Cover letter examples for a job application

Are you ready to write a cover letter for a job application? On this page, you can find a format to follow and two cover letter examples. You will be able to download the cover letter examples in Word and change them to suit your own application.

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Cover letter examples – a good format to use

First let’s look at a basic format that works well for all job application cover letters. You can create your own cover letter following this format.

[Your contact information]
Street address, city, state, zip code
Phone number | Email address


[Employer contact information]
Street address, city, state, zip code

Dear Mr./Ms. [last name],

[First paragraph]
The first paragraph of your letter should say why you are writing. Mention the position you are applying for. Include the name of a mutual contact, if you have one. Be clear and brief regarding your request. Your goal in the first paragraph is to convince the reader that they should give you the interview or appointment you are asking for.

[Middle paragraphs] 
The next section of your cover letter should describe what you have to offer the employer. Show connections between your abilities and the employer’s needs.

You can use several shorter paragraphs or bullet points rather than one large block of text so that your letter is easy to read.

  • If you use several paragraphs, try to add new information instead of repeating what you already said repeating it.
  • Support your statements with examples if possible.

[Final paragraph]
Conclude your cover letter by thanking the employer for considering you for the position. Include some information about why you like the company. Mention that you look forward to hearing from them and talking more about the position.

[Choose any one of these]
Sincerely/Kind regards/With best wishes

[Space for your signature here]

[Your typed name]

Now let’s apply the format above to some sample letters. One of the cover letter examples below is suitable for a job that requires professional qualifications. The second of the cover letter examples would be more useful for an entry-level job or one that does not require professional skills.

Cover letter examples – a sample letter for a professional job

Here is a sample letter for job requiring professional qualifications or training. It follows the format above. Of course, you will need to change the words to fit you and your job application. But it shows how you can use the format in a letter.

Ada Eboh
Lousville, Kentucky, 98776
707-303-4445 |

August 7, 2019

Tallulah Jones
Hiring Manager
TRP Tech
456 West 3rd Avenue
Lousville, Kentucky, 98776

Dear Ms. Jones,

I was excited to see that you are looking for a Sales Manager at TRP Tech. I am very interested in this opportunity and believe that my qualifications in software sales, customer service, and management experience make me a strong candidate for the position.

I am an ambitious and experienced professional with a strong track record of reaching sales targets and mobilizing teams in reaching their goals. In 2016, I exceeded my sales goals by 20% while our company was going through an acquisition and a time of very high employee turnover.

As you can see from my attached resume, I have more than 10 years of experience managing multicultural teams. I also have significant experience in recruitment, interviewing, and sales strategy.

When I was a Sales Director with, I developed and executed innovative strategies and built partnerships. All this was done while leading and training a team of six employees. I developed an onboarding training plan that is still used by the company eight years later.

I firmly believe that I can be a valuable asset to your team. I strongly admire TRP Tech’s commitment to innovation and well as your commitment to investing in your community. I welcome the opportunity to discuss this position with you, and I would love to leverage my experience to help TRP Tech achieve its goals.

Thank you in advance for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Ada Eboh

Cover letter examples – a sample letter for an entry-level job

Here is a cover letter example for a job that does not require professional qualifications or training. It follows the same format. Again, you will need to change the words to fit you and your job application. But it shows how you can use the format for any type of job.

Ada Eboh
Lousville, Kentucky, 98776
707-303-4445 |

October 12, 2019

Meghan Sibbery
Willow Creek Elementary
123 Rosewood Avenue
Lexington, Kentucky 99123

Dear Ms. Siberry,

I saw that Willow Creek Elementary is hiring an administrative assistant. I think that my work experience and skills make me a great candidate for the job. I was referred to you by Zhou Xun, whose son goes to your school.

I have three years of experience working in offices. I have supported financial analysts and have worked at schools. During my time at Beijin Huwien School, I kept the records of more than 1,000 students organized. I updated files very day. Also, I helped to plan two school fundraisers and a dance.

In my last job as an administrative assistant at China Finance Online:

  • I answered phones and welcomed guests;
  • I printed our monthly reports and scheduled meetings for a team of 20 every week;
  • I took and sent out meeting notes and handled travel reservations.

I think all these skills would be useful in a busy office like yours.

I appreciate your school’s strong curriculum. I think my skills in organizing, filing, and research would be a huge help to your staff. I enclose my resume and look forward to meeting you and talk about this position.

Thank you, and I hope to hear from you soon.


Ada Eboh

Download the cover letter examples

You can download these cover letter examples. When you click the link, the document will automatically go to your downloads folder. The templates are in Word. You can use them as a base for your cover letters by changing the words to apply to you.