What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?

Senior Technical Recruiter, Indeed
J. Palmer

I’m an experienced recruiter and I’ve been a hiring manager, too. I’ve seen the same mistakes again and again throughout my career. But if you take a little extra time to avoid these common problems, your cover letter should really stand out!

Remember these four questions to help you write a successful cover letter and get hired:

  • Why do you want to work for the company? What interests you about them?
    • Talk about how your personality and skills align with what they do
  • Why are you a good fit for this company and the job?
    • Write about how your past work, life experiences and skills meet the important requirements of the job
  • How are you personalizing this cover letter sample?
    • Tailor your cover letter to the job you’re applying for
    • Address the cover letter to whoever will be reading it. If you don’t know who will be reading it, you can address it as “To the Hiring Committee” or “To the Hiring Manager”
  • Have you proofread your cover letter?
    • Make sure to check for correct spelling and grammar before sending out your cover letter!

[Your Name]
September 17, 2019

  • [Phone Number]
  • [e-mail]

Dear Mrs. Smith,

I am writing to express my sincere interest in the position of Academic Advisor with ABC High School.

Having been in school myself for 16 years of my life, I have a first-hand understanding of the importance of academic advisors. Without the guidance of my advisor in high school, I would have been unaware of the dual-enrollment program with my local college, which ended up being a pivotal time of my academic career.

I possess a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from HighWater College. After receiving my degree and teaching certification, I went on to be an 8th grade English teacher, which I have been doing now for three years. Although I love teaching, I have come to realize that I want to make more of an impact on my student’s lives than I can do in an hour’s time. With teaching, my interactions are by nature structured, and it is difficult for me to see a student struggling without being able to take the time to help.

In light of this, I am now looking to make a career change to become an Academic Advisor. As a teacher, I have a strong understanding of curriculum, which will allow me to guide students down the right path quickly and effectively. In addition to teaching, I also facilitate student orientation sessions, which I know is an integral part of the Academic Advisor position at your school.
Leveraging my passion for helping children, my experience teaching, and my understanding of America’s educational system, I am confident I would be able to immediately bring value to your team.

Thank you in advance for your consideration. I look forward to discussing this opportunity further. Please find my resume attached for you to review.


How to write an academic advisor cover letter?

  • Include your full name and contact information at the top of your cover letter
  • Start the cover letter by respectfully addressing the recipient by name
  • Mention where you found the job posting and your interest in the opportunity
  • Use the first paragraph to explain why you would be a great hire as the academic advisor
  • Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
  • Thank the reader and express interest in discussing the role in more detail
  • End the cover letter with a professional sign-off and your full name
  • Your cover letter should be one-page or or less in length