Below you'll find two templates for cover letters and here is the printer-friendly version (1 page) - the first template is a letter in response to an ad and the second one is the result of your initiative to write (Speculative Cover Letter).
Later you'll find two actual (real) examples and links to more info.
Standard Job Application Template
Mr / Ms Name
Name of company
I wish to apply for the post of name of post and enclose my Curriculum Vitae. / With reference to your advertisement for name of post in name of paper on date, I enclose my CV.
I have considerable experience or commitment to the type of work, having developed my career workplace years/achievements.
Give some evidence for this, briefly, and in consistency with your CV.Say what you believe is positive to do in that type of post in the face of whichever processes, e.g. I believe it is important for a service organization to reflect the priorities of its clients and others and have therefore maintained good communication with all sections of … In addition, I have much experience of negotiating with the Local Authority …
I recognize that the post is an exciting and challenging one and I look forward to being given the opportunity, at interview, to show I can meet the challenge.
Same contact info
Dear Ms Stanton,
I notice that your company is launching a product, campaign and am writing to find out whether you have any openings for position: e.g. sales manager.
As you will see from the attached details of my career, tell about your recent and former experience relevant for your objective, e.g. I have spent the past five years in a variety of sales jobs in two different companies. I had worked in the sale office of my first employer from leaving school; as soon as I was old enough I applied to join the sale training scheme. I was given good grades at the end of my training and …
My aim now is to move into sales management proper, as after having given the evidence, make your point, state your qualities for the post, e.g. I have proved that I can sell and can lead a successful team.
Although I appreciate that you may not have any opportunities in this area at present, I hope that an informal interview can be arranged to discuss possible openings in the future.Same ending
Applying for a nanny/baby-sitting position posting an ad on a webpage
To whom it may concern
My name is Sylvie Soufflè. I am posting this ad to apply for an au pair live-in babysitting position for the summer in the U.K. I would like to work in London.
I am 23 years old. I am in my fifth year studying Science in Paris. I would like to go to England this summer to improve my English. I am free from the end of June to the beginning of September 2006.
I am a reliable hard-working person. I have extensive experience in babysitting children and can provide excellent references on request.
As a native French speaker, I could teach your children the language for three months. If you are interested in my profile please e-mail me.
Dear Ms. Dayle,
Perhaps I am the "multi-talented teacher" you seek in your "Multi-Talented Teacher" advertisement in today's The Independent. I'm a versatile teacher, ready to substitute, if necessary, as early as next week. I have the solid teaching experience you specify as well as the strong computer skills you desire.
I am presently affiliated with a highly regarded private elementary school. Mr. Stonehead, the headmaster, will certainly give you a good reference. The details of your advertisement suggest to me that the position will involve many of the same responsibilities that I am currently performing.
In addition to the planning, administration, and student-parent counseling duties I highlight in my resume, please note that I have a master's degree as well as a teaching certificate from the state of New York.
Knowing how frantic you must be without a fifth grade teacher, I will call you in a few days. Or if you agree upon reviewing my letter and resume that I am the teacher you need, call me at the home number listed above, or at ................ during business hours.
Thanking you most sincerely for your time and consideration.