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 James,

Numbers have always been a strong suit of mine. Creating spreadsheets and models has always been a hobby since I discovered Microsoft Excel back in high school. My career path was set ever since then. My career has followed this path and lead me to apply to this incredible financial firm. I know that my experience and talents makes me a perfect candidate for your Financial Analyst position at Swanson Financial.

My experience as a financial analyst has been entrenched in accomplishments during my four years at Lazy Day Bank. My skills have been refined during my time there and I have gained experience by creating financial reports, making recommendations based on analysis, and developing financial models. My skills and talents will continue to grow and develop if hired at your firm.

My technical and analytical skills are some of my strongest suits as is my ability to take on any task that comes my way. Being able to juggle multiple tasks at once is key in this type of environment. Developing financial models that can accurately forecast the company’s financial future will be imperative in this position and is a task that I am more than equipped to handle. I have all the necessary skills and experience to succeed in this role.

Swanson Financial is one of the best financial firms around. Your company’s work with nonprofits is inspiring. It would be one of the greatest joys of my career to come to work at your firm every single day. I am energized just thinking of the possibility.

Speaking with you would cement my status as a great fit for a Financial Analyst at your firm. I am available to speak all this week whenever you have a chance. Thank you for your time and consideration!


How to write a financial analyst 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 financial analyst
  • 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