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Create a cover letter that convinces a hiring manager or recruiter you’re the best candidate for the job with our Cover Letter Builder. Our templates and writing tips will get you hired!

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While your resume gives your potential employer important information about your job history and skills, a cover letter provides more insights into who you are and how you can use your abilities to benefit a company. With our job-specific writing suggestions and wide range of templates, our Cover Letter Builder will provide you with a letter that expresses who you are, with class and style.

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Why you should use our cover letter maker

It’s not enough to just send in a generic cover letter with each job application. Recruiters and ATS (applicant tracking systems) will scan your letter for specific keywords and phrases that show them you have the right qualifications for the job. Our Cover Letter Builder makes it easy to create multiple versions of your letter, to fit different job opportunities.

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  • Write your best cover letter in just minutes

    A cover letter builder makes crafting a personalized cover letter easy, so you don’t have to write dozens of documents from scratch. The ResumeHelp cover letter builder breaks a letter down into easily digestible chunks, so you can customize specific sections as needed.
  • Receive cover letter help for your job and industry

    Every job is different so along with our easy cover letter generator, we have hundreds of cover letter examples that help you create a letter for your specific industry. Whether you’re an artist or a nurse, our cover letter examples and text suggestions will give you what you need to match what the job wants.
  • Get expert advice on cover letter do's and don’ts

    Our ResumeHelp cover letter experts know what hiring managers are looking for. We’ll walk you through the cover letter creation process and provide job-specific suggestions every step of the way.
  • Choose from 23 unique cover letter templates

    Since recruiters have such a short time to review so many applicants, having a cover letter template with bold pops of color and professional, easy-to-read fonts can make all the difference. ResumeHelp’s cover letter creator offers 23 cover letter templates, from contemporary to classic, so choose the cover letter style that suits you best. Plus, you can change your cover letter style at any time, based on your preferences and the type of job you’re applying to.
  • Fix grammatical and spelling problems for an error-free cover letter

    Nothing kills a cover letter faster than grammatical mistakes and spelling issues. If you want to ensure your cover letter looks professional, ResumeHelp’s tools will help you check for these errors early on so your finished product is error-free and polished.

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A cover letter generator for every situation

Our free Cover Letter Builder is a great tool to create different types of business letters. You can write a reference letter, letter of intent, cold cover letter or a letter of interest to set you apart from other job seekers. We also have hundreds of top-class cover letter examples for different jobs and industries you can use as inspiration.

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FAQ: Cover Letter Builder

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What is the purpose of a cover letter?

The general purpose of a professional cover letter is to convince a hiring manager or recruiter that you are the best candidate for that dream job. Going beyond that, a cover letter is a great way to introduce yourself and provide additional information that won’t fit into a traditional single-page resume. It serves as a primer for your job interview and can help you make a quality connection with a potential employer.

What makes a good cover letter?

Your cover letter should cover basic information, including your contact information, why you’re applying for the job in question and what makes you the best candidate. But a really good cover letter also expresses why you’re excited about the job opportunity and provides key details about your skills and career that incentivizes the recruiter to read your resume and consider you for an interview. Do this by showing connections between your values and the company’s culture, as well as highlighting unique qualifications and career achievements that fit what the job (and employer) needs.

Do I need a new cover letter for each job application?

Yes, you should have a different cover letter for every job application. Recruiters want to see cover letters that accurately address what the company is looking for in a new employee and generic cover letter content creates the wrong impression and may hurt your chances of getting the job.

Tailoring your cover letters for each job application is also useful because of applicant tracking systems (ATS), which employers sometimes use to scan job applications for job-specific keywords found in the original job listing. If your resume and cover letter don’t contain those keywords, the ATS will reject your resume outright.

What is the correct way to structure a cover letter?

A cover letter should not just be a word-for-word rehash of all the information in your resume. Think of using it as an elaboration of your resume and follow the standard cover letter format:

1. Header: This is where all your contact information goes, typically with your name a little larger than the rest of your information so the recruiter sees your name before anything else (as you’ll see in our templates). You’ll want to include your name, phone number, email address, physical address, and LinkedIn profile if you have one.

