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cage, coop

an enclosure made or wire or metal bars in which birds or animals can be kept

cargo area, cargo deck, cargo hold, hold, storage area

the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo


an enclosure or receptacle for odds and ends


a natural or artificial enclosed space


an enclosure of residences and other building (especially in the Orient)


an enclosure in a court of law where the defendant sits during the trial

echo chamber

an enclosed space for producing reverberation of a sound

lock, lock chamber

enclosure consisting of a section of canal that can be closed to control the water level; used to raise or lower vessels that pass through it


a streamlined enclosure for an aircraft engine


an enclosure for confining livestock


an enclosure in which animals are made to fight

pen, playpen

a portable enclosure in which babies may be left to play


an enclosed space in which the air pressure is higher than outside

dog pound, pound

a public enclosure for stray or unlicensed dogs

niche, recess

an enclosure that is set back or indented


an indoor enclosure for keeping and raising living animals and plants and observing them under natural conditions


an enclosure for animals (as chicken or livestock)

air lock, airlock

a chamber that provides access to space where air is under pressure

alcove, bay

a small recess opening off a larger room

apse, apsis

a domed or vaulted recess or projection on a building especially the east end of a church; usually contains the altar

aquarium, fish tank, marine museum

a tank or pool or bowl filled with water for keeping live fish and underwater animals


a yard adjoining a barn


a cage in which a bird can be kept

air-raid shelter, bomb shelter, bombproof

a chamber (often underground) reinforced against bombing and provided with food and living facilities; used during air raids

burial chamber, sepulcher, sepulchre, sepulture

a chamber that is used as a grave

caisson, cofferdam, pneumatic caisson

large watertight chamber used for construction under water

camera obscura

a darkened enclosure in which images of outside objects are projected through a small aperture or lens onto a facing surface

chicken run, chicken yard, fowl run, hen yard

an enclosed yard for keeping poultry


a pit for cockfights

cinerarium, columbarium

a niche for a funeral urn containing the ashes of the cremated dead


the chamber of a nuclear reactor containing the fissile material where the reaction takes place

cattle pen, corral, cow pen

a pen for cattle


a pen that is fenced so that young animals can enter but adults cannot

cylinder, piston chamber

a chamber within which piston moves


an area adjacent to farm buildings

fireplace, hearth, open fireplace

an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built

firing chamber, gun chamber

chamber that is the part of a gun that receives the charge

fold, sheep pen, sheepcote, sheepfold

a pen for sheep


an enclosed chamber in which heat is produced to heat buildings, destroy refuse, smelt or refine ores, etc.

holding paddock, holding pen, holding yard

a pen where livestock is temporarily confined


a cage (usually made of wood and wire mesh) for small animals

hyperbaric chamber

a large chamber in which the oxygen pressure is above normal for the atmosphere; used in treating breathing disorders or carbon monoxide poisoning


a pen for livestock in southern Africa


(Islam) a niche in the wall of a mosque that indicates the direction of Mecca


pen where racehorses are saddled and paraded before a race

particle detector

a chamber in which particles can be made visible


a pen where stray animals are confined

cavity resonator, resonating chamber, resonator

a hollow chamber whose dimensions allow the resonant oscillation of electromagnetic or acoustic waves


an enclosure for cattle that have been rounded up

squirrel cage

cage with a cylindrical framework that rotates as a small animal runs inside it

steam chest

the chamber from which steam is distributed to a cylinder


enclosed yard where cattle, pigs, horses, or sheep are kept temporarily

fireroom, stokehold, stokehole

(nautical) chamber or compartment in which the furnaces of a ship are stoked or fired

packing box, stuffing box

a small chamber in which packing is compressed around a reciprocating shaft or piston to form a seal

pigpen, pigsty, sty

a pen for swine


a vivarium in which selected living plants are kept and observed


a doughnut-shaped chamber used in fusion research; a plasma is heated and confined in a magnetic bottle

vacuum chamber

a chamber from which nearly all matter (especially air) has been removed

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a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function

Smart tips to help you format and write a cover letter

Struggling to write a cover letter that will catch an employer's attention? We've got tips to help you show your best self—and a sample you can use to get started.

There's nothing scary about writing a cover letter.

You've found the perfect job, hit the "apply" button, and started the process with your engines revved and ready. But wait! Slam the brakes! They want a cover letter. Oh no. 

Don't let this request derail you. Here's everything you need to know to write a letter that truly sells your skills. Plus, scroll down to see a sample cover letter you can use to craft your own.

What is a cover letter?

A cover letter is a one-page document that, along with your resume, is sent with your job application. A cover letter is your chance to tell a potential employer why you’re the perfect person for the position and how your skills and expertise can add value to the company. The letter should be professional but personable, and serve as a sort of introduction.

