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]

Hi John,

If there is one thing I am certain of it’s my love of engineering. Over the past few years I have been able to solidify my role as an increasingly more qualified engineer. As not only an Engineer but also a professional with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, I have a well-rounded educational background. I am also aware that education is not just about degrees. This is why I have taken pride in each job I’ve held and ensured that I give it my all.

Joining Harp Engineering & Associates as an Engineer would allow me to utilize my existing skill set while pushing me to develop new ones. I am aware that your firm is fast-paced and that engineers are required to multitask many projects at once. Thanks to five years of experience at BKA Engineers I can confidently assert that I would be able to handle the rigorous nature of the Harp Engineering & Associates office.

I’m have heard many good things about Harp Engineering & Associates. I am enthused about the possibility to join your team and hope you will consider me.

I’d love to speak to you about how I would be a good fit as an Engineer on your team. I am available for an interview at your earliest convenience as well as available to answer any questions you may have regarding my resume or cover letter. Thank you for your time. I hope to hear from you soon.


How to write an engineers 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 engineers
  • 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