A cover letter sample is exactly that—a sample. Use this sample as inspiration but don’t copy it entirely. You never want to submit a cover letter that looks exactly the same as your competitor’s cover letter (or a cover letter sample you find online). You must differentiate yourself.
When you write a cover letter for a business role, here are some best practices:
- Be professional. Unless the company requires a “sense of humor,” keep the jokes and puns to a minimum (but still integrate your personality).
- Quantify your achievements. In business, data is superior. Integrate numbers throughout your cover letter.
- Be concise. Clear communication skills are essential in any business role. While it’s smart to tell a story in your cover letter, don’t ramble on, and on… and on.
Many business roles require the following skills: supervision, hiring, training, evaluating, implementing budgets, preparing reports, assessing progress, conducting research, and preparing presentations. All of these tasks help streamline business operations and increase the bottom line.
Check out how to integrate these skills in the cover letter sample below:
Don’t forget to read our accompanying business resume samples here.
123 Client Road
San Jose, CA 12345
San Jose, CA 12345
Dear Ms. Sarah Booker,
When I discovered the business role with XYZ Company, I was excited by the opportunity to contribute to an innovative organization. In May 2016, I graduated with a B.B.A. from University College. I am passionate about developing business-to-business partnerships with eco-friendly companies. My academic background, supervision experience, and communication skills have prepared me well for this position.
Academic background. I studied business administration with an emphasis in human relations. The following courses have prepared me for a role with XYZ Company: Group Communication, Diversity and Inclusion, and Professional Ethics.
Supervision experience. In my current role with ABC Organization, I supervise 2 part-time interns. I set clear expectations and emphasize the importance of collaboration. I have the necessary skills and experience to lead a team of 3 communications coordinators with XYZ Company.
Communication skills. Effective communication is central to my work. In the past two years, I have written and distributed bi-weekly, 4-page newsletters to an international team of 435 managers across 8 countries.
I am excited by the chance to contribute to your organization and would excel at maintaining and developing relationships with prospective clients. My enclosed resume expands on my experience. I would be thrilled to join your diverse team of professionals. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.