Do I need to send a cover letter?

A lot of job seekers today wonder if a cover letter is still appropriate to send with your resume—and the answer is yes! Even if an employer doesn’t ask for a cover letter, it couldn’t hurt to send one. In fact, it’s can help you get someone's attention in a different way, and it can be a great way to display your enthusiasm for the job and company.

What are the basic elements of a cover letter?

  1. Greeting: Address your cover letter to the proper person.
  2. Opening: Write a personable, inviting opening paragraph that notes how your skills are a perfect fit to the job and displays your enthusiasm.
  3. Hook: Highlight your past achievements as they relate to the job you're applying for.
  4. Skills: Emphasize additional relevant skills, such as computer languages or certifications.
  5. Close: Briefly recap your strengths as a candidate, and include your contact information.

Cover letter tips

1. Parrot the keywords: Just like with your resume, your cover letters should be customized for each job you apply to. Start by reviewing the job description. In it, you will find important keywords that let you know what kind of employee the company is hoping to find. Use these same keywords throughout your cover letter.

2. Adapt for the company: Each version of your cover letter should talk about how your skills will benefit the particular company that you want to work for. You want to target the company’s needs—not your own. Demonstrate how you could help them achieve their goals. Remember: You're selling yourself in a resume and a cover letter, but the employer has to want to buy.

3. Show you "get" them: Your cover letter should demonstrate that you have done some research into what the organization's pain points are. Presenting yourself as a solution to a hiring manager’s problem can help your cover letter take the right tone. If you’re applying to an administrative position, be sure to mention your time-management skills; if you’re an IT professional, include your expertise in improving efficiency. Always ask yourself: How can I help this company?

4. Proofread. Don’t assume spell check will catch every mistake (it won’t). Slowly review your cover letter to make sure everything reads properly. Have someone else read your cover letter for backup.

Need even more confidence before you start your cover letter? Below are some additional cover letter tips you could reference—or keep scrolling for a cover letter sample:

Cover letter mistakes you should avoid: From overusing “I” to being too vague, there are a bunch of pitfalls that can trip you up. Don’t let them!

Cover letter format and advice tips: Learn how to set up your cover letter and what each section should include.

Cover letter tips for new grads: You might lack real-world work experience, but your cover letter can be chock-full of activities that demonstrate your potential to succeed.

Cover letter tips for technology professionals: The ease of applying to online jobs has led many IT professionals to skip sending a cover letter, but that’s a mistake. 

Cover letter tips for finance professionals: If you’re searching for a finance job or want to be prepared just in case, you will need a dynamic cover letter to grab the hiring managers’ attention.

Tips for better email cover letters: If you're emailing a resume, your cover letter will deliver the first impression. These eight tips will help you craft a better email cover letter.

Cover letter sample

Check out the sample cover letter below (or download the template as a Word doc) to get some inspiration to craft your own. And we've also got you covered if you're looking for a cover letter in a specific industry. 

Once you've finished your cover letter, consider joining Monster—you can upload and store up to five cover letters and resumes, so that you can apply for jobs on our site in a snap!


Ms. Rhonda West
Customer Service Manager
Acme Inc.
123 Corporate Blvd.
Sometown, CO 50802

Re: Customer Service Representative Opening (Ref. ID: CS300-Denver)

Dear Ms. West:

I was excited to see your opening for a customer service rep, and I hope to be invited for an interview.

My background includes serving as a customer service associate within both call-center and retail environments. Most recently, I worked on the customer service desk for Discount-Mart, where my responsibilities included handling customer merchandise returns, issuing refunds/store credits, flagging damaged merchandise for shipment back to vendors and providing back-up cashiering during busy periods.

Previously, I worked within two high-volume customer-support call centers for a major telecommunications carrier and a satellite television services provider. In these positions, I demonstrated the ability to resolve a variety of issues and complaints (such as billing disputes, service interruptions or cutoffs, repair technician delays/no-shows and equipment malfunctions). I consistently met my call-volume goals, handling an average of 56 to 60 calls per day.

In addition to this experience, I gained considerable customer service skills during my part-time employment as a waitress and restaurant hostess while in high school.

I also bring to the table strong computer proficiencies in MS Word, MS Excel and CRM database applications and a year of college (business major). Please see the accompanying resume for details of my experience and education.

I am confident that I can offer you the customer service, communication and problem-solving skills you are seeking. Feel free to call me at 555-555-5555 (home) or 555-555-5500 (cell) to arrange an interview. Thank you for your time—I look forward to learning more about this opportunity!


Sue Ling

Enclosure: Resume