Sample Of Cover Letter With Resume

Cover Letter Examples and Writing Tips

100+ Free Cover Letter Samples Listed By Type, Format, and Job

When applying for a job, a cover letter should be sent or posted with your resume or curriculum vitae. A cover letter is a (typically) one-page document that explains to the hiring manager why you are an ideal candidate for the job. It goes beyond your resume to explain in detail how you could add value to the company.

It can be helpful to look at cover letter samples when writing your own. A sample can help you decide what to include in your letter, and how to format the letter.

This collection of free professionally written cover letter examples will help you get started. Below you'll find both hard copy and email examples, for a variety of different types of employment inquiries and job applications including general cover letters, cold contact cover letters, referral letters, customized cover letters, job promotion letters, networking outreach letters, and letters to inquire about unadvertised openings.

Cover Letter Examples and Templates

These samples, templates, ​and examples of different types of cover letters will give you ideas and suggestions for your letter. Read through some samples, and then customize your own letter so it shows why you should be selected for an interview.

Cover Letter Samples

Review examples of cover letters and email cover letter messages for a variety of circumstances.

Applying for a New Job

Applying for a Transfer or Promotion

Email Cover Letter Examples

Inquiry and Networking Letters

Cover Letters With a Referral

Cover Letter Formats and Templates

Review examples of professional formats, layouts, and templates to use to apply for jobs.

Examples Listed by Type of Applicant

These cover letter samples are for candidates who are applying for a specific type or level of position.

Tips for Writing a Cover Letter

Tailor each letter to the job. It takes a little extra time, but be sure to write a unique cover letter for each job. Your cover letter should be specific to the position you are applying for, relating your skills and experiences to those noted in the job posting.

Use keywords. One useful way to tailor your letter to the job is to use keywords from the job posting. Circle any words from the job posting that seem critical to the job, such as specific skills or qualifications. Try to use some of these words in your letter. This way, at a glance, the employer can see that you match the requirements of the job.

Explain how you will add value. Think of concrete ways to prove you will add value to the company. Include examples of specific accomplishments from previous jobs. For example, if you helped reduce turnover by 10% at your last company, or implemented a filing strategy that reduced file errors by 15%, include this information. Try to quantify your successes when possible to clearly demonstrate how you could add value at the company.

Look at cover letter samples. Check out a few sample cover letters before writing your own.

Samples will give you an idea of what information to include in your cover letter, and how to format the letter. However, never simply copy and paste a sample cover letter. Change the letter to fit your specific skills and experiences, and the job you are applying for.

Edit, edit, edit. Your cover letter is your first, and best, chance to sell the hiring manager on your candidacy for employment, so make sure it's perfect. Read through your letter, proofreading it for any spelling or grammar errors. Ask a friend, family member, or career counselor to read it as well. You want to make sure the letter is polished before submitting it.

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1234 Dahia Court
Sumner, WA 12345
(555) 867-5309
e-mail :

July 1, 2001

Megan Thornberg
Regis County Library System
1212 Disc Drive
Seattle, WA 12345

Dear Ms. Thornberg,

I am writing in regard to your ad which is currently in the Seattle Times newspaper. I believe that I am an excellent match for the Library Clerk position. I have worked in various libraries for the past 8 years and have enjoyed the work very much.

I am currently studying Library Science at the University of Washington. I find the classes very enjoyable and I have a high grade point average. I have excellent references from professors. I expect to graduate this coming spring, in May of 2002.

In my library jobs I have demonstrated strong customer service skills. I understand the need for a clerk to be flexible and accommodating to library guests, even when he or she is busy with other tasks. It gives me pleasure to help others enjoy the library and it's resources.

I have excellent computer skills for data entry and bar coding. I am also very good at caring for various media such as books, magazines, discs, microfiche, videos, and newsprint. I also have experience with administrative tasks such as preparing mailings and answering the telephone.

I look forward to hearing from you about this position. I would like to speak with you about my career goals in the library field and my experiences working in different libraries. I think the Regis County Library System maintains some of the best libraries in the state, and I look forward to discussing how my skills could enhance and improve upon what has already been accomplished. Please contact me at the address above or at (555) 867-5309.


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Wanda Jobs
1234 Dahia Court
Sumner, Washington 12345
(555) 867-5309

Objective: A clerk position in a high quality library, where my customer service and organization skills will be utilized and appreciated.

Education: University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1998 to present
Library Science
Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA 1997
General Studies
Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA 1995 to 1996
1990 Associate of Applied Science degree, Library Technician

Highlights of Qualifications:

  • Organization Skills: Demonstrated experience shelving books, straightening shelves, and keeping the collection in order.
  • Clerical Skills: Strong skills for data entry, assigning bar-codes, bar-coding books, prepAring mailings, and stamping/labeling new material.

1993 to 1998--Library Page, Auburn City Library, Auburn, WA

  • Shelved books
  • Maintained library upkeep

1991 to 1992--Library Page, Des Moines Public Library, Des Moines, WA

  • Shelved books
  • Kept collection in order

1990--Library Aid, Army Corp of Engineers, Seattle, WA

  • Entered data on PC computer
  • Bar-coded books
  • Prepared mailings

1989 to 1990--Library Page, Skyway Library, Skyway, WA

  • Shelved books
  • Bar-coded books
  • Stamped and labeled new material

1988--Library Clerk, National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.

  • Assigned bar-codes to collected information
  • Bar-coded books

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