7 Ways to Write a Winning Cover Letter (With Examples)

Advice by the experts, examples by me.
Note: I am still seeking employment.


Forbes

ON EFFICIENCY
The package says microwave 1–2 minutes, but I always do it in 1

FOR A BOUTIQUE RETAILER
but don’t let my lack of personal style fool you —

FOR A STARTUP SEEKING “PEOPLE WHO HUSTLE”
I am a diva, which, by Beyoncé’s definition, also makes me a hustler

Work It Daily

ON MY QUALIFICATIONS
I got a perfect score on the PSAT, which

ON GRAPHIC DESIGN
earning a rave review from Brian D’Arcy James for my design of Shrek the Musical

ON SOCIAL MEDIA
My Tweet about PMS got 27 likes and

Work It Daily

ON GRAPHIC DESIGN
Some people visit Pornhub — I visit DaFont.com

ON POSITIVITY
I’ve smiled through experiences that made me wonder if Sartre was right about the whole “hell is other people” thing

FOR A COMPANY OF INDISCERNIBLE FUNCTION
Your website is sleek and mysterious. I, too, am sleek and mysterious

The Muse

FOR A JOB ON LATE-NIGHT TV
I am vastly underqualified for this position, Mr. Colbert, but I wanted to see if you are available for marriage

ON BENEFITS
the seductive prospect of “catered Friday lunches”

ON MARKETING
I once put on pants just to walk to Dunkin’ Donuts as a direct result of the quiz “Which Donut Are You?” I would love to join the team that creates such inspiring branded content

Forbes

FOR A JOB AT TED
I suffer from the kind of voracious curiosity that racks up hundreds of dollars in library fines

ON MARKETING
the final selling point is often personal. For instance, I chose Nikon because Veronica Mars shoots Nikon (no shade at Canon, but my long-term goal is to solve crimes on TV)

FOR A PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRM
I once told Adrian Grenier to order a whiskey ginger, and he did

LinkedIn

AFTER LEARNING THAT COVER LETTERS ARE “LIKE FIRST DATES”
Look, I need commitment if this thing is gonna work between us

AFTER LEARNING THAT COVER LETTERS ARE “LIKE FIRST DATES”
Should we tell our kids we met on Monster.com?

AFTER LEARNING THAT COVER LETTERS ARE “LIKE FIRST DATES”
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Forbes

FOR A COMPANY JUST LOOKING FOR “GREAT PEOPLE”
I love dogs, I am reasonably cute, I have a cantaloupe and I will share it with you

ON MY PERSONAL BRAND
feminism and Dunkin’ Donuts,

FOR A COMPANY THAT KEEPS PUPPIES ON-SITE
Life as a twenty-something has many challenges. Lack of puppies shouldn’t be one of them.