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 Architect with ABC Company. With over seven years of experience in both commercial and residential architecture, I am confident in my ability to immediately add value to your team.
During my tenure as an Architect, I have worked on a variety of commercial projects, ranging from $200,000 tenant improvements to $8.5M government builds. My specialty is modern, industrial designs that weave in sustainable building materials.
My expansive skill set includes roof design, solar design, muti-family, and commercial. I also have experience in high-rise and mixed-use properties. I possess an architecture license in both New York and New Jersey and could quickly secure licensure in other states, if needed.
I pride myself on proactively mitigating project risks, allowing me to save millions of dollars for my clients annually. With years of trial and error under my belt, I leverage my past projects to make sure client engagements run smoothly.
I am proficient in all major design applications, but prefer to use AutoCAD and SketchUp. In 2018, I spearheaded a project to implement 360-degree renderings into our service offerings which resulted in a 120% increase in revenue.
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 architect 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 architect
- 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