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Unemployed job seeker sample cover letter

No job? No problem. Use this sample to help you write a cover letter when you're unemployed.

Unemployed job seeker sample cover letter

If you’re currently unemployed and hoping to find a job, you might be feeling insecure about what to say in your cover letters to employers. You're likely thinking: How can you compete against people who currently have jobs?

The good news is that you can still craft a cover letter that plays up your experience and accomplishments. Get ideas from this sample cover letter below—and if you need more tips, the experts from Monster's Resume Writing Service can help you write a high-impact resume and cover letter that will impress employers.

David Brentwood
(555) 555-5555 | | PO Box 222 | Sometown, MA 55555  



Hannah Jones
VP Purchasing
XYZ Company
15 Main St.
Sometown, MA 55555

Dear Ms. Jones:

As an accomplished purchasing specialist with extensive healthcare industry experience, I was very interested to learn about your purchasing specialist opening. I offer eight years of experience working for ABC Company, a national home healthcare company and a billion-dollar leader in the industry. As the company’s corporate purchasing specialist, I managed:  


  • Purchasing functions for 115 locations. 
  • 75 major contracts in areas including medications, supplies, equipment, furniture, uniforms, distribution and vending machines. 
  • A 15-member team of contractors, buyers, analysts and support staff.

Consistently recognized for outstanding performance, I saved ABC Company more than $5.3 million in 2015 alone. An expert in contract negotiations, vendor management and global sourcing, I repeatedly reduced expenditures, cost-of-sales (COS) and cost-of-goods (COG), as well as assisted with major system implementations of inventory, purchasing and tracking systems.

In 2016, ABC Company experienced a significant workforce reduction and my position was eliminated. Since then, I have remained active in the American Purchasing Society and completed courses in business ethics, contract law, the art of negotiation and supply chain management. I plan on sitting for the Certified Professional Purchasing Manager (CPPM) exam later this year.

I am confident that my ongoing studies combined with successful experience in the field will enable me to aggressively pursue cost-reduction opportunities and improve return on investment (ROI) for your company. If you agree that my skills and experience would benefit your operation, please call me at (555) 555-5555 or email to arrange an interview. Thank you for your time, and I look forward to speaking with you.


David Brentwood
Enclosure: Resume 


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