If you want to highlight your management experience:
“In total, I manage 14 employees within 4 departments.”
If you need to further explain what type of position:
“My position can best be defined as a District Manager with significant store management responsibility in the flagship location.”
If you want to showcase a relevant academic achievement:
“I was the recipient of the Booker T. Washington Scholarship, which is granted to all graduate students with over a 3.95 GPA.”
If you are describing a territory that demonstrates you can handle a significant sales radius:
“I handle a 15-mile radius of sales territory in my district.”
If you are an educator and wish to show the significant teaching course-load that you are able to handle:
“I teach 15 credits of college English courses to more than 120 students each semester.”
If you want to indicate a degree that is relevant to the position you are applying to:
“Also, I hold an M.S. in Forensic Science”
If you want to indicate a certification that would make you more marketable for the position:
“Finally, I have Massachusetts English Teacher Licensure for grades 5-8 and 9-12.”
If you are describing a dollar amount within your achievement that shows you can make a significant amount of sales on a monthly basis:
“My monthly sales average is 2 million dollars of residential real estate.”
If you are describing a dollar amount that you feel would be noteworthy:
“I also single-handedly increased sales by $40,000 to $50,000 in each of my last three sales positions.”
If you wish to list a publication that demonstrates your scholarly work in your field:
“I am proud to have also published a paper in 2016 in ‘The Philosophical Quarterly’ entitled ‘The Problem of Ethics’.
If you wish to showcase your language skills because the customer base at the company to which you are applying is likely to speak a different language:
“Finally, I am fluent in three languages: Arabic, French, and English.”
If you wish to indicate specialized computer skills that an IT job is seeking:
“I am able to code in SQL, C#, Java, C++, and Python.”
If you wish to show how you saved your company money, thereby demonstrating your efficiency:
“As a final note, I streamlined our company’s supply chain process, resulting in a savings of over $400,000 in three years.”
If you wish to indicate an accolade or honor that differentiates you from others in your field:
“I am also the proud recipient of the 2014 NSPE Distinguished Service Award.”
If you think that your online presence will augment your credibility:
“I have also obtained a four-star rating from Angie’s List.”
Free Cover Letter Templates for Microsoft Word
A good cover letter can mean the difference between catching the hiring manager’s attention and languishing in job search limbo. But many job seekers find it hard to stare down that blank page. How do you summarize your most important qualifications in way that makes it clear that you’re the best candidate for the job?
Cover letter templates can help. A template will give you a "fill in the blank" format you can use to create your own letter to send with your resume when you apply for a job.
It will save you a few steps and help you structure your letter in a professional way.
Free Microsoft cover letter templates are available online from Microsoft Office Online, as a download for Microsoft Word users, or are available within your Word program, to use to create cover letters for jobs. Note that not all templates may work with all versions of Word, so check before you download. There will be a message next to the download button advising if there are restrictions.
Not a Microsoft user? Google Docs also has free template samples available for letters and resumes. Using any of these templates can help you to feel confident that you are properly writing and formatting your cover letter.
Free Microsoft Word Cover Letter Templates
There are a variety of templates available for Microsoft Word. Template options include general cover letters and both job- and career-specific cover letter samples.
For example, there are cover letter templates for professionals, temporary workers, and candidates who are sending in their resumes unsolicited.
Microsoft Word also offers a variety of different cover letter template designs, with resume templates to match. Note that if you choose one of these fancier template designs, you’ll want to choose a resume template to match.
It’s important to be consistent in your application materials, whether it’s matching your cover letter to your resume or choosing a font or format. Ideally, your experience should stand out to the hiring manager, not your stylistic choices.
To Access Cover Letters From Your Computer:
Open Microsoft Word, then click on:
Then, search for online templates by typing your keywords (e.g., “cover letter”) in the field provided.
How to Access the Microsoft Cover Letter Templates
If you don’t own a copy of Microsoft Office or a subscription to Microsoft 365, you can still access cover letter templates via Microsoft Office Online. These templates are free and editable online.
Visit the Microsoft Cover Letter Templates website, browse the cover letter templates, then click on the title to preview the sample. You'll need to sign up for a free account to edit the document.
Once you find a template you like, click Edit In Browser, then follow the instructions to customize and save your cover letter.
There are also sets, which include matching resumes and cover letters, available to use.
Use the Template to Create a Customized Cover Letter
Once you have downloaded or opened a cover letter template file, type over the text in the file to create your own, personalized cover letter.
The template will include all the relevant information that you need to include in your document. Simply change the generic version to include your personal and professional information.
It's a good idea to include additional details about your qualifications and experience. Take the time to match your qualifications to the job description. Include keywords related to your skills and achievements.
To customize your cover letter further, look for a contact person at the company, ideally the hiring manager or HR contact, and address the letter to this person. If you have an employee contact at the company who is willing to refer you, be sure to mention them as soon as possible in the cover letter. Employee referrals carry a lot of weight with hiring managers.
Double-check to make sure there is none of the template information left in your final saved version.
Carefully proofread for grammar and typographical errors before saving and sending your cover letter.
To avoid sending a blank template or the wrong version of your cover letter, choose a file name that’s easy to remember. It should always include your name, and may also contain the name of the position to which you’re applying. Avoid version numbers and cutesy nicknames.
More Templates for Resumes and Letters
More Microsoft Letter Templates
Microsoft letter templates are available as a free download for Microsoft Word users or are available within your Word program, to use to create a variety of letters. There are letter templates for cover letters, resignation letters, reference letters, thank you letters, interview letters, and a variety of business letters.
Microsoft Word Resume Templates
Microsoft resume templates are available as a free download for Microsoft Word users to use to create a resume. Microsoft Word resume options include basic resumes, job-specific resumes, and career-specific resumes.