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5 Types of Cover Letters for Jobs

Different Types of Cover Letters for Jobs


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When you are job hunting, it's important to choose a type of cover letter that is appropriate for how you are applying for a job or requesting job search assistance.

There are different types of cover letters including application letters, letters of interest, and networking letters. The cover letter you use will be determined by whether you are applying directly for a job or seeking job search help.

General Types of Cover Letters

  • Application Letter. An application letter is written to apply for a specific job opening. (sample cover letters)
  • Referral Cover Letter. A referral cover letter mentions the name of a person who referred you to a job (sample referral cover letters)
  • Letter of Interest. A letter of interest, also known as a prospecting letter, inquires about possible job openings at a company. (sample letters of interest)
  • Networking Letter. Networking letters request job search advice and assistance. (sample networking letters)
  • Value Proposition Letter. A value proposition is a brief statement explaining what makes the candidate unique. (sample value proposition letters)

More specifically, your cover letters should be targeted to the jobs you are applying for and you should choose a different type of cover letter if you are requesting a meeting, applying for more than one job, or sending a cover letter to a company that has not advertised job openings.

Here are examples of the different types of cover letters you'll need to use, depending on how you are applying for a job.

Different Types of Cover Letters Examples

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