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 Business Analyst with ABC Company. With over two years of experience working with stakeholders to gather technical and functional requirements, I am confident in my ability to immediately add value to your team.

During my tenure as a Business Analyst, I have worked with companies in the FinTech and insurance industries to gather requirements for projects ranging from $500k to $2.5M. My specialty is in data analytics, project documentation, and requirement gathering.

My expansive skill set includes designing output artefacts, creating and executing test plans, reporting project status, and extracting relevant stakeholder information. I have a strong understanding of Agile methodology and am proficient in Visual Studio, Visio, MS Office, and MS Project.

I am personable and detail-oriented by nature. I pride myself in being able to dig deep to uncover the conscious and subconscious needs of clients and then using my skills of persuasion to get everyone on the same path moving forward.

I am extremely eager about the opportunity to join your team as I am a big fan of ABC Company’s products.
Thank you in advance for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you!

How to write a business 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 business 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