If you are a regular reader of my blog than you understand my feeling about cover letters. Basically, I think they are a necessary evil. My guess is that less that 20% of hiring managers ever open a cover letter. That being said, the 20% that do are “die hard” fans of cover letters.
For you not to send one is an automatic disqualification. Now, most of the “die hards” live in the Human Resource department of companies but they are still the gateway to your next job in most cases. Today, I am going to share 3 of the best cover letter examples that I know of. Instead of just displaying the actual sample cover letter, I am going to break each of them down for you.
Too many people try to copy and paste a cover letter template and think it will work for them. Each of the following letter serve a unique purpose in your job search.
1. Direct Job Application Letter
This is the cover letter that is most often recognized by job searchers. The biggest mistake that most people make is that they try to design a one-size-fits-all cover letter. They look through cover letter examples hoping to find something generic that they can copy and paste. Your best bet will be to specifically target each cover letter to the specific position to which you are applying. Also, be sure to proof the cover letter before sending it on. I cannot tell you how many cover letters I have seen to which the letter was addressed to someone else. Always double proof your text before sending.
2. Networking Letter
Other great cover letter examples include those that specifically target job networking. The purpose of the letter is to build relationships with key individuals by asking for job searching advice and assistance. The letter should start off by stating who you were referred by and that the person mentioned that they would be an excellent resource for your job searching efforts. By the way, the letter does not always have to be official. This same letter can be used as an email to the person you want to network with as well.
3. Prospecting Letter
This is a cover letter that you use to try to get your foot in the door with a particular company. You do not necessarily know if they have any openings. All you know is that they are in fact a good company with a great reputation. The first paragraph would consist of reasons why you think they are such a great company. If at all possible list some tangible facts instead of just generic words. In the second paragraph, list a few reasons as to why your skills and personality would make you a great fit for their company.
Regardless of which cover letter examples you choose, always keep your letter to three paragraphs. You should use the following cover letter format. The first should normally list your intention of the letter. The second paragraph will typically discuss your uniques qualifications and the last paragraph will list your future actions and intentions. Hopefully, now you have some good cover letter examples to follow.