The ability to write with a clear purpose such as to inform or request information. Use appropriate sentence structure, punctuation, wording, and tone.
Complete this self-assessment to help you understand your writing strengths and areas for improvement.
Different cover letters serve different purposes. Choose the cover letter type that matches your situation. *Cover letter builders may require a fee
Invited Cover Letter
Use this format when responding to an ad or other listing. It matches your qualifications to the position requirements.
> Invited Cover Letter Sample (41KB, .pdf)
> Invited Cover Letter Sample - No Paid Work Experience (48KB, .pdf)
> Posted Ad Cover Letter Sample (59KB, .pdf)
The Cold-Contact Cover Letter
Use this format to contact employers who have not advertised or published job openings.
> Research the employer to find out specifics about the company. Then focus the cover letter on matching your qualifications with that research.
> Cold-Contact Cover Letter Sample (40KB, .pdf)
The Referral Cover Letter
Use this format if you were referred to a job opening through networking, informational interviews, or contact with employers. A referral may be to a specific job opening (advertised or unadvertised) or to an employer who may or may not be hiring now. Make sure you mention the person who referred you.
> Referral Cover Letter Sample (44KB, .pdf)
The Job Match or "T" Cover Letter
Use this format to match the specific requirements of the job with your qualifications. You can learn about the requirements from a job ad, position descriptions, phone conversations, career research, and informational interviews.