The Best Cover Letter Templates for 2023

Are you looking for a professional cover letter template to make a great first impression? We’ve got you covered with our professionally designed cover letter templates. When you opt for our premium templates, you can access our Cover Letter Builder’s pre-written industry-specific content and unlimited customization.

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Why use LiveCareer cover letter templates?

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    Pre-written content

    You can use our cover letter templates with the Cover Letter Builder to get personalized content suggestions for all your paragraphs, or start with our ready-made cover letter examples.

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    Unique designs

    Our cover letter templates come in various creative yet professional designs. Show off your personality while remaining work-appropriate with our customizable cover letter templates.

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    Easy to use

    Our cover letter templates have an auto-save feature to save your doc from a computer crash. And the user-friendly customization tools make editing fonts, margins and line spacing easy.

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    Downloadable in multiple formats

    Don’t limit yourself! You can download our cover letter templates in various formats, including whichever format the recruiter requests. Download your cover letter in PDF, DOCX or TXT, SVG or JPG.

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How to use our cover letter templates

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    Click the cover letter template that catches your eye to get redirected to our Cover Letter Builder. Once inside the Builder, you’ll have the option to edit the cover letter template you picked. You can also build your cover letter from scratch or upload your existing resume so the Builder can use that information to create your cover letter.

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    Once you answer a few simple questions, such as your desired job, your years of experience, and your top three skills, the Builder will automatically write a full-page cover letter made just for you.

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    Finalize any details like resizing the font, widening the margins, changing the colors of your template or anything else you want to do to make the template your own. Once you’re satisfied with the result, download it in your preferred file format, and your cover letter is good to go!

What to write in a cover letter template

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  • Header

    This section goes at the very top of your cover letter and must include your full name, phone number, email, city and state where you’re located.

  • Greeting

    Begin your letter by adequately addressing the recipient. Always try to get the hiring manager’s name or your potential direct supervisor. A simple “Dear Hiring Manager” will suffice if you can’t find a name.

  • Opening paragraph

    Begin your cover letter with a paragraph establishing who you are and why you’re interested in that particular job opening. Mention any critical skills or relevant experience that help you stand out.

  • Body paragraphs

    The body of your cover letter should consist of one or two paragraphs; you can even format it with bullet point sentences. You can provide more context to the achievements you outlined in your resume or take advantage of the cover letter to mention accomplishments you couldn’t fit into the resume.

  • Closing paragraph

    End with a strong closing statement summarizing your candidacy for the role and request that the employer follows up with an interview — finally, sign with your name.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a different cover letter for every job?

For the best odds of landing an interview (and getting hired), it is best to write a different cover letter for every application. While there will be similarities between your letters, how you describe your qualifications should be tailored precisely to the role you’re applying for.

How should I choose a template design?

Our best advice when choosing a template design is to pick one that visually reflects each company’s culture.

How do I write a cover letter for an online application?

There are different ways hiring managers request cover letters for online applications. Some request you upload it as an attachment, along with your resume. Others may ask you to write your cover letter in a text box within an online application form. Occasionally, hiring managers will ask you to send your resume via email, with the cover letter as the body of the email. No matter its delivery method, the fundamentals of how to write a cover letter remain the same.

Do cover letters go through ATS?

Companies use applicant tracking systems for keyword assessments on resumes and cover letters. While it is important to include correct industry terms, you should use them sparingly. Recruiters notice formulaic language and if popular terms are thrown in without consideration for the context of your letter.

How should I format the layout of my cover letter?

Cover letters have five basic sections: your contact information, company contact information, an opener, a body paragraph (or two), and a closure that solidifies your interest in the position.

It is standard to format it as a business-style letter — double-spaced, with a clean, readable 10 to 12-point font and a one-inch margin all the way around.

What format should I download my cover letter in?

Most applicants submit cover letters as PDFs, but hiring managers may request it in a Word document, plain text, or another format — whatever format is most convenient for them. You can download our cover letters as any of the file types mentioned here.

About the Author

Gabriela Hernandez

Gabriela Hernandez Career Advice Contributor

Gabriela Hernandez is one of LiveCareer's resident writers. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a degree in Journalism. Throughout her career, she has tackled copywriting, blog articles, journalistic writing, academic writing, resume writing, and even prose and verse.


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