Samples Of Cover Letters 2013

We discussed the importance of creating an email cover letter in our previous post, Five Steps to a Standout Resume Email, and thought would be helpful to our job-seeking readers to provide some examples to use as a starting point for your next email cover letter.

The examples below come from real-life job seeker emails, although we’ve altered the details and contact information. Whether you prefer a “salesy” approach or you’re more of a “direct and to the point” kind of person, choose the template that suits your style. Just be sure to include these key elements in your email cover letter.

  • Mention the title of the position you’re applying for in the subject line and body of your email.
  • Explain where you found the job posting or how you heard about the position.
  • Conclude with a subtle call to action to remind the hiring manager of the action you’d like them to take, such as, “I look forward to hearing from you.”
  • List your full name and contact information in your email signature block (not just on your resume attachment).
  • If applicable, quickly explain any questions that your resume may raise. For example, if you’re from out of town but planning to move close to the job location, or you’ve been at your current position for only a short time.

Email Cover Letter Examples for Legal Professionals

Example #1: If you prefer to keep it brief.

To Whom It May Concern:

I am interested in the Litigation Associate position advertised on LinkedIn. I have attached my resume and cover letter for your review.

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

First Last
Phone:
Email:

Example #2: If you’re relocating to the city where the job opportunity is located.

Dear Hiring Manager,

I’m writing to express my interest in the Litigation Secretary position listed on Monster.com. My resume is attached for your review and consideration.

I am a fast learner, very dependable, organized, and computer savvy. I have extensive experience assisting firm attorneys and multiple paralegals, as well as supervising and managing an office. While I currently reside in Los Angeles, I will be moving to San Francisco at the end of the month.

I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you to learn more about your firm, its plans and goals, and how I might contribute to its continued success. I can be your ideal candidate if given this opportunity. Thank you.

Kind regards,

First Last
Phone:

Email:

Example #3: If a colleague referred you.

Dear Sir/Madam:

I was referred to you by a mutual acquaintance, John Smith, who said you have an opening for a litigation secretary. I have many years of experience as a litigation secretary, most of them working with managing partners. I am a professional looking for a career, not just a job. I am organized, reliable and self-motivated. I like being part of a team, but can also work independently.

Included with this e-mail is a copy of my resume for your review and consideration. Once you have had an opportunity to review my resume, please contact me if you have any questions or to arrange an interview. I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.

Thank you for your time,

First Last
Phone:
Email:

Example # 4: If you’ve been at your current position for less than one year.

Dear Sir/Madam:

Please allow this introduction. My name is Jane Smith, and I have 12 years of legal secretarial experience working with managing partners of small, mid- and large-sized law firms. My current typing speed is 105 wpm from written form and 120 wpm from live dictation with the utmost accuracy. I am interested in the Litigation Secretary position advertised on your firm’s website.

I am currently working for a small civil litigation firm. However, after only 11 months in this position, the financial stability of the firm has significantly changed. Therefore I am seeking long-term tenure with a stable civil litigation firm.

Attached please find my resume and list of references. If you are interested in the professional skills and positive attributes I can contribute to your firm, please contact me at [phone number] at your convenience to schedule an interview.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Respectfully,

First Last
Phone:
Email:

Example #5: If you want to be dazzle the hiring manager with your qualifications.

Dear Recruiting Administrator:

Do you need a hardworking, creative and conscientious paralegal to meet your firm’s needs? If so, I can help you. The following is a summary of my qualifications:

  • More than ten years of progressively responsible legal experience;
  • Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Business Administration;
  • Exceptional verbal, written and analytical skills;
  • Advanced computer skills;
  • Outgoing personality and “can-do” attitude.

I would like to meet with you to discuss how I might assist your firm in fulfilling its present needs. My resume is enclosed for your review. If you need someone who is highly motivated, eager to learn, and willing to work hard to succeed, please contact me at [phone] or via e-mail: [email].

