Sample Cover Letters

Below you can find sample cover letters for various categories such as Art/Design, Computer Programmer/Web Developer, Nursing/Pharmacist etc. Please contact us if you would like us to add sample cover letters for any specific category or if you would like to submit a sample cover letter for specific category.

Four Tips to Writing a Killer Resume Cover Letter

There’s no denying it. If you are out of work, it can be very difficult to find another one. You are probably already upset at the loss of income and security, and you’ve read each day that unemployment figures are not promising. It’s more important than ever to present yourself to a prospective employer in the best light possible. That starts with the first thing any Human Resource Department or position supervisor reads—the cover letter preceding your resume.

Writing a killer cover letter is far easier than most people think. Some general principles apply, regardless of your occupation speciality or the industry. Within those, additional specifics can further spotlight your background, experience, and potential worth to the company.

Generalities

Common sense rules many of the generally applied principles.

Spelling

While many word processing programs provide a built-in dictionary, it is not complete or comprehensive. It also cannot tell whether you mean ‘two,’ ‘to,’ or ‘too.’ Each word is correctly spelled, but each means something entirely different. With most word processors, the document dictionary will accept any of the three options and not flag a misspelling. However, a human reading it will notice that you used the wrong word. You don’t need to know how to spell every word in the English language, but the words you do use should be the right ones and spelled correctly.

Punctuation

A nemesis for many, poorly punctuated cover letters and even resumes can transform your documents from killer to killed. Make sure you use contractions properly, note commas where appropriate and never use exclamation points. You are presenting fact in your cover letter that draw the reader’s attention—not selling a how-to e-book. Convince the reader to continue reading through to your resume by presenting a calm, factual letter.

Highlight

No, this doesn’t mean taking a marker and over-stroking letter content. If you have a special skill or an accomplishment that 1) applies directly to the position for which you are applying, and 2) is unique or beyond normal standards in the field, definitely mention it specifically. An example might read, “As you will see on my attached resume, I redesigned the computer file retrieval system at XYZ Corporation. Users no longer had to search for electronically stored documents by title name but now can by subject or creation date as well, minimizing wasted time and effort.”

Make sure that your experience, duties and accomplishments at XYZ Corporation are clearly noted on your resume.

Direct Address Name

Never open a cover letter with the salutation “To Whom It May Concern.”

If you were reading that opening, and you were pressed for time because you have 100 identical document sets to read, how much attention would you pay to a cover letter and resume sent to no one? The reader could easily think that he or she certainly isn’t ‘concerned’ and toss your information into the trash bin. If a contact name is noted in the job ad, address the cover letter directly to that person. If it lists just a department, make one telephone call and ask the name of the person in charge of that department. Address the envelope to the person. On the next line, note the department name. On the next, the company name and finally the address. On the cover letter, pay the person respect by writing “Dear Mrs. Brown” or appropriate address.

That touch of personalisation immediately tells the reader that you pay attention and that you went a few steps beyond what the ‘Concerned’ users did. That just put your information on the top of the Look Closer pile.