This cover letter template matches a resume template that you can also download for free from our CareerManager site. If you’re using the combination format for your resume, to either highlight specific skill areas or industries of expertise, this cover letter style will be effective. Your design elements will be consistent, and you can write your cover letter specifically around the skills and expertise you can offer to the organization to which you’re applying.
As with any cover letter, you don’t want it to read like a dry repeat of all your resume bullet points. If you’re using the combination format, you’ve likely been away from the work world for some time, or you’re switching careers. You need to build your persuasive narrative around the skills and expertise you have demonstrated in previous roles (even if they were long ago or not in the same industry).
These days, not every employer requires you to submit a cover letter. Even if you don’t have to, it’s still a good idea to write out some talking points in a similar way so that you’re ready to elaborate during an interview.
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If you haven’t yet taken a look at the matching resume template, you can get it, too!