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]

  • [Phone Number]
  • [e-mail]

Dear Mrs. Jones,

I am writing to express my sincere interest in the position of Analyst with ABC Company. With over five years of experience in data analytics using advanced MS Excel processes, I am confident in my ability to support your growing company.

During my tenure as an Analyst, I have worked with a variety of data sets, ranging from large to small. I am an expert at drawing meaningful conclusions from numbers and am confident presenting my findings to managers and executives.

What sets myself apart is my ability to conduct extensive research and to communicate effectively. Due to my strong business acumen, I understand the impact behind the numbers which allows me to communicate technical findings in layman’s terms.

I am committed to providing high quality data and have implemented many processes and procedures to ensure my findings are precise. In analytics, the outcomes are only as good as the quality of the raw data, which is why it is my mission to solve inconsistencies at the source.

As an Analyst on your team, I would leverage my extensive Analyst background to seamlessly create regular and ad hoc reports for your sales team.
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 analyst 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 analyst
  • 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