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Writing your resume and cover letters can be a challenge and you may not know where to begin. One of the best ways to find inspiration is to browse examples for similar job positions and skill sets.

Below you will find a variety of samples for job applicants. These will give you an idea of the skills and experience you want to highlight when writing your own resume, as well as how to write a cover letter in your industry of choice.

Take a look at a few of the examples and make notes about what you like more about each. Note how the writer uses keywords to grab the hiring manager's attention and what makes the candidate stand out.

Review Resumes and Cover Letters Samples

When writing your cover letter and resume, don't be bashful. These two pieces of paper are your opportunity to show off your skills and personality. Keep it professional, but sell yourself! Use these examples to get suggestions for your own interview winning job application materials.

Administrative Jobs

Administrative assistants, receptionists and office managers perform many of the same tasks. These examples will help you write your own cover letters and resume for any of these positions.

Keep in mind that employers often look for strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as the ability to work independently and efficiently when hiring for these positions.

Highlight your strengths in these areas and be sure to note any relevant experience.

Business and Finance Jobs

The world of business and finance is very complex, and there are a variety of jobs available in these industries.

The following cover letter and resume examples can inspire your own no matter what position you are seeking in this sector.

The key to writing an effective cover letter and resume for the business world is to play up your strengths and experience. Your cover letter should give one or two specific examples demonstrating how you helped your previous employer gain a competitive edge or meet a goal. Your resume can be tailored to highlight your strengths and experience in the best light, so be sure to look at the targeted and functional examples as well.

Communications Jobs

If you are in the business of communications, then your resume and cover letters had better be the best a hiring manager will see! This is, after all, your career and if you cannot sell yourself properly before you get the job, it puts your value to their team in question.

Grammar and spelling should be perfect, and you can use your cover letter to show off your writing and communication skills, giving it your unique voice.

Use these examples as a framework and build on them while making sure that you include your most valuable experience.

Construction and Maintenance Jobs

Skilled trade jobs in construction and maintenance require a detailed resume and cover letter highlighting your experience. These examples will give you an idea of what to include, no matter if you're a journeyman electrician, a construction site manager or anywhere in between.

The ability to troubleshoot problems, demonstrate high technical skills and work efficiently and independently are most important in these trades.

Be sure to highlight those in your cover letter with any supervisory experience. Don't forget to include all certifications and affiliations in your resume as well.

Education Jobs

Working in education can be very rewarding and it is important to convey your experience in your cover letters and resume. When applying for a position, highlight your unique and most important skills because this can be a very competitive job market, especially when the pay is above average.

Be sure to research the school that you are applying to before writing your cover letter so you can add a little enthusiasm to demonstrate why you want to work there. Also, include any teaching experience you have - summer sessions as well - particularly if you're just starting out. 

Hospitality Jobs

It is becoming more common for cooks and waiters to apply for jobs with a cover letter and resume instead of a simple application. This is especially true if you want to work in high-end restaurants.

Customer service and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment are key to all of these positions, be sure to highlight those in your experience. Chefs will want to show off their skills; consider mentioning a particular dish that was a hit at your last position.

Professional bartenders and others in the hospitality industry can also use these examples.

Information Technology Jobs

Jobs in IT are very technical and your cover letters and resume should reflect your technical expertise. Use the examples to get an idea of formatting and what details you need to include.

Remember that this field is very competitive and you need to stand out from the other applicants. Because your resume may look like others, pay special attention to your cover letter. Give examples of how your work improved the company you worked for or met a specific challenge.

Retail Jobs

Showing off your experience in retail is an important part of applying for a new job. Hiring managers often look for employees that have a background with strong customer service and merchandising skills as well as those they can trust with money.

Whether you are seeking a management or sales floor position, your cover letters and resume should detail your work experience. Formatting your jobs in chronological order, beginning with the most recent position is used most often in retail.

Summer Jobs and Internships

Young people may not have the work experience to fill up an entire resume, but there are ways to supplement that when you need to write a cover letter and resume. Include volunteer experience, school activities and other accomplishments.

Employers don't expect teens and college students to have a lot of jobs listed, instead, they are looking for self-starters and reliable employees. Capitalize on that and use these examples as inspiration.

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Food Service Industry Cover Letter Samples

Waiter, Waitress, Server

For the food service industry, cover letters should highlight the candidate’s customer service abilities, their knowledge of a particular type of cuisine, and their adherence to food safety and sanitation guidelines. If you are able to demonstrate these key attributes, restaurant owners will certainly call you in for an interview.

