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 Carolyn,

Even though I was the youngest of 6 siblings I always took the lead. Saturday mornings after we had our breakfast I would always make them go to “school.” By school I mean putting up with me teaching them for hours. Yes, even my brother who is 10 years my senior. I share this anecdote not just to sound cheesy, but because it truly demonstrates how I’ve been certain of my destiny as an Elementary Teacher since I was about 5 years old.

I have worked at Wellman Private School for 6 years as a 3rd grade teacher. As a 3rd grade teacher I taught all of my students’ core classes and took the initiative to create a curriculum that met administrative requirements while captivating my students in unique ways.

After 6 years at Wellman I am ready for a change. I would love to work at Flora Grade School and hope you will consider me for an Elementary Teacher. I am excited about the challenge of working with larger class sizes and a more diverse population.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in education and well as a Master’s degree in special education. I love working with students of all ages, backgrounds, and capabilities. That being said, I’m willing to accept any open role as a teacher in grades K-8. My goal more than anything is to continue spreading the love for learning with children. After all, they are our future.

I’d love to speak to you about how I would be a good fit as an Elementary Teacher at your school. 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 elementary teacher 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 elementary teacher
  • 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