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

Hi Francis,

My Mom and Dad have always called me the boss ever since I was a child. I knew how to get things done and I would always find a way to do so. This character attribute is something that I bring to work every single day. I want to ensure that all business operations run smoothly and efficiently. Being involved in leadership roles at a young age has allowed me to develop skills and abilities that few people have. I absolutely have the ability to take on your open Executive Director role at Rolled Motors.

My 12 years at Thom’s Motors in another Executive Director role has afforded me the necessary experience to run Rolled Motors like a well-oiled machine. During my time as Thom’s Motors I implemented new policies, identified and resolved key issues, and wrote business plans. I spearheaded initiatives and ensured that our organization was always cutting-edge.

My analytical and organizational abilities are only matched by my incredible problem-solving skills. Being able to handle many projects at once is something that I specialize in and is necessary an Executive Director role. Leading the organization in many different avenues is a key part of this position. These skill sets are perfectly matched with my capabilities and experience.

Rolled Motors has inspired me ever since I saw a Rolled car on a race track back in 1985. It would be one of the best jobs of my life if I could work within your firm. I had to apply as soon as I saw this position open up.

I would love to hear back from you so we could set up a time to speak further about this Executive Director role. I appreciate all of your time and effort on this!


How to write an executive director 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 director
  • 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