover letter for a senior management position

Kyle Coleman

Regional Manager

46 Kent Street


L10 0AQ

07901 453 310

8th August 2022

Caitlin Pickering

HR Manager

Stockton Stools

40 Mounthoolie Lane


L10 1LJ

Dear Ms Pickering,

As a regional manager looking for the next big challenge, I was thrilled to learn about the opening at Stockton Stools. At Sund Industries, I implemented the CNOK system in only seven months, taking operational efficiency up to +37% within three months of implementation. I am sure I can translate my plug-and-play skill set into similar results for Stockton Stools.

The job advert puts a lot of emphasis on leadership, collaboration, and Kaizen skills. The following achievements show how my experience uniquely qualifies me for this role:

  • Formed a new department with 110 staff, taking it to fully operational status within six weeks. 
  • Negotiated with trade unions to secure a three-year salary freeze across all production units.
  • Worked closely with CEE and UAE regional leads over a 12-month period to integrate production schedules, saving the capital group £17.6 million annually.
  • Oversaw the implementation of Kaizen protocols at three production plants, taking compliance rates from 28% to 83% in six months and over 98% in 12 months.

The reason I’m so enthusiastic about this job in particular is that Stockton Stools’ mission of putting a stool in every household by 2030 is very much in line with personal values. I have worked in raising stool awareness in one form or another for over 15 years.

Can we schedule a call to discuss how I can help lead Stockton Stools to market dominance in the region without cutting into profits in the meantime? 

Yours Sincerely,

Kyle Coleman

Best cover letter for an engineering job

Louis Douglas

Mechanical Engineer

80 Caradon Hill


B10 0BG

07018 394 157

5th July 2022

Melissa Gregory

Hiring Manager

Carnot Compressors

19 Gloddaeth Street


B10 0DE

Dear Melissa,

I was thrilled to learn about the opening at Carnot Compressors. As a mechanical engineer at Mt Isa Heating, I led a heat pump redesign project worth over £2,000,000. Completing this project seven weeks ahead of schedule and 6% under budget was particularly satisfying.

In the job advert, you stress the importance of design, project management, and communication skills. The following achievements show why I am such a good fit:

Design. Used FEM analysis to optimise bespoke pressure vessel design, saving over 4% on materials without reducing safety margins. Implemented software-based compressor control system, boosting heat pump efficiency by 21%.

Project management. Took the lead on three £1,000,000+ projects over a two-year period. 

Communication. Reported to non-technical managers, received three written notes of thanks for explaining complex engineering concepts and constraints clearly. Prepared 8–10 comprehensive progress reports per month for stakeholders.

The reason I am so excited about the prospect of working for Carnot Compressors in particular is the company’s stellar environmental record. Its “leave no trace” philosophy is ahead of its time in heavy industry and reflects my professional values perfectly.

Can we schedule a call to discuss how I can reduce Carnot Compressors’ carbon credits expenditure with only a few simple design tweaks? 

Yours Sincerely,

Louis Douglas

Best cover letter for a customer service job

Victoria Hart

Customer Service Representative

67 Temple Way


BD10 0PL

07864 046 335

17th August 2022

Jessica Collier


F&B Fashion

74 Well Lane


BD11 1AS

Dear Ms Collier,

I was excited to see the customer service representative opening at F&B Fashion. At Hout, I placed in the top three in our internal CSR ranking every month since March 2020. This is partially due to my retention rates being 17% higher than the average. I am sure I can translate the skills that led to this success into similar results for F&B Fashion.

In the job ad, you note that you are looking for a representative skilled in conflict management, sales, and communication. The following achievements show why your job is a perfect fit:

Conflict management. Offered alternative options to customers, reducing personal monthly refund rate by 16%. De-escalated 15–20 complaints every week.

Sales. Upsold 11% of phone orders placed during webshop outages.

Communication. Handled enquiries from people with strong accents and broken English representing 35+ different countries of origin. Completed weekly reports, five of which are still used as exemplars during training sessions.

The reason I am so thrilled about this job in particular is that I have always admired F&B Fashion’s environmental mission. Its commitment to ameliorating some of the ill effects of the fast fashion industry is very much in line with my values. 

Can we schedule a call to discuss how I can help boost F&B Fashion’s resolution rates by at least 15%? 

Yours Sincerely,

Victoria Hart

How to write the best cover letter for a job

This is just a quick rundown of the basics. If you want to know how to write the best cover letter for a job, check out our detailed guides.

Use the right cover letter template

The best cover letter template will be laid out like a business letter—because a cover letter is a business letter. It should include a formal header, three or four body paragraphs, a call to action, and professional sign-off. Formatting-wise, keep standard one-inch margins and use an easy-to-read font. The best cover letter fonts are the classics: Arial, Calibri, or Helvetica. 

Start your cover letter properly

Set your header out following the standard business letter format. Include your name, job title, mailing address, email address, and phone number. Greet the hiring manager by name and include their company mailing address.

Pack your body paragraphs full of achievements

From the first sentences in which you introduce yourself to the main body paragraphs in which you show what a great fit you are for the job, achievements are your recipe for success. Use the PAR (Problem-Action-Result) formula to structure your achievements.

End your cover letter with a confident CTA

Rather than passively dropping the ball into their court, end on a confident call to action (CTA). This can hardly fail to make a good impression and might even pique hiring managers’ interest enough to set their minds on an interview before they even see your CV.

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Key takeaway

Here’s a recap of the best way to write a cover letter:

  • Follow a good cover letter format. It’ll make sure your cover letter is as short as it is sweet.
  • Hit the ground running with a big achievement. You can see for yourself how impressive that is.
  • Back up your claims with hard facts. Summarise the main job requirements and then provide evidence for how to fulfil each one.
  • End with a CTA. Give them a reason to call you in for an interview.

Want to know more about what makes the best cover letters tick? Wondering how you can make your cover letter sit proudly among the best of the best? Leave a comment. We’ll be happy to reply!

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Dominika Kowalska, CPRW
Dominika is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and job expert with a focus on career development and onboarding processes. She writes guides helping readers create winning resumes and manage various difficulties of the job hunt.

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