Use This Cover Letter Template to Apply for a Job

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A  is an important part of almost any job application. While a offers a thorough look at your background, skills, and education, the cover letter is your opportunity to point out information that makes you well qualified for the position at hand. Think of the letter as making the case for your candidacy. And, while resumes tend to be a bit dry, listing information in bullet points, a cover letter has room to be more engaging. 

Just like a resume, though, cover letters have a distinct format and style. Hiring managers have certain expectations when it comes to both the details included within a cover letter, and how the letter is organized. If you do not adhere to the standard format of a cover letter, you will appear unprofessional and it could torpedo your application. 

Take a look at the following cover letter template, which lists the information you need to  you submit with your resume. Use the template as a guideline to create  to send to employers. Plus, read on for tips on how to use a cover letter template effectively. 

Tips for Using a Cover Letter Template

A  helps you with the layout of your letter. Templates also show you what elements you need to include in your letter, such as introductions and body paragraphs.

While you should follow the template, you can customize the body paragraphs to suit your needs. For instance, the template lists just one body paragraph, but if you need to have two paragraphs, adjust accordingly. Or, if you feel bullet points are the most effective way to convey your qualifications, go ahead and use them. 

Keep in mind that there are slight — but significant — differences in the cover letter format if you're sending your letter as a hard copy or attached letter, or if you are sending it as an email. You'll find an email cover letter template below as well. 

Cover Letter Template

Contact Information
The  or header of your cover letter should include information on how the employer can contact you. If you have contact information for the employer, include that. Otherwise, just list your information.

Your 
Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email Address

Date

Employer Contact Information
Name
Title
Company
Address
City, State Zip Code


Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

Body of Cover Letter
The lets the employer know what position you are applying for, why the employer should select you for an interview, and how you will follow-up.

First Paragraph:
The  of your letter should include information on 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 concise regarding your request. Your goal is to convince the reader that they should grant the interview or appointment you requested in the first paragraph.

Middle Paragraphs: 
The next section of your cover letter should describe what you have to offer the employer. Make strong connections between your abilities and the employer's needs. Mention specifically how your skills and experience match the job you are applying for. Remember, you are interpreting your resume, not repeating it. Try to support each statement you make with a specific piece of evidence. Use several shorter paragraphs or bullets rather than one large block of text so that your letter is easy to read.

Final Paragraph: 
Conclude your cover letter by thanking the employer for considering you for the position. Include information on .

State that you will do so and indicate when (one week's time is typical).


Respectfully yours,

Signature:
Handwritten Signature (for a hard copy letter)

Typed Signature

Sample Cover Letter

This is a cover letter sample.  (compatible with Google Docs or Word Online) or read the example below.

Screenshot of a cover letter example
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Sample Cover Letter (Text Version)

September 1, 2018

Thalia Washington
9 Beacon Street
Appleton, WI 07987
555-555-5555
twashington@email.com

Helen Jackson
Director of Human Resources
Ultimate Beauty
289 Oxford Avenue
Wellington, WI 09419

Dear Ms. Jackson:

I am writing to you today to apply for the open position of social media marketing manager. My colleague, Ms. Anna Boston, told me about the job opening and has offered to provide a letter of reference.

I have a bachelor’s degree in digital media from Northern State University and three years experience as a social media assistant at Glamour Box. During my time at Glamour Box I have learned how best to utilize all forms of social media, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

For the past year I have been responsible for managing the Glamour Box Instagram account and since my hiring our engagement numbers increased by 35 percent.

Additionally, I enjoy working with like-minded people and I am ready to take on a management position in your company. I love a challenge and I know I can help take your social media presence to the next level.

Thank you for your time and for considering me for the position. I have included my resume and will follow up with an email next week to see if I can offer any more information.

Sincerely,

Your Handwritten Signature (for a hard copy letter)

Thalia Washington

Sending an Email Message

When you are sending your letter via email include the reason you are writing in the subject line of your message:

Subject: Thalia Washington – Social Media Marketing Manager Position

List your , rather than in the body of the letter:

Sincerely,

Thalia Washington
9 Beacon Street
Appleton, WI 07987
twashington@email.com
555-555-5555

Review an Email Template

Email cover letters have a slightly different format than printed or uploaded cover letters. For example, in an email cover letter, you put your contact information at the bottom of the letter, not at the top. You also do not include the employer’s contact information or the date at the top.

Just like any other cover letter, it is useful to look at a template when writing an email cover letter. Read here for an , and , too. 

Create a Personal Cover Letter Template 

are available for a variety of circumstances. Add your personal information to the template to create cover letters you can use for a variety of types of job applications. Like Microsoft Word, that you can use when writing your cover letter. Just fill in the template with your personal information, and save the document in your account.

Review Sample Cover Letters and More Tips 

Along with using a cover letter template, you might also review  and read advice on  to get ideas on writing your own cover letter. Plus, discover our , so you can make sure yours is effective.