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Best Modern Cover Letters That Have Produced Immediate Job Interviews

Updated on August 30, 2016
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Ms. Inglish is an award-winning Employment & Training pro with regional records and tens of thousands placed into gainful employment.

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Are you still waiting for an interview, Mister?
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Modern Resumes After 1995

Since 1995, it has been my pleasure to teach effective Resume Preparation classes that have included effective Cover Letters, Thanks You Letters, and Portfolio Documents.

In addition, I have prepared hundreds of these documents for resume services as well as a growing number of individual clients.

A well prepared Resume provides a quick and enticing snapshot of the job seeker in just a few seconds, but an effective Cover Letter is often the key document that convinces the potential employer to call in that job candidate for an interview.

The following are two of my more recent cover letters that have gained immediate interviews for job seekers. Client and employer information has been changes in order to protect their privacy.

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Letter For A House Director

Sorority House Director

Christmas can be intense on Greek Row!
Christmas can be intense on Greek Row! | Source

The following cover letter resulted in a request for interview within two days after it was received by Snailmail. The job candidate was hired within 30 days.

Note that the language of the first paragraph may seem a bit stiff and formal, but it is fitting for the employer, a Sorority in the university Greek System.

The second version is formatted for cut-and-paste into an online application form.

The Word Document for Email Attachment or Snailmail


The Online Version To Submit, If Required

Alice D. Barton

4444 Juniper Lane ▪ Cambridge OH 43725 ▪ ▪ (740)123-4567

May 14, 2010

Angela Hydrox, Executive Director

Delta Able National Housing Corporation

333 North Street

Athens OH 45701


Re: House Director Position #12345

Dear Ms. Hydrox:

Please consider my enclosed resume in application to your advertised position of House Director for Delta Able Sorority at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. You will see that I have educational experience and professional background in areas that are well suited to this position. Human Development and K-12 Teacher’s training, along with extensive experience, provide substantial skills for dealing effectively with the operations of a campus sorority facility. They also prepared me to serve its diverse membership and to oversee its various routines that include dining requirements, counseling, conflict resolution, and special events.

From my experience in education, food and dining services supervision, and children’s life skills development, I can provide your Athens Chapter of Delta Able with positive results like those recognized by all of my former employers. They have all gained recognition, saved costs, and gained profits or funding from my direct contributions. I also offer the drive to excel and to create a smoothly running and welcoming facility for members and the university community. With these skills, I can help bring Ohio University to an increasingly higher status within the Greek System as well as among top American universities and colleges.

Specific to operating a sorority and residential facility, I have been successful in larger-scale school food and dining operations for a number of years. Skills such as sanitation, maintenance, ordering and inventories; hiring, training, and managing staff, and facilitating large groups all apply to operating a busy residential facility and help suit me to this interesting position.

Please contact me at either my phone: (740)123-4567 or Email: so that we may set a date for a personal meeting to discuss my experience and potential contributions to Ohio University. Thank you, and I very much look forward to meeting you soon.

Sincerely Yours,

Alice D. Barton

Letter For A Special Events Planner

Special Events Planner


The example below yielded an interview within a week of receipt and the job candidate was hired within 45 days in the university setting.

University and university related positions can require 30 to 90 days to result in a hire, because of state and federal procedural requirements set into place by related funding and governing boards.


The Cut-and-Paste Online Version


1776 Arcade Way, Worthingfield 43222 - 3344

CELL: 614.123.5678


June 19, 2012

Ms. Karen D. Grentile

The Student Union, University of Michigan

1444 N. Union Street

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Dear Ms. Grentile:

With nearly a decade of documented success in planning and coordinating events; directing staff, students and volunteers; and breaking sales and fundraising records, I am very much interested in the position of Senior Event Planning Coordinator of the Michigan Student Union.

For five years, I have served as an effective House Director for Ipsi Delta Fraternity at The Worthingfield State University, with consistent recognition from my superiors and the Collegians that we serve. During this tenure, I have amassed detailed expert knowledge about the University, the Union, and high profile event planning in an internally recognized collegiate setting. I have also worked with the Salvation Army to coordinate national events that surpassed fundraising goals.

I also have received the following comment of recognition for my achievements:

Your implementation of our Rush Week Events yearly makes recruitment an ongoing unqualified success

-- Ipsi Delta Fraternity at The Worthingfield State University

Detail-oriented, organized, and an optimum communicator at all levels, I inject confidence and enthusiasm into my team building strategies that result in smooth event operations, positive customer feedback, and consistently growing numbers of customers. Overarching these skills is my consistent provision of unexcelled customer service. My employers will testify that I can handle multiple projects to outcomes greater than expected, both on time and under budget, all with exemplary customer satisfaction.

I intend to contribute to the future success of your organization in the follow ways:

  • Successfully plan, implement, coordinate, and monitor event timelines, agendas, schedules, and materials, and AV materials and presentations on time and within budget.
  • Establish and maintain superior levels of communication with speakers, participants, staff, students, volunteers, vendors, and administrations of the University and its departments.
  • Analyze feedback from evaluations, debrief staff, build teamwork, and make improvements.

I am eager to join your events team and welcome the opportunity for you to review my credentials in a personal interview. Please contact me at either 614.123.4567 or in order to schedule a meeting.


Mark Duchen

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© 2012 Patty Inglish


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    • KellyMediaBest profile image

      KellyMediaBest 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      I love getting advice from interview and resume topics from people who critique for a living. This kind of information real helps people like me who are in the market for jobs right now, and who can apply all of this kind of information directly to finding a job. These cover letter examples are awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Hope it comes in useful. Glad to see you here, Angela!

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      Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

      You are so right -- the cover letter is of vast importance! I've been on both the submitting and receiving end of cover letters/resumes and the cover letter is the first "attention getter" and so important. Thanks for all the good tips and information. Best/Sis

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Glad to be of service; I'll be adding more from time to time. Thanks for commenting!

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      Mark McClean 5 years ago from South Bend, Indiana USA

      A hate writing cover letters. Your two examples will help the next time I write one. Thanks for the informative Hubpage!

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      Frieda Babbley 5 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Patty this is really helpful. A cover letter makes a world of difference, and engaging who you're trying to impress is really really important. Great topic. This hub goes well with those other two hubs you wrote that you linked to towards the top there. I recommend people check those out too for sure.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for reading and commenting, then! I think everyone is busy with back to school and work and other things today.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Super advice you offer here--I can't believe I'm the first to comment!