2. Salutation and opening: Use the hiring manager’s name rather than “To whom it may concern.” Introduce yourself, mention the job you’re applying for and give an overview of your credentials. This is where you’ll typically list top accomplishments that can catch the manager’s attention.

3. Body paragraphs: Here, you’ll explain why you’re a good choice for the job you’re applying for. Explain how your skills, work experience and knowledge all align with what the job listing is looking for.

4. Call to action: Use this section while wrapping up your letter to express your strong interest in the position and your desire to discuss your application further in an interview.

5. Closing: Request an interview, reiterate why you believe you’re the right choice for the job and thank the hiring manager for their time. Then use a formal sign-off.

This general structure is basically how you’ll formulate every cover letter.

Using ResumeHelp’s cover letter builder will help you stick to this structure with all your cover letters. Using the cover letter builder, you can quickly produce a cover letter for every job listing, showcasing what a specific job listing values and customizing your cover letter for each job.

For more tips on the cover letter writing process, see our How to Write a Cover Letter page.

How should my cover letter complement my resume?

Your cover letter should complement your resume in both look and content. Avoid repeating information; instead, expand on the skills and work experience highlighted in your resume by talking about how your specific skills fit what the job needs, and explaining what inspired you to apply.

When you use a cover letter and resume that have a consistent “look,” it shows that you’ve put care into your application and helps you stand out from other job seekers. At ResumeHelp, we have dozens of resume resources available to help you create a strong job application. Our Resume Builder has resume templates that pair well with our professionally designed templates, as well as other helpful tools, such as spell-checking, expert suggestions and formatting help.

Should I try to explain employment gaps in my cover letter?

Typically, you don’t want to draw attention to your employment gaps. You can discuss these employment gaps if the potential employer mentions them in your interview. If you bring up the gaps yourself, you’re opening yourself up to many questions right off the bat. For this reason, it’s almost always best to focus on your qualifications and relevant experiences in a cover letter. (Be prepared to discuss the topic if it comes up in a job interview.)

The exception to this is if you can explain an employment gap in a way that makes a positive impact on a hiring manager. For example, if you’re applying to work at a charity that helps support people who need at-home care and you have a three-year gap in your employment because you had to provide at-home care for your spouse, mentioning it in your letter is a way to build credibility.

How can I choose the right cover letter template?

The cover letter builder at ResumeHelp includes 23 different cover letter templates, which means there are many different options to choose from. Still, it’s important to remember that cover letters tend to be relatively uniform in layout, compared to resumes, so you don’t have to pore over the differences too much.

Remember, it’s very easy to switch between cover letter templates with ResumeHelp’s Cover Letter Builder. Choose a template that catches your eye when you load up the builder. If you decide that it doesn’t end up fitting your needs, you can change it to something that does at any point.

What is the best cover letter builder online?

With tons of options, it might be hard to find the best cover letter generator. At ResumeHelp, we’re here to help! Our online cover letter builder is a comprehensive, easy-to-use tool that allows you to create a professional letter in just a few minutes.

After choosing a template, we’ll give you expert suggestions and advice to create the perfect cover letter for your specific job title. You can choose from the options that best fit your needs and simply edit them to make them your own. If you have an existing cover letter, you can also upload it and easily edit it.

Our free cover letter generator also lets you create a cover letter for multiple jobs and download it in a different file format, including PDF and Word.

How do I create a cover letter?

There are five key components you should include in your cover letter (along with your full name, phone number and links to professional social media like your LinkedIn profile): a business-style header, an introduction that clearly states why you’re interested in the role, body paragraphs that use metrics to highlight your qualifications, a catchy call to action and a professional sign off.

Remember, a great cover letter is like a great resume — they should both be appropriate to the job posting they are intended to support. Make sure your cover letter format is organized and in line with your other documents. If you want assistance building a great cover letter, you can use ResumeHelp’s online cover letter builder.

Choose one of our cover letter templates that best fits your job title and create a cover letter quickly in just a few minutes.

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