Examples of cover letters for a job (5 samples)

This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for any job.”

How to write a cover letter for a job

A great cover letter is important in your job search journey as it helps your employer identify who you are and what you can offer to the organization. Cover letters should be around three paragraphs long and include specific examples from your past experience that make you qualified for the position.

When writing a cover letter, these are some of the important things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the name of the recipient, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Make a brief statement about why you’re interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience. Ensure your skills and experiences are similar to the job position. When highlighting skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position with you further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter for a job”

“[Your name]

[Your full address]

[Your city, state and ZIP code]

[Your phone number]

[Your email address]

Date: _________________

[Hiring manager’s name]

[Company name]

[Company address]

[Company city, state and ZIP code]

Dear hiring manager [Use their name if you know it]:

My name is [Your name] and I am writing to express my interest in the [Name of position] with [Company name]. I am excited about the opportunity to work for [Company name] because [Provide specific reason]. I would be the perfect candidate for the [Name of position] because [Provide specific reason]. This position aligns perfectly with my goal of [Your career goal].

As a recent graduate from [University or College name] with a [Type of degree], I have the required training needed for the [Name of position] at [Company name]. Relevant course work included [Names of courses]. I graduated with Honors and as a member of [Name of associations]. My prior experience in [Name of position] in the [Name of the industry] also gave me the [Relevant skills/experience ] needed for [Specific job responsibility from job posting].

One thing that attracted me most to [Name of company] is [Specific thing you like about the company]. I am also passionate about [Related skill] and volunteer regularly for [List relevant volunteer experience]. I look forward to meeting you in person during an interview to further discuss my qualifications and how I will be an asset to [Company name]. Thank you for your time and consideration.


[Your physical signature]

[Your name printed]


Sample 2: “Cover letter for a job”

“[Manager’s Name]

[Manager’s Job Title]

[Company Name]

[Company’s Street Address]

[City, State, ZIP Code]

[Addressing the hiring manager]

[Write your attention-grabbing opening paragraph]

[Write 2-3 paragraphs where you include skills that are relevant to the position you are applying for, where you quantify your achievements (when possible), and where you highlight your education.]

[Conclude by saying thank you and by making a call to action.]

[Sign off your letter professionally]”

Sample 3: “Cover letter for a job”

“[Your name]

[The city and state where you live]

[Primary phone number]

[Email address]


Dear [name of the hiring manager or HR professional],

I’m writing to apply for the position of [position title] with [Company.] [In a few sentences, describe yourself as a candidate and explain why you think you’re a good fit for the position].

[In this paragraph, describe your most recent, most senior or longest position as a contract specialist or related professional. Include your primary responsibilities, any leadership experience and accomplishments].

[In this paragraph, describe key skills and certifications. Connect your skills to the job description to illustrate how your skills make you a strong candidate].

Thank you for your time and consideration. [Insert a sentence restating your enthusiasm and qualifications for the position]. Please contact me if you have questions about my application materials or to schedule an interview at your convenience. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


[Your name]”

Sample 4: “Cover letter for a job”

“John Donaldson

8 Sue Circle

Smithtown, CA 08067



September 6, 2022

George Gilhooley

LTC Company

87 Delaware Road

Hatfield, CA 08065

Dear Mr. Gilhooley,

I am writing to apply for the programmer position advertised in the Times Union. As requested, I enclose my certification, resume, and references.

The role is very appealing to me, and I believe that my strong technical experience and education make me a highly competitive candidate for this position. My key strengths that would support my success in this position include:

I have successfully designed, developed, and supported live-use applications.

I strive continually for excellence.

I provide exceptional contributions to customer service for all customers.

With a BS degree in computer programming, I have a comprehensive understanding of the full lifecycle of software development projects. I also have experience in learning and applying new technologies as appropriate. Please see my resume for additional information on my experience.

I can be reached anytime via email at john.donaldson@email.com or by phone at 909-555-5555.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you about this employment opportunity.


Signature (hard copy letter)

John Donaldson”

Sample 5: “Cover letter for a job”

“Subject: Colleen Warren – Web Content Manager Position

Dear Hiring Manager,

I’m writing to express my interest in the Web Content Manager position listed on Monster.com. I have experience building large, consumer-focused, health-based content sites. While much of my experience has been in the business world, I understand the social value of this sector, and I am confident that my business experience will be an asset to your organization.

My responsibilities have included the development and management of the website’s editorial voice and style, editorial calendars, and the daily content programming and production for various websites.

I have worked closely with healthcare professionals and medical editors to provide the best possible information to a consumer audience of patients. I have also helped physicians to use their medical content to write user-friendly and easily comprehensible text.

Experience has taught me how to build strong relationships with all departments in an organization. I can work within a team, as well as cross-team. I can work with web engineers to resolve technical issues and implement technical enhancements. 

I am confident working with development departments to implement design and functional enhancements, monitor site statistics, and conduct search engine optimization.

Thank you for your consideration.

Colleen Warren




Frequently Asked Questions: How to write a cover letter for a job

How can you use a cover letter to show you’re a qualified candidate?

Make a list of the requirements listed in the job posting and match them to your resume. Mention the most relevant qualifications in your cover letter, so the hiring manager can see, at a glance, that you have the credentials they are looking for.

What is the best cover letter for a job?

An excellent cover letter should have a standout opening, relevant skills and qualifications, and a strong finish with a call-to-action — all within one page and unique to each application.

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