Best Generic Cover Letter Template: Greetings, Skills, Example

If you’re looking for a generic cover letter to help meet the needs of a job application or maybe for your career or job fair, we’ve got you covered. Cover letters don’t have to be long in length to be impactful. In fact, simple cover letters with a shorter word count can often time before more impactful.

Here’s everything you need to know in order to get yourself a great cover letter.

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What Greeting Should I Use For My Cover Letter

Your opening greeting is a tough one. Most people go with “To Whom It May Concern” but that isn’t always the best option. Here are some better options for opening greetings when thinking through your cover letter:

Keep it simple. Keep it personalized. Try to avoid using “To Whom It May Concern” as that could be caught by SPAM indicators and send your job application into the SPAM folder of my Applicant Tracking Systems.

Related: To Whom It May Concern (2019): Capitalization, Sample Letters, Expert Tips

Your Cover Letter Format

The format of your cover letter should always be the same. You’ll need to include your contact information and prior experience or recently graduating bachelor’s degree as part of your header. Then the body of your cover letter and then the ending to your letter.

Here’s what your header should look like:

John Smith
123 Ridge Lane, New York, NY 11211
john@smith.com
888-888-8888
VP of Product at Apple Computers

And when you begin your cover letter, start with the greeting. It should look like this:

John Smith
123 Ridge Lane, New York, NY 11211
john@smith.com
888-888-8888
VP of Product at Apple Computers

Dear Hiring Manager —

Then begin your cover letter body and don’t forget to close the letter with a warm and sincere salutation. Something like, “Thank you so much”

Include your written signature if you can, as this adds a professional detail that shows you’re willing to go the distance to put your personalized stamp on the cover letter.

Here are some letter closing salutations you can use:

Related: How To End A Letter: Examples Of Salutations, Closings, Sign Offs

Don’t Forget To Include Skills or Accomplishments

If you can, try to include at least one accomplishment as part of your cover letter. Something that makes you stand out. For example, “Accomplished a net decrease in customer service tickets in Q4 2018 by 17%. Did this by improving the usability of our customer support portal.”

Something like that will be largely impactful to your cover letter. Be sure it’s aligned with the job function you’re applying for. If you can, mention a few skills as well. Something like “listening skills” may seem easy enough but they’re valued quite heavily.

Here are a few skills you can use:

Generic Cover Letter Template

Here’s a generic cover letter template you can use to craft your own version. Be sure you replace this information with something that’s personalized and targeted to your work history and personal life story.

Ryan Smith
123 Road Lane, New York NY 11211
ryan@smith.com
630-777-7777
Prior Role: VP of Product at Apple, Inc.

Dear Hiring Manager —

I’m interested in applying for the position of Sales Engineer at House, Inc. The company holds something dear to my heart as the passion for children and education is something I wish existed when I was younger. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend school until much later in life due to coming from a poor family. This is something I’m particularly passionate about changing for our future generations and I’d love to join your mission.

I look forward to interviewing with you. If you have any questions for me, I’d love to help answer them.

Thank you so much,
Ryan Smith

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams.

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