Job hunting is not as easy as hunting for bush rabbits. And for most of us that choose the non-entrepreneurial path, it’s often difficult to make it to the point of being call-up for interviews.

Because having a good, well-written CV/resume is sometimes not enough to make the hiring manager notice you… you need a good and well-written cover letter to augment your CV except otherwise stated. But even when you are told to only forward your Cv, you still shouldn’t send a blank email with only your CV attached. But instead, include a few things about yourself and why the hiring manager should be convinced you’re the right candidate for the job.

A cover letter does what your CV cannot do. A cover letter is an important way to showcase how your unique combination of skills (included in your CV/resume) and experience meet the key requirements of the position the hiring manager is looking to fill.

And so, you should use your cover letter to show a clear link between your:

  • knowledge.
  • Experience.
  • Abilities and the needs of the employer.

A good cover letter will help you get called for an interview. And can even get you hired immediately without an interview.

And in this article, I’ll show you some cover letter examples, which will make you stand out and get noticed by hiring managers. 

Note: your cover letter has to be written by you – outsourcing is a bad idea. The examples in this post should not be lifted word for word. It’s a guide for you to have an idea of what should be in your unique cover letter.

But before we get to that…

Let’s look at the five things that should NEVER be in an ideal cover letter:

Your Personal Problems

No hiring manager wants to know what problem you are facing. Everyone has their own problems, including your employer. For this reason, an ideal cover letter should not sound like someone is reading your personal diary. If you are interested in the job position because a family member is ill or you need accommodation sorted, hiring managers don’t want to know that. They could have as well gone to pick anyone by the roadside asking for help. Do you want to get noticed? Skip your personal problems.

Your Lack of Experience

Even if you don’t have any experience for the job, your cover letter should not scream ‘I don’t have any experience’. This is not what the hiring manager wants to read. To avoid your letter being trashed, avoid writing in clear terms that you don’t have any experience.

Your Mistakes

It is true that no one is perfect. But the last thing your potential employer wants to read in your cover letter is the mistakes you have made in the past. Even if your job appointment was terminated in a previous organization on account of something you did, you don’t have to write that in your cover letter. 

Your Salary

The salary you are expecting to receive should not be in an ideal cover letter. Some companies add the salary range for the job in the vacancy description. Other companies do not. Even if the salary was not included, your cover letter should not be where you ask for the salary amount.

Too much Informal Language

This sounds like common knowledge. But it is not. Even though you don’t want to sound like a robot in your letter with excessive formalities, you also don’t want to appear unserious. You are writing to a hiring manager, not your ex-classmate. Even though the job is in the entertainment industry, it is not a license to go informal. 

That said, here are five cover letter examples that will get you noticed:

Example 1

Dear (Insert Name of Hiring Manager)

Your job vacancy stating that a Secretary is needed in your company, (Insert the name of Company) caught my attention. 

This is so because of my qualifications and experience as a Secretary with XYZ company and ABC company.

My (Insert number) years of experience as a Secretary with the aforementioned companies is fit for the work experience stated in the vacancy. 

My contributions to the companies above have been rewarded on different occasions as I have received the ‘Employee of the Year’ award twice in both companies.

My resume also covers my exploits as a Secretary.

I look forward to discussing how I bagged a First-Class degree in Secretarial Science with you. 

Yours sincerely,

(Your name)

Example 2

Dear (Insert name of the hiring manager)

With five years of work experience as a radio broadcaster, it pleases me to indicate interest in working in your company.

On seeing that you require a radio broadcaster skilled in voice over and news anchoring, I am glad that it is exactly my area of specialization. 

In my second year as an on-air personality, I received two nominations namely OAP of the year for Youth Awards and Best Voice Over Artist for the ACP Awards.

Attached is my resume for your perusal. 

Thank you as I anticipate to discuss the latest rudiments of news anchoring with you.

Yours sincerely,

(Your name) 

Example 3

Dear (Insert name of the hiring manager)

Your vacancy which states that you are in urgent need of a skilled and creative graphic designer has been brought to my knowledge via Instagram.

As a skilled graphic designer with over four years’ experience in handling the branding of JSF Company and several other clients, I believe I am well equipped to occupy the position in your organization.

My ability to work efficiently in a progressive environment as yours is also an added advantage.

I look forward to sharing my experience handling the branding of Reality TV show winner, Johnson, with you.

Thank you for your consideration.

Yours sincerely,

(Your name)

Example 4

Dear (Hiring Manager)

As someone who has demonstrated a lot of passion for photography, I seek to add my value and contributions to your company.

My ability to use Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Captivate, and Adobe Photoshop/Photoshop Lightroom will be of added advantage to your organization.

In my portfolio, I have still shots and edited videos in the diverse field and studio environments. This is a requirement highlighted in the internship vacancy.

My video is that which has gone viral on Twitter for capturing the Vice President’s speech in Lagos. 

I have also completed a course in digital photography.

Thank you in anticipation of your reply.

Example 5:

Dear (the hiring manager)

Upon completing my course in Fashion Design from the (Insert Institution name), I have taken interest in your vacant role, Fashion Design Assistant.

My experience in the Fashion Design industry dates back to 2017 when I was appointed the Fashion Design Assistant for XYZ Company.

This was after I got shortlisted for the role because of my designs which have been made into exquisite pieces by popular fashion brands, OPL and BNR.

My ability to create designs that will catch the attention of celebrities will be an added advantage to your company.

I look forward to your response to my designs and pieces. 

Thank you for your consideration.

Writing a good cover letter is easy and you can start with any of the examples in this article. Just remember to edit every part and relate it well to the position you’re applying for.

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