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]

[Phone Number] | [e-mail]
September 17, 2019

Dear Mrs. Jones,

I am writing to express my sincere interest in the position of Adjunct Professor with EdgeWater College.

I recently graduated with my master’s degree in teaching and have accumulated 20 graduate hours in the teaching discipline. My specialty is teaching both communications and humanities.

As an educator, I am committed to providing the same quality education to students, regardless of their background, age, or race. I also firmly believe in communicating clearly and promptly with students, always being transparent in my interactions and feedback.

I possess a working knowledge of AP style and am adept at creating curriculum and grading tests. I believe in managing my class with a firm hand while also giving my students creative freedom.

I am passionate about engaging with students in new and innovative ways. Rather than lecturing for an entire class, I like to interact with students using games, projects, and quizzes.

Your Adjunct Professor position excites me because it would allow me to apply everything I have learned during my studies to the real world.

I have attached my resume to this application for you to review and am available to interview at your convenience. Thank you in advance for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you!


How to write an adjunct professor 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 adjunct professor
  • 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