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!

[Your Name]
September 17, 2019

  • [Phone Number]
  • [e-mail]

Hi Michael,

I have loved words since the first instance I remember being able to use them. There is something beautiful about being able to convey whatever you want via vocabulary, style, and syntax. As soon as I realized this I knew I was destined to be an Editor.

My experience as an editor goes back to editing both my high school yearbook and newspaper. I was the editor for both publications junior and senior year. In addition to an honors course load I still managed to put out high quality publications that helped me secure a spot within the elite editorial program within my college.

During college I continued taking every opportunity I could in order to set myself up with a career as an Editor. I worked for my college’s print newspaper and as an Editor for our digital magazine. By the time I was a senior I was an Editor-in-Chief of the latter publication.

For the past two years I have worked as a Junior Editor at Too Chic. As a fashion Editor I create style content for both their glossy monthly magazine as well as their website. This position is fun and fast-paced, but I am ready to move on to a position that is more dynamic and challenging. That is exactly why I am applying for an Editor position at Chic Elite.

I can work both autonomously as well as in a team environment. I meet or exceed deadlines without fail even if it means working day in and day out. I understand that the editorial field is saturated and I give my job my all 24/7. Writing is everywhere and my job is to make that writing more compelling. As an Editor at Chic Elite I know that I can take my editorial career to new heights.

I’d love to speak to you about how I would be a good fit as an Editor at your publication. I am available for an interview at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to hear from you soon!


How to write an editor 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 editor
  • 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