What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?
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!
My grandmother loves to tell people how I expressed an incredible amount of ambition from a young age. While that may come across as sweet and biased pride it seems as if her observations were true. When I was seven I ran a little flower stand on my street. When I was 11 I started learning a second language. At 15 I obtained a small internship. At 20 I graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in two majors with honors. Those experiences were many years ago but the common thread is that I have always been self-motivated and determined to make something of myself.
When I saw that your organization is hiring, I immediately jumped on the opportunity to apply. I have administrative, technological, and communication skills. Additionally I am an excellent problem solver and able to work both autonomously and as a team member. I always maintain an even-keeled demeanor that is friendly towards colleagues, managers, and clients. I consider myself a well-rounded candidate with both the tangible and intangible proficiencies to excel in this position.
I’m familiar with the history of your organization and have researched this position extensively. It would be an honor to work for such a well-revered company and I believe that I am highly qualified to do so.
I’d love to speak to you about how I would be a good fit to join your team. I am available for an interview at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to hear from you soon!
How to write a general cover letter?
- Include your full name and contact information at the top of your general cover letter
- Start the cover letter by respectfully addressing the recipient by name
- Mention where you found this opportunity and your interest in it
- Use the first paragraph to explain why you are a great candidate
- Briefly discuss your relevant experiences, qualifications and accomplishments
- Thank the reader and express interest in discussing your application