Customer Service & Retail Industry Example Cover Letters

Retail

Call Center, Phone & Support

Hotel, Hospitality & Transportation

Client Services

Since customer service is such a broad category, we offer a variety of letters from different areas of the field. The key to getting a job in customer service is to showcase your ability to upsell and retain customers. Click on any of the samples above to learn how to display these abilities in your cover letter. 

Office Worker & Administrative Assistant Cover Letter Examples

Assistants & Office Managers

Clerical Workers

Human Resources

The responsibilities of administrative assistants and office workers are often quite similar across different companies. So the challenge is to find a way to differentiate yourself from other candidates. One way to do this is to emphasize your organizational skills through measurable achievements, such as the money or time you saved with your initiatives in a previous position. Take a look at how the examples above accomplish this.

Housekeeping Industry Example Cover Letters

We provide two versions of a cover letter for a housekeeper: one for a candidate with experience and one for an entry-level housekeeper. So no matter how much experience you have, our examples will help you get started.  

Janitor & Maintenance Worker Samples

Janitors must demonstrate their concern for safety and accident prevention in order to be considered for the position. Use our experienced and entry-level examples to guide you on how to include these traits in your letter.

Nursing & Healthcare Cover Letter Samples

Nursing & Social Care

Dentistry

Pharmacist 

Whether you want to get a job in nursing, dentistry, or pharmaceuticals, we have a sample that applies to your career path. Careers in the healthcare industry require a wide range of experience and education. Technical skills, licenses and certifications, and the ability to communicate effectively are a few of the top qualities to include in your cover letter. 

Marketing & Sales Example Cover Letters

If you’re applying for a job in marketing or sales, you’ll need to highlight key performance metrics. Employers will be looking for you to elaborate on the projects that were mentioned in your resume and the results that were produced.

Engineering Samples

We offer samples for 4 different kinds of engineers. Find your career track and discover how to best format your own letter. No matter what engineering track you are on, your cover letter needs to highlight problem solving skills and the ability to meet quality standards.

Teaching & Education Example Cover Letters

Our teaching and education samples are great for job seekers who are just starting their career or for those that need help showcasing their wealth of experience. Although our sample is for an english teacher, the format can be used for a teacher of any subject.

Construction Industry Examples

Working in construction usually entails being able to use a wide variety of tools and equipment while also having knowledge numerous construction techniques. Make sure you mention the equipment you have used and the different techniques that you are familiar with. 

Accounting & Finance Cover Letter Samples

We offer five different examples within the accounting and finance industry. Quantifiable/numerical achievements are extremely important when it comes to applying for an accounting job. Check out the samples to see how the candidates discuss their accomplishments. 

Driver & Transportation Examples

Drivers

A truck driver cover letter should focus on the years of driving experience, the type of vehicles you have operated, and your specific state and national licenses. Click the sample above to see how our job candidate lists this information.

Librarian Samples

Whether you are just starting your career as a librarian or are looking for a senior position, we have a sample that will help you tailor your own cover letter. Click on the position above that applies to you.

Information Technology (IT) Cover Letter Examples

When applying for an IT job, you will likely need to get through an HR representative who might not be well-versed in the technical aspects of the position. Keep this in mind when writing your cover letter and consider toning down the technical language.

Art and Music Samples

Art & Design

Music

Writing a cover letter for an industry as abstract as music and entertainment can be difficult. Instead of focusing on numerical achievements, you’ll have to focus your letter towards a portfolio of specific projects or performances. Use our letters above for inspiration.

C-Suite & Executive Cover Letters

Executives

C-Suite executives have extensive industry experience and their cover letters must go beyond a list of duties and facts. Their cover letters must reflect an ability to fit within an organization. Our cover letter examples and tip sections will help you communicate a strong profile to boost to your candidacy.

Real Estate Industry Examples

For a job in real estate, you’ll need to highlight your ability to market to prospective home owners as well as your drive to reach sales quotas. Our real estate agent letter does all of this and much more. Click the link above to learn how to write your own.

Law Enforcement, Security & Fire Cover Letters

Legal

Law Enforcement & Security

In this section we offer cover letters for those in the legal space and law enforcement. Click the position that you are in and learn about exactly what you can highlight in your cover letter to make you an outstanding candidate.

Student and Internship Cover Letters

Students often have the hardest time writing a cover letter because they lack professional experience. The key for students is to focus on relevant coursework, internship experience, and skills you might have gained from working a part-time job.


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