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 Seth,

Since childhood, I have always been a helpful person. As I grew older I realized the doors opening thanks to my commitment to assisting others and solving problems. There is something about being able to help someone with exactly what they need that always makes me happy. I fondly remember playing receptionist with my siblings when we were younger and now those memories are my reality. Reminiscent anecdotes aside, I am confident that my experience would make me a great candidate for your open Front Desk Receptionist position at Franklin Auto Dealership.

I have worked at Tim’s Auto Parts for over two years as the Front Desk Receptionist for a repair shop. Over the past two years I have strengthened my administrative skills and excelled at tasks such as welcoming customers, directing calls, organizing files, and handling customer complaints.

Beyond my administrative and personal skills, I am an effective communicator. I understand how to take initiative and maintain a positive demeanor that provides wonderful customer service. I know the importance of professionalism in customer-facing roles and that is something at which I excel.

I am confident that I have the hard skills, soft skills, and experience to become a worthwhile addition to your team. I’d love to speak to you about how I would be a good fit as an Front Desk Receptionist in your office. I am available for an interview at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to hear from you soon.

[Your Name]

[Phone Number]

How to write a front desk receptionist 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 front desk receptionist
  • 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