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Sample Cover Letters
Choose the Letter That Best Suits Your Needs.

Here you will find several sample cover letters that you may use as guidance while you write your own letter. The four types of cover letters are:

  • Application Letter
  • Prospecting Letter
  • Networking Letter
  • Referral Letter

Sample Cover Letter # 1

Application letter: This is the most common cover letter and is used to apply for a specific, advertised job. This situation fits the majority of job seekers.

2356 W. Mayfield Lane
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 555-1245

July 18, 2010

Mrs. Catherine Johnson
Operations Manager
CXC Corporation
123 S. Oak Street
San Diego, CA 92107

Dear Mrs. Johnson:

Please accept the attached resume as evidence of my interest in applying for the benefits manager position as advertised on your website.

My resume clearly shows that I have qualifying skills and abilities that perfectly match a position such as this. They are:

  • Extensive experience in all aspects of benefits administration,
  • 8 years of experience managing teams of up to 20 employees,
  • An innate ability to coordinate benefits programs while ensuring 100% compliance to the standards of an organization.

Thank you very much for taking the time to review my resume. I would like to meet with you to discuss my sincere desire to contribute to the continued growth and success of your company. I will call you next week to arrange a meeting. Should you have any questions, please contact me at (619) 555-1245. I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.


Lisa Smith

Enclosure: Resume

Note: Although the application letter is the perfect option to apply for a specific job, I highly recommend that you still consider the other three types of cover letters as well.

The next three sample cover letters can help open opportunities outside of jobs are advertised. This increases your potential for finding the job that is right for you.

Sample Cover Letter # 2

Prospecting letter: This letter is use to seek out opportunities or ask about potential job openings, when there is not a current openings.

23645 Fountain Street
Chicago, IL 60612
(847) 555-4503

July 18, 2010

Mrs. Bernard Robinson
Customer Service Director
WXY Corporation
456 S. Oak Street
Schaumburg, IL 60193

Dear Mr. Robinson:

Last evening, I was researching career opportunities in my area that had a customer service focus. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that such opportunities exist at WXY Corporation.

I have spent the last five years in a supervisory role and have advanced customer service skills. I have a sincere desire to provide a superior customer experience in every interaction. I have led multiple projects, taught Advanced Customer Service Skills classes, and developed and implemented new policies and procedures.

I am currently looking for a challenging opportunity that requires the use of customer relations skills, while allowing me to develop and advance within the organization. I have enclosed my resume for your consideration. I sincerely believe that once you have reviewed my experience and qualifications, you will agree that my skills and experience can easily benefit your organization.

I would welcome the opportunity to introduce myself and discuss my credentials with you in a personal interview. Please expect my telephone call in the coming week to arrange such a meeting or you may call me anytime at (847) 555-4503.


Steven Johnson

Enclosure: Resume

Sample Cover Letter # 3

Networking letter: This letter is used to gather information.

2906 N. Glenwood Terrace
Atlanta, GA 30310
(404) 555-0789

January 18, 2010

Mrs. Mary Smith
Program Manager
Professional Working Women
789 S. Oak Street
Atlanta, GA 30310

Dear Mrs. Smith:

Thank you again for the valuable insight you provided after the Working Women Seminar yesterday. You answered several questions for which I had not been able to find answers.

Currently, I am looking for a new opportunity that will allow me to use my skills in health and wellness programs. After attaining a bachelor's degree in Exercise and Wellness, I completed the Nutrition and Wellness Consultant and Weight Management Consultant certifications. My contributions to the health and wellness industry have been significant, as is evidenced by a solid track record of guiding women in their quests to live healthier lives.

Please understand that I am not applying for a position with your company. However, perhaps you may have suggestions about companies who offer rewarding career opportunities. This would enable me to locate an organization that could benefit from my skills and experience.

Enclosed is a copy of my resume. Again, I am simply seeking advice or information that will help me decide in which area I should direct my job search efforts. Please expect my telephone call in the coming week to arrange a brief meeting at a time convenient for you or call me anytime at (404) 555-0789.


Valerie Richardson

Enclosure: Resume

Sample Cover Letter # 4

Referral letter: This letter is used to refer to a mutual contact or refer reader to a prior meeting.

776 Oak Road
Orlando, FL 32806
(321) 555-4523

July 18, 2010

Mr. James Williamson
Operations Manager
BCD Corporation
1011 S. Oak Street
Orlando, FL 32806

Dear Mr. Williamson:

I am writing at the recommendation of a mutual acquaintance, Valerie Richardson, who suggested that I contact you concerning job opportunities as a business manager. Please accept the attached resume as evidence of my interest in applying for such a position with BCD Corporation.

My enclosed resume clearly shows that I have a variety of skills and abilities that correspond to the position, as follows:

  • Considerable experience in the insurance industry, supported by a formal education and specialized, industry-related training.
  • 10 years experience managing teams of 12-15 sales representatives.
  • A sincere desire to contribute to the continued growth and success of your sales organization.

After you have the opportunity to review my resume, I would like to meet with you to discuss how I can effectively contribute to your organization. I will call you next week to arrange a meeting. Should you have any questions before scheduling an appointment, I may be at (619) 555-1245.

Thank you very much for taking the time to review my resume, and I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.


Robert Williams

Enclosure: Resume

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Research assistant cover letter

View this sample cover letter for a research assistant, or download the research assistant cover letter template in Word.

As a research assistant, you pull information from a variety of sources to craft compelling evidence—your cover letter acts in much the same way. To be considered for top research assistant jobs, your cover letter must demonstrate your skills and experience, as well as your passion for your work. For writing tips, view this sample cover letter for a research assistant, or download the research assistant cover letter template in Word. 

Additionally, you can look for research assistant jobs on Monster.

Research assistant cover letter template


Matthew Billings
Sometown, WA 55555 | (555) 555-5555 | mb@somedomain.com

October 4, 2017

Dr. Rhonda Franklin
Clinical Director
ABC Company
5700 Peninsula Ave.
Sometown, WA 55555

Dear Dr. Franklin:

I am writing to apply for the research assistant position advertised on Monster. I was intrigued when I read your report in International Journal of Oncology Science on the innovative use of nanoparticle-based therapeutics for cancer treatment, and would like to contribute to ongoing research in this specialty.

My background includes three years of professional research experience, including my current role as a graduate research assistant at DEF University’s Cancer Research Center and prior experience as a cellular biology research intern for XYZ Corp¾a world leader in cancer research and treatment.

At DEF University and XYZ Corp, I gained exposure to research in gene cloning and electrophoresis. I mastered various blotting techniques; performed complex, cell-based assays; and become skilled in the use of flow cytometry (FACS) technology to complete advanced cell sorting, cell counting and biomarker detection. In each role, I earned commendations for the quality of my research, including data collection, quantitative analysis and results interpretation.

My academic credentials include a BS in cellular and molecular biology and an in-progress MS degree in the same, which I expect to complete this summer. Technical skills include Python, R, MATLAB and Tableau.

Having lost family members to cancer, I share ABC Company’s mission to find a cure. I want to continue contributing to research efforts furthering this important cause, and would welcome the chance to join your team.

To schedule a meeting, please call me at (555) 555-5555 or email mb@somedomain.com. Thank you for your time.


Matthew Billings
Enclosure: Résumé


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