What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?
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!
Dear Mrs. Jones,
I am writing to express my sincere interest in the position of Administrative Support with ABC Company. With over seven years of experience in administrative roles, I am well-equipped to support your company, office, and team.
During my tenure in administrative support with XYZ Company, I supported three offices, each consisting of ten to twenty employees. My responsibilities included filing expense reports, planning domestic and international travel, managing projects, and filing paperwork.
My expansive skill set includes scheduling, document management, electronic file management, and communications. I am adept at using many relevant technologies and tools, including MS Office, Dropbox, and Visio.
I am very intuitive by nature and pay close attention to the needs of others. It is my goal to proactively take care of projects and tasks by keeping an eye out for bottlenecks and inefficiencies.
As an Administrative Support Specialist 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 support 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 support
- 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