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Curious to see how a cover letter in your industry should look? We provide dozens of cover letter examples from over 15 different industries. Find your industry below and download your favorite samples. Plug in your own information and you’re ready to send off your application.

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Food Service Industry Cover Letter Samples

Waiter, Waitress, Server

For the food service industry, cover letters should highlight the candidate’s customer service abilities, their knowledge of a particular type of cuisine, and their adherence to food safety and sanitation guidelines. If you are able to demonstrate these key attributes, restaurant owners will certainly call you in for an interview.

Customer Service & Retail Industry Example Cover Letters

Retail

Call Center, Phone & Support

Hotel, Hospitality & Transportation

Client Services

Since customer service is such a broad category, we offer a variety of letters from different areas of the field. The key to getting a job in customer service is to showcase your ability to upsell and retain customers. Click on any of the samples above to learn how to display these abilities in your cover letter. 

Office Worker & Administrative Assistant Cover Letter Examples

Assistants & Office Managers

Clerical Workers

Human Resources

The responsibilities of administrative assistants and office workers are often quite similar across different companies. So the challenge is to find a way to differentiate yourself from other candidates. One way to do this is to emphasize your organizational skills through measurable achievements, such as the money or time you saved with your initiatives in a previous position. Take a look at how the examples above accomplish this.

Housekeeping Industry Example Cover Letters

We provide two versions of a cover letter for a housekeeper: one for a candidate with experience and one for an entry-level housekeeper. So no matter how much experience you have, our examples will help you get started.  

Janitor & Maintenance Worker Samples

Janitors must demonstrate their concern for safety and accident prevention in order to be considered for the position. Use our experienced and entry-level examples to guide you on how to include these traits in your letter.

Nursing & Healthcare Cover Letter Samples

Nursing & Social Care

Dentistry

Pharmacist 

Whether you want to get a job in nursing, dentistry, or pharmaceuticals, we have a sample that applies to your career path. Careers in the healthcare industry require a wide range of experience and education. Technical skills, licenses and certifications, and the ability to communicate effectively are a few of the top qualities to include in your cover letter. 

Marketing & Sales Example Cover Letters

If you’re applying for a job in marketing or sales, you’ll need to highlight key performance metrics. Employers will be looking for you to elaborate on the projects that were mentioned in your resume and the results that were produced.

Engineering Samples

We offer samples for 4 different kinds of engineers. Find your career track and discover how to best format your own letter. No matter what engineering track you are on, your cover letter needs to highlight problem solving skills and the ability to meet quality standards.

Teaching & Education Example Cover Letters

Our teaching and education samples are great for job seekers who are just starting their career or for those that need help showcasing their wealth of experience. Although our sample is for an english teacher, the format can be used for a teacher of any subject.

Construction Industry Examples

Working in construction usually entails being able to use a wide variety of tools and equipment while also having knowledge numerous construction techniques. Make sure you mention the equipment you have used and the different techniques that you are familiar with. 

Accounting & Finance Cover Letter Samples

We offer five different examples within the accounting and finance industry. Quantifiable/numerical achievements are extremely important when it comes to applying for an accounting job. Check out the samples to see how the candidates discuss their accomplishments. 

Driver & Transportation Examples

Drivers

A truck driver cover letter should focus on the years of driving experience, the type of vehicles you have operated, and your specific state and national licenses. Click the sample above to see how our job candidate lists this information.

Librarian Samples

Whether you are just starting your career as a librarian or are looking for a senior position, we have a sample that will help you tailor your own cover letter. Click on the position above that applies to you.

Information Technology (IT) Cover Letter Examples

When applying for an IT job, you will likely need to get through an HR representative who might not be well-versed in the technical aspects of the position. Keep this in mind when writing your cover letter and consider toning down the technical language.

Art and Music Samples

Art & Design

Music

Writing a cover letter for an industry as abstract as music and entertainment can be difficult. Instead of focusing on numerical achievements, you’ll have to focus your letter towards a portfolio of specific projects or performances. Use our letters above for inspiration.

C-Suite & Executive Cover Letters

Executives

C-Suite executives have extensive industry experience and their cover letters must go beyond a list of duties and facts. Their cover letters must reflect an ability to fit within an organization. Our cover letter examples and tip sections will help you communicate a strong profile to boost to your candidacy.

Real Estate Industry Examples

For a job in real estate, you’ll need to highlight your ability to market to prospective home owners as well as your drive to reach sales quotas. Our real estate agent letter does all of this and much more. Click the link above to learn how to write your own.

Law Enforcement, Security & Fire Cover Letters

Legal

Law Enforcement & Security

In this section we offer cover letters for those in the legal space and law enforcement. Click the position that you are in and learn about exactly what you can highlight in your cover letter to make you an outstanding candidate.

Student and Internship Cover Letters

Students often have the hardest time writing a cover letter because they lack professional experience. The key for students is to focus on relevant coursework, internship experience, and skills you might have gained from working a part-time job.


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Here's a free cover letter template, which you can use as a guide for what to say in each paragraph of your cover letter. I hope it gives you a sense of structure and helps you focus on how to connect with your reader and spotlight your resume.

For detailed advice on what to say, read How to Write a Cover Letter or Cover Email.

There are two other cover letter templates you should see:

About This Cover Letter Template

Over the years, many job seekers have asked me questions like:

  • How do I start my cover letter?
  • What should I say next?
  • How long should my letter be?
  • What do I say in my last paragraph?
  • What kind of closing should I use?

With these questions in mind, I created the following cover letter template:


Name
Street
City, State Zip
Phone
Email

Date

Name of person you are sending this cover letter to
Professional title
Organization name
Mailing address
City, state and zip

Dear Mr. (or Ms.) Last Name,

Start your cover letter with a grabber — a statement that establishes a connection, the name of a mutual associate who has referred you, or a probing question. Briefly say what job you are applying for.

The mid-section of your letter should be one or two short paragraphs that make convincing points about your qualifications. You may incorporate a bullet-point format here.

Your last paragraph should suggest what you would like to have happen next (for example, set up a time for a job interview). Close by saying "thank you."

Sincerely yours,

Your name (typed)

Enclosure: resume


If you would like to use this cover letter template, here's how:

  1. Copy and paste it into a blank document (such as MS Word) on your hard drive.
  2. Replace the text in the template with your own words.
  3. When you save your cover letter, create a good file name for it (such as "Your-Name-Cover-Letter").

As you can see, the template above is formatted for a hardcopy cover letter. A hardcopy format is useful for sending via snail mail or attaching it to a cover email, along with your resume. It can also be uploaded to a company website that asks for a cover letter in the online application.

What About a Cover Email Template?

To create a cover email, you can use the following template, which is adapted from the one above.


Dear Mr. (or Ms.) Last Name,

Start your cover email with a grabber — a statement that establishes a connection, the name of a mutual associate who has referred you, or a probing question. Briefly say what job you are applying for.

The mid-section of your email should be one or two short paragraphs that make convincing points about your qualifications. You may incorporate a bullet-point format here.

Your last paragraph should suggest what you would like to have happen next (for example, set up a time for a job interview). Close by saying "thank you."

Sincerely yours,

Your name (typed)

Attached: resume


This template is also free and here for you to copy and paste into a blank document for your cover email.

Downloadable Cover Letter Templates in Word

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