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Cover Letter Examples Listed by Career Level

Cover Letters for Students, Entry Level Candidates, Management, Professionals


Writing a cover letter from scratch can be a difficult task, but drawing on sample cover letters is a great way to get started! It's a good idea to look at cover letters relevant to your career field and level of experience, and then use the sample cover letters as inspiration for your own cover letter.

Here are cover letter examples listed by career level including cover letters for high school students, college students, and graduates, entry level cover letters, cover letters for summer jobs, management and professional cover letters, and more examples of cover letters for resumes.

High School and College Student Cover Letters

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Crafting a cover letter as a student can be challenging, as your experience is likely to be education-related. However, employers know that students may have limited career experience, and also look for your involvement in related academic fields, volunteer experience, relevant course work and research, extracurricular activities, and any entry-level employment you may have held, so be sure to mention these (if relevant) in your cover letter. These cover letters and cover letter templates are especially for high school students, and college students and graduates seeking internships, summer jobs, and full-time employment.

Entry Level Cover Letters

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When you are applying for an entry level position, composing a cover letter can be a challenge because you may not have a lot of work experience. However, it's fine to highlight your non-employment related experience in your cover letter if it's relevant to the job, and drawing on your real-life experience or activities similar to the position is a good way to illustrate that you're a good fit for the position. Here are a variety of entry level cover letter examples to help you get started.

Management Cover Letters

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When you are writing cover letters for management positions invest the time to ensure that your letters clearly define your management skills and abilities and differentiate you from the competition. Because you are applying for for a management job, it's important to focus on your leadership accomplishments and achievements, and you may also discuss your management strategy as well as anecdotes related to your success. Review samples of management cover letters before you start working on your own management cover letter.

Cover Letters Listed by Career Field / Industry

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Review cover letter examples listed by occupation, industry and career level, including administrative, business, customer service, education, entry level, information technology, management, retail, sales and marketing and more examples of cover letters for resumes. Reviewing cover letters specific to your field is a great way to start writing a successful cover letter.  Then customize your cover letters so they showcase your credentials for the job you're applying for.  The more you personalize your letters, the better the impression you'll make.

Cover Letters Listed by Profession

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Review cover letters for a variety of different professions and types of jobs to use as a starting point for writing your own personalized cover letters. Use a cover letter specific to your profession as a starting point, and then tailor it to include your own personal experiences, interests, and abilities relevant to the job you are applying for.

Summer Job Cover Letters

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The following summer job cover letter examples and cover letter templates can be used for summer job applications. Be sure to personalize your letters to reflect your experience and interests, and remember to mention your relevant experience, as well. Review these summer job cover letters for more information on how to write a cover letter that will score you that summer job!

Types of Cover Letters With Examples

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There are several different types of cover letters for resumes, and the type you choose to use may vary based on your experience, your interests, and the job you are applying for.  Review the different types of cover letters, including application letters, inquiry letters, referral cover letters, prospecting letters, and other types of letters used to apply for jobs or inquire about jobs, plus examples of each type of cover letter and when to use them.

Cover Letter Samples and Templates

Review more cover letter samples for a variety of employment situations. These sample letters and templates provide job seekers with examples of cover letter content, format, and style that will work for almost every job seeker.

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