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]

Dear Mrs. Jones,

I am writing to express my sincere interest in the position of Admissions Counselor with EdgeWater College. With over five years of experience in academic support, I am well-equipped to guide your prospective students through the admissions process.

During my tenure as an Admissions Counselor, I have built relationships with hundreds of students to evaluate their needs, goals, and desired career outcomes. I have also successfully recruited over thirty students who were originally intending to attend a different college.
I am well-versed in financial aid, student services, college exams, and human resources. I have worked at both private liberal arts schools and large, public community colleges. My skill set includes many relevant tools, including Prezi and MS Office.

I am very intuitive and pride myself on being able to pinpoint a student’s needs. It is my professional goal to be a source of wisdom for students to help them identify which school and program would be most beneficial for their goals and dreams.

As an Admissions Counselor on your team, I would leverage my relationship building skills to make sure a bright, diverse group of people attend your university.

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!

[Your Name]

[Phone Number]

How to write an admissions counselor 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 admissions counselor
  • 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