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]

  • [Phone Number]
  • [e-mail]

Hi Dan,

Money and making money work for you is one of America’s oldest pastimes. My father taught me all of the financial knowledge that he learned in his finance career when I was just a child. He got me hooked right away. From early on in my life, I knew that finance would be involved in my life in a big way. Since then my career path has taken a very clear path towards finance. My experience, talents, and dedication to finance will make me an all-star Financial Representative for Mellen Financial.

My work over the past 3 years at Finkin Bank speaks for itself. I have set forth and worked with many different clients in order to help them plan their financial future. Over the years I have met and exceeded all objectives set for me. I thoroughly developed my financial skills by patiently listening to client goals, developing financial plans, and working closely with all clients.

Beyond my financial and analytical skills, I have the ability to solve any problem thrown my way. I can work with any client and develop a comprehensive plan that covers all of their needs. Maintaining a patient attitude and calm demeanor is essential and you need to have enthusiasm for your clients as well as your fellow employees. I have all of the necessary skills and abilities to ensure that I excel in this position.

Working at Mellen Financial has been a long-term goal of mine since high school. I met one of your senior financial executives and I was awestruck by his knowledge and experience. As soon as I saw this open position I knew I had to apply.

I would love to have an in-person discussion about how I would be a perfect fit at your firm as a Financial Representative. I hope to hear from you soon!

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