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 Mark,

Since high school I knew I would end up in a STEM field. As I got older it became increasingly clear that my specific role would be in an engineering role. Although I am a recent graduate and just starting my career I am confident that engineering is the field in which I am meant to work. I am enthusiastic and motivated to start my professional career and would love to do so as a member of the Bull Engineering team.

I graduated from my university’s engineering program with a 3.9 GPA. While GPA certainly isn’t everything, I believe that my commitment to excellence and my ability to work until things are done correctly prove that I am a valuable addition to your firm.

Beyond my skills as an engineer who graduated at the top of their class, I am a great problem solver. Engineering isn’t always a black and white field. Sometimes creative approaches are needed in order to achieve goals and meet proper specifications.

Having excelled at internships throughout my college career, I understand the importance of being able to work autonomously in a fast-paced environment. My desire is to bring talent to your firm and prove that I am a devoted team member and relentless in my pursuit of excellent.

I’m familiar with Bull Engineering and have heard wonderful things about your firm via word of mouth and professors within my major. Naturally, I could not pass up the opportunity to apply to join your team as a Entry Level Engineer.

I’d love to speak to you about how I would be a good fit as a Junior Engineer at Bull Engineering. I am available for an interview at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your time.


How to write an entry level engineer 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 entry level engineer
  • 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