Thank you for your time and consideration,

First Last
Phone:
Email:

These examples are meant to be a starting point only – add your own voice, style and experience to make your own standout (or at least solid) email cover letter.

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Samples of the Best Cover Letters

Cover Letter Examples Listed by Type of Job and Letter

When applying for a job, you should always include a cover letter. Even if a job listing does not specifically request a cover letter, it can be a terrific way to summarize your skills and experiences, and explain (in more detail than a resume) why you are an ideal candidate for the job.

It's important to write a letter that specifies what makes you one of the best candidates for the position. Your cover letter should be well written, and should be targeted to the position for which you are applying.

Make connections between your experiences and the skills required to excel in the job. Your cover letter is one of the first thing the hiring manager will see (along with your resume), so make sure it grabs the reader’s attention.

Use these cover letter samples to get ideas for your own cover letters, so you can show employers why you should be selected for an interview.

How to Use Cover Letter Samples

Cover letter samples are a great place to start before writing your own letter. Read through some of the samples below, focusing on ones related to your industry.

These samples can help you format your letter. They can also give you ideas for the language you might want to use, and the information you should include.

However, be sure to customize your letter to fit your own skills and experience, and the job for which you are applying. You can also alter the format of a resume example. For instance, if the example has three paragraphs, and you only want to include two paragraphs, you can do so.

Also be sure to read this list of tips for writing a strong cover letter, and this detailed cover letter guide. If you are having trouble with a particular section of your cover letter, check out these articles on cover letter salutations, cover letter closings, and parts of a cover letter.

Best Cover Letter Samples

Review an alphabetical list of great cover letter examples listed by occupation, as well as by type of cover letter.

 Use these examples to get ideas for your own cover letters.

A - E

·       Academic Advisor

·       Academic Cover Letter

·       Academic Cover Letter (science)

·       Administration/Business

·       Administrative Coordinator

·       Admissions Counselor

·       Applying for More Than One Job

·       Arts

·       Assistant

·       Athletic Director

·       Biomedical Engineer

·       Block Format Cover Letter

·       Business/Technical (with referral)

·       Camp Counselor

·       Career Change

·       Cold Contact Cover Letter

·       College Graduate

·       College Graduate

·       College Student

·       Communications

·       Communications Director (email cover letter)

·       Construction Management

·       Consultant

·       Cook

·       Customer Service

·       Database Administrator

·       Development/Museum Position

·       Director of Operations

·       eCommerce

·       Editorial

·       Editorial Assistant (email cover letter)

·       Education

·       Education/Alternative Education

·       Email Cover Letters

·       Employee Referral

·       Entry Level (analyst)

·       Entry Level (finance) 

·       Entry Level (marketing)

·       Event Planner

F - M

·       Faculty Position

·       Finance Internship

·       Flight Attendant

·       Freelance

·       Front End Web Developer

·       Golf Caddy

·       Hair Stylist

·       Higher Education Communications

·       Information Security Analyst

·       Informational Meeting Request Letter

·       Internal Marketing (with referral)

·       Internship

·       Job Promotion Cover Letters (communications and retail)

·       Job Transfer Request Letter

·       Job Transfer Request Letter Example (relocation)

·       Legal

·       Letter of Interest

·       Letter of Interest

·       Librarian

·       Lifeguard

·       Market Research Analyst

·       Marketing Assistant (college student)

·       Media Relations (college graduate)

N - R

·       Nanny

·       Networking Cover Letters

·       Occupational Therapist

·       Office Assistant (part-time)

·       Organizer

·       Part-Time Job

·       Photographer

·       Physical Therapist

·       Programmer Analyst

·       Promotion

·       Prospecting Letter

·       Receptionist

·       Recruiting Manager

·       Referral

·       Referred by a Contact

·       Request a Meeting

·       Research Technician

·       Retail Management

S - Z

·       Salary History

·       Salary Range

·       Salary Requirements

·       Sales

·       Sales Associate (summer)

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