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 Todd,

Fighting fires is one of the bravest jobs in the world. Being a hero to boys and girls in our community is an honor I can only imagine. From an early age I knew that my future involved fighting fires, whether it be out in the field or behind the scenes. I saw the destruction of fire firsthand as my childhood home burned to the ground when I was just 7 years old. I have the experience and drive necessary to be your next best Firefighter at the Old Lore Fire Station.

I have been fighting fires at the San Bellow Volunteer Fire Department for the past eight years as a Volunteer Firefighter. This experience has allowed me to develop the necessary firefighting skills to take my career to the next level. I ensured that equipment was up to standards, provided emergency medical services, and responded to fire alarms during my time there.

My ability to stay calm in stressful situations is arguably my greatest skill. I am an excellent problem solver and I have the necessary intangible talents to grow in this position. Serving my community is my first and foremost thought in this position.

Old Lore Fire Station is one of the best firefighting teams in the nation. There are few fire stations that can hold a candle to your legacy and talent. I knew as soon as I saw an opening that I absolutely had to apply for this incredible opportunity.

I would love to impress you over the phone and show you how am I a perfect fit as your new Firefighter. I am available for a phone call whenever you have a chance. I appreciate you taking the time to read this and I hope to speak to you soon.


How to write a firefighter 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 firefighter
  • 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