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]

Hi Jen,

Being an executive is more than just being a leader. It is about being part of a community and taking part of something special. An Executive has a large impact on any community and/or organization. My past experiences and education provide me with the ability to succeed within your open Executive role. I undoubtedly have the competencies and passion to guide Fashion Electronics into a new generation if I joined the team in an Executive role.

For the last 10 years I have been part of the C-suite at Dave’s Conductors, a high powered conductor company. I developed my executive abilities by creating business plans, purchasing other companies, and developing new policies and procedures.

My analytical and foresight abilities are only matched by a few candidates. I have developed every single executive skill and ability that you could name. Should I secure an interview I would love to speak more about my proficiencies across the board. I am one of the hardest workers you will meet; this is absolutely required in this role as with any Executive-level position.

Fashion Electronics has completely changed the game when it comes to the relationship between style and technology. Your company’s groundbreaking work in the field is quite inspiring. It would be the highlight of my career thus far if I was able to join your team.

I am looking forward to receiving your call so we can further discuss the details of this Executive position. Thank you for your time and have a great day!

[Your Name]

[Phone Number]

How to write an executive 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 executive
  • 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