Writing a good cover letter to accompany your resume when applying for a job can mean the difference between going into the stack of resumes to be considered for the job versus the reject pile. In fact, writing a cover letter is an art in itself. Each job that you apply to needs its own cover letter, therefore you need to develop the skill of customizing each and every cover letter that you send or deliver in your job search.
Before you begin to learn exactly what it takes to create a great cover letter, you should read a wide variety of such letters. So where do you even begin to find cover letter examples? There are multiple sources for such examples. Remember that you should never copy a letter from any source. Plagiarism is easily detected.
You can find endless examples of good, bad and average cover letters by doing an online search. There are many web sites that specialize in just cover letters. Some of them charge a fee for you to access their data banks of cover letters while others are completely free of charge. In many cases you will get what you pay for. The free sites tend to have relatively few examples of cover letters, while pay sites may have as any as hundreds of examples.
Sites dealing with job searching in general will also have cover letter examples. Because they deal with such a vast amount of information, and because there are so many things to consider when it comes to job searching, you will typically not find as many examples of cover letters as you would in a cover letter specific web site.
If you are looking to apply for a professional job and need to create an impressive cover letter the best place to find relevant examples is on web sites specific to your field. Nursing cover letters are very different from engineering cover letters or sales cover letters or even doctor cover letters.
You can find examples of such letters from books on the topic. Any library or bookstore will have a selection of books on resume writing, cover letter writing and business writing. Any of these types of books will provide what you need.
If you are just finishing college, your faculty may be able to provide you with help in this area. The department you belong to may have a file of cover letter examples that you can learn from.
Be sure to remember that the cover letter must be tailored to every single job you will apply for. Therefore it is constantly different and constantly evolving. You will find that the letter you start your job search with may not resemble the one you finish with. Someone else’s great cover letter may be a useful guide for you as you formulate your own cover letter, but it will only be a guide. No two people have the same experiences; therefore, cover letters are definitely not a one-size-fits-all product. They are not even a one-size-fits-all-jobs product.
Jason Kay recommends downloading professional sample cover letters to help you write your cover letter and using the web to start your job search.