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Samples of a Good Cover Letter

Samples of a Good Cover Letter That are Just too Good to Pass Up

A cover letter, also known as a covering letter, is a letter that introduces a candidate to a prospective employer, and needs to accompany his/her resume. Confused how to write one? This write-up offers help.
CareerStint Staff
Last Updated: Jun 3, 2018
Research shows that around 43% employers in the United States prefer a cover letter along with a resume.
A cover letter is actually a much more important document than most people assume it to be. A majority of us consider it to be an addition to a CV. In reality, it is a part of a CV, and should be treated so. It introduces a candidate to a potential employer, and puts across the qualities that make the candidate a good choice for the job on offer.

The important thing is that your cover letter should portray you as a good choice as a job candidate. It should be simple, to the point, include your skills, understanding of the job, and if possible, when you would be available to join, if selected. Make the letter personal, not just a copy of one that you have seen elsewhere. On that note, for your guidance, we'll have a look at the format it should be in, along with a few samples.
Cover Letter Format
Contact Information
The contact information is the first section of a cover letter, and includes your contact details, so as to make it easy for the employer to contact you, if need be.

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email Address


Date

Employer Contact Information
Name
Title
Company
Address
City, State, Zip Code


Salutation
Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name: (If you are not sure about the employer's name, leave it out.)

Body of the Letter
First Paragraph
In the first paragraph, you should mention the purpose of writing this letter, followed by the position that you want to apply for. Also mention the source from where you found the listed job. If you have any contact working in the same company, mention his/her name.

Middle Paragraph(s)
Firstly, keep in mind that you are actually interpreting your resume and not repeating it. So, in this section, mention what you are offering the employer from your side. Now, specify how your qualifications match the kind of job that you have applied for.

Final Paragraph
In the final paragraph, thank the employer taking the time out to read your letter and CV, and for considering you for the position. In addition, include the information on how you will follow-up.


Complimentary Close
Respectfully yours,

Signature
Handwritten Signature (for a mailed letter)

Typed Signature (if you are sending the resume as a soft copy)
Cover Letter Samples
Sample 1: Applying for a Part-time Job
First Name Last Name
Address
City, State, Zip Code
Phone Number
Cell Phone Number
Email
Employer Contact Information

Contact Name
Title
Company
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Date

Dear Hiring Manager,

I am interested in the part-time position at Baker's Delight advertised in The Morning Times. I have equine experience, as I have worked in a bakery for two years. Not only have I have worked there for serving their products, but also have learned to bake their products. I have also managed the whole bakery for a couple of months. Through working with all the bakers there, I have acquired knowledge about baking, packing, and managing the whole bakery process.

While I have equine experience, I also have excellent communication skills, and an aptitude for customer service. My experience as a volunteer at Baker's Delight made it necessary for me to focus on providing quality customer service, and also enabled me to work with all types of people. I believe that my communication skills, partnered with my equine knowledge, would make me an asset to your company.

Thank you for your consideration. I can be reached at (your contact number). I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Your Signature
Your Name
Sample 2: Applying for an Internship
First Name Last Name
Address
City, State, Zip Code
Phone Number
Cell Phone Number
Email
Employer Contact Information

Contact Name
Title
Company
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Date

Dear Ms. Last Name,

I am interested in applying for the legal research summer internship position that was listed through the ABC University Career Services Office. I have experience in law. In various competitions held at the University level, I have performed and argued for various cases, and I am currently working on a case under the guidance of a defense lawyer. I have also studied many cases as a researcher. Last summer, I worked on a famous case called Belo v/s Beelo, as an intern of Mr. ABC. I am seeking to complement this outdoor experience with a research internship, in order to acquire the background necessary for a future career in law.

I believe that I would be an asset to your program. This internship would provide me with the ideal opportunity to assist your organization and expand my research skills. I will call you next week to see if my qualifications seem to be a match your expectations. If so, I hope to schedule an interview at a mutually convenient time. Looking forward to speaking with you.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Your Signature
Your Name
Sample 3: Applying for a Job
First Name Last Name
Address
City, State, Zip Code
Phone Number
Cell Phone Number
Email
Employer Contact Information

Contact Name
Title
Company
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Date

Dear Mr./Ms. Name,

For the past 6 years I have followed your career through news events, interviews, and many web researches. Your dedication to the Third Estate and your understanding of the important role journalists play in today's fast-paced information highway, coupled with your belief in the power of the press, is exemplary. I have had the privilege of honing my journalistic abilities on three widely different publications. When I left college, I immediately went to work for a typical small town newspaper, and learned all the aspects of getting the paper to the people in a timely manner. I then moved to the post of regional manager for a media corporation composed of small to mid-size newspapers in the Midwest. In my current position, I am Chief Correspondent for one of the largest newspapers in the Southeast.

I would like an opportunity to visit you to get your insight and suggestions on where my skills, abilities, and capacities would be of the greatest value to (company name), and to inquire about possible job openings available with you. I will give you a call at your office to set a convenient date and time.

I am looking forward to meeting you.

Sincerely,

Your Signature
Your Name
Use the format and samples given here, and draft a letter that suits your portfolio and job application. Again, keep it simple, precise, and include all the information necessary so that the potential employer sees the need to call you in for an interview. All the best!