When you need to write a cover letter for a job, you can save a step or two by starting from a template. A template will give you a “fill in the blank” format you can use to create your own letter to use to send with your resume to apply for a job.
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.
Google Docs also has free template samples available for letters and resumes. Using these templates can help you 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. You can find a selection of cover letters and other employment letters stored in the Templates/Letters section of Microsoft Word.
To Access Cover Letters From Your Computer:
Open Microsoft Word, then click on:
- Templates or New from Template
Click on either:
- Templates on Office Online (browse a large selection) or
- Templates on My Computer
- Letters (a variety of cover letter templates)
How To Access the Microsoft Cover Letter Templates
You can use Microsoft Office Online, which is free, to get a template to use that is 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 Cover Letter 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 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.
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. Here are tips for saving your cover letter document file.
More Templates for Resumes and Letter
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.
Please Note: 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.