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Cover letter template for a job application

A cover letter can make or break a job application so it’s critical to get it right.  Whether your letter is being read by HR or the hiring manager directly, there are several important boxes you must tick.  This guide provides a free cover letter template and explanation of what you need to know to have the best shot at being selected for an interview.

The cover letter template below is designed to be customized with your own personal information and submitted with your resume to an employer.

 

Cover Letter Submission - lady hands in cover letter

 

How to use this cover letter template

This cover letter template was designed to help make your application process as smooth as possible.

You can simply follow the steps below to make the most of this guide:

  1. Copy the cover letter template below and paste it into a Word Doc, Google Doc, or email
  2. Change all of the personal information at the top to be your own
  3. Edit and customize the paragraphs so they include your work experience, skills, and other points you want to highlight
  4. Ensure the formatting looks good and that the font matches your resume
  5. Proofread, spellcheck, and grammar check multiple times
  6. Send the cover letter along with your resume to the employer (and consider a cover email as well)

 

Cover letter template

 

[Your Name]

[Your Street Address]

[Your City, State/Province, Country]

[Your Phone Number]

[Your Email Address]

[Optional: Your LinkedIn Profile]

 

[Today’s Date]

 

[Employer Contact Name]

[Employer Title]

[Employer Company Name]

Dear [Employer Contact Name],

 

[This is the opening paragraph of your cover letter template. Start by introducing yourself and explaining why you are writing, what position you are applying for, and why you are excited about the opportunity.  Be sure to include your current position/situation, the title of the job you are applying for, and one or two reasons why you’re excited about the opportunity.]

 

[This is the second paragraph of your cover letter template.  In this section, you want to explain why the employer should hire you, what skills you bring to the table, and why you’re a good fit for the company. Be sure to include: all your skills and previous experience that are relevant to the job, your personality traits and soft skills, and why you would be a good culture fit for the company.]

 

[This is a third and optional paragraph of the cover letter.  If the above section on skills, experience, and culture fit is too large for one paragraph, then break it into two sections.  It’s generally better to use shorter rather than longer paragraphs with a cover letter, as employers are often too busy to read them in detail.  Only use this additional paragraph if you think you need it in your cover letter.]

 

[This is the closing paragraph of your cover letter template and it should be direct and to the point.  Highlight any key points you want to reiterate from earlier in the letter and then indicate how and when you will follow up with them.  Be sure to include a thank you for their time and consideration, how and when you will follow up with them about next steps, and a reference to the fact your resume is enclosed as well.]

 

Sincerely,

 

[Image of Signature]

[Your Name]

 

Download cover letter template #1

Thank you for reading this CFI guide – please download the cover letter template from this article and use it however you see fit!

 

Free Cover Letter Template #1 Download

 

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Clean Cover Letter Template

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Additional cover letter templates to download

The above example is extremely clean and simple.  If you’re looking for something with a little more flair, check out these additional templates that you can download as well.  A word of caution: using a highly stylish letter may work well in some industries (marketing, social media), but not in more traditional industries (investment banking, law, accounting).

 

Template #2

Download the Line Cover Letter Template.

Line Cover Letter Template #2

 

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Line Cover Letter Template

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Template #3

Download the Creative Cover Letter template.

Creative Cover Letter Template #3

 

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Creative Cover Letter Template

Download the free Word Doc template now to produce your personalized document!

 

How to send the cover letter & resume

Once you’ve completed all of the above steps (copied and pasted the cover letter template, added your own personal information, etc.), then it’s time so send it to the employer.

There are several ways to submit your letter and resume:

  1. Email (as an attachment)
  2. Company website (upload)
  3. Job posting website (upload)
  4. Via a friend or someone you know at the company (best option!)

 

Document formats for your cover letter template

You can create the letter in a variety of formats including:

  • Microsoft Word Document
  • Google Doc
  • PDF (most recommended option!)

 

Video cover letters

This guide has focused on a traditional approach to cover letters, which is a written document.  This is by far the safest approach and what is recommended for most industries.

Alternative methods are gaining popularity, including making a video cover letter.  Video cover letters are higher risk but also have a higher ability to really wow the company you’re submitting it to.

Read about video interviews, which are becoming popular as well!

 

The best cover letter ever

If you want some more tips on how to write the best cover letter ever, how about looking to the best university ever, Harvard.

Read this post from the Harvard Business Review about the best cover letter ever received.

 

Additional resources

Thank you for reading CFI’s guide to a cover letter template.  To help you advance your career, CFI has created these additional, helpful resources:

  • Resume templates
  • Interview questions (and answers)
  • Networking skills
  • How to get a job in

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