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Cover letter examples

I believe a cover letter is vital to improving your odds of getting a job. Here is a template and some examples that may help. They have been customized for applications to US-based employers.

I would encourage you to

  • Convert the cover letter to a PDF
  • Keep it at one page
  • Attach resume to the email as a separate PDF

A cover letter has been posted here

Email intro

As you will most likely be emailing your resume and cover letter, you can use this template below

 

Dear Brian,

I’m writing to you to apply for the job opening of <Role>. I have attached a cover letter and resume.

I appreciate your consideration of my candidacy

Sincerely,

<Name>

 

Template

This template includes blocks for

  • Introduction
  • Referral
  • Company info
  • Skills
    • Education
    • Transferrable aka Soft skills
    • Hard skills
    • Acheivements
  • Cultural adaptability (for US based company)
  • Resume and references
  • Ask

 

Date
Recipient Name
Title
Company

Dear <Name>,

I am writing regarding your job opening of <Role>. I appreciate you taking the time to review my qualifications.

I was referred to this opportunity by <Referral> who works in your <dept> as a <position>. I understand that he is very happy and has proven himself in this role. I believe I could replicate his success, if given the chance, and <Referral> has agreed to vouch for me as a reference (among other references available upon request).

Based on extensive research I have done on <Company>, I believe I could quickly adapt to your unique culture and make a positive contribution. <Example>

As a holder of <Degrees, Certs> I can competently execute <Responsibilities>.

I am highly regarded for <Transferable Skills>.

I am proficient in <Systems>.

Throughout my career, I have demonstrated a very high level dedication and effort. <List 3-4 achievements relevant to the JD>.

My proficiency in English, prolific consumption of all things American culture including music, sports and movies, and my ambition, work-ethic and communication skills, would allow me to quickly assimilate, and eventually succeed, in an American company.

I humbly believe these qualities and experience make me highly suitable for the role of <Target Role> and that I would be an asset to your team. As such, I have attached my resume for your review. I can also provide references upon request.

If there is interest in my candidacy, please feel free to contact me, as I would be excited to pursue potential next steps. I can reached via any of the contact points above at any time.

I appreciate your consideration,

____________________
<Name>

<Mobile> | <Email> | <LinkedIn>

Example 1

This is an example, based on the template, for a candidate that has a referral and good experience

Feb 20, 2020
Brian Lockwood
CEO
Znam

Dear Brian,

I am writing regarding your job opening of Marketing specialist. I appreciate you taking the time to review my qualifications.

I was referred to this opportunity by Nikola Kadric who works in your Operations dept. as an analyst. I understand that he is very happy and has proven himself in this role. I believe I could replicate his success, if given the chance, and Nikola has agreed to vouch for me as a reference (among other references available upon request).

Based on extensive research I have done on Znam, I believe I could quickly adapt to your unique culture and make a positive contribution. I really appreciate the community outreach efforts for underprivileged children in Brooklynn and that is something that I would love to have the opportunity to participate in, in my spare time. I also am interested in your future leader development program, once I have firmly established myself at the company.

As a holder of a Bachelors degree in Marketing I can competently execute tasks related to branding, advertising, SEO and website development

I am highly regarded for my team work, organization and communication skills

I am proficient in Word processing, spreadsheets, graphics software and WordPress

Throughout my career, I have demonstrated a very high level dedication and effort. I managed a team of marketing interns for the summer, I lead our company’s efforts in local job fairs and I created and managed a human-resources database to better track and process applications

My proficiency in English, prolific consumption of all things American culture including music, sports and movies, and my ambition, work-ethic and communication skills, would allow me to quickly assimilate, and eventually succeed, in an American company.

I humbly believe the aforementioned qualities and experience make me highly suitable for the role of Marketing specialist and that I would be an asset to your team. As such, I have attached my resume for your review. I can also provide references upon request.

If there is interest in my candidacy, please feel free to contact me, as I would be excited to pursue potential next steps. I can reached via any of the contact points above at any time.

I appreciate your consideration,

____________________
Dejan Markovic

919258564545 | [email protected] | https://www.linkedin.com/in/DMarkovic/

 

Example 2

This is an example, based on the template, for a candidate that doesn’t have a referral or good experience

Feb 20, 2020
Brian Lockwood
CEO
Znam

Dear Brian,

I am writing regarding your job opening of Marketing specialist. I appreciate you taking the time to review my qualifications.

Based on extensive research I have done on Znam, I believe I could quickly adapt to your unique culture and make a positive contribution. I really appreciate the community outreach efforts for underprivileged children in Brooklynn and that is something that I would love to have the opportunity to participate in, in my spare time. I also am interested in your future leader development program, once I have firmly established myself at the company.

As a holder of a Bachelors degree in Marketing I can competently execute tasks related to branding, advertising, SEO and website development

I am highly regarded for my team work, organization and communication skills

I am proficient in Word processing, spreadsheets, graphics software and WordPress

Although I lack significant job experience, as a new entrant to the labor market, I have completed a soft-skills boot camp and was ranked in the top 1/3 of graduates (see certificate attached) from Znam, a local, non-profit employment incubator. Furthermore, I have been certified highly proficient in spoken and written English (including a typing speed of 50 WPM). Based on my accomplishments in this program, Znam CEO, Brian Lockwood, has agreed to provide a written and/or phone reference for me.

My proficiency in English, prolific consumption of all things American culture including music, sports and movies, and my ambition, work-ethic and communication skills, would allow me to quickly assimilate, and eventually succeed, in an American company.

I humbly believe the aforementioned qualities and experience make me highly suitable for the role of Marketing specialist and that I would be an asset to your team. As such, I have attached my resume for your review. I can also provide references upon request.

If there is interest in my candidacy, please feel free to contact me, as I would be excited to pursue potential next steps. I can reached via any of the contact points above at any time.

I appreciate your consideration,

____________________
Dejan Markovic

919258564545 | [email protected] | https://www.linkedin.com/in/DMarkovic

 

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