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!
September 17, 2019

[Your Name]

  • [e-mail]
  • [Phone Number]

Dear Mrs. Jones,

I am writing to express my sincere interest in the position of Administrative Assistant with ABC Company. With over five years of experience in administrative roles, I am well-equipped to support your office and team.

During my tenure as an Administrative Assistant with XYZ Company, I supported an office of 20 in-house and 10 remote staff. My responsibilities included supporting the executive director, maintaining finances including AP/AR, managing the office, and serving as a receptionist at the front desk.

I am adept at using many relevant technologies and tools, including MS Office, Dropbox, and Visio. My industry experience ranges from law firms to non-profits.

I pay close attention to the needs of others and make it a priority to complete projects ahead of schedule. I am known for being willing to do whatever it takes to ensure the office’s success. I pride myself in proactively searching for ways to make my coworker’s jobs easier.

As an Administrative Assistant on your team, I would leverage my impeccable organizational and communication skills to ensure your office is running at 100% efficiency.

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 administrative assistant 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 administrative assistant
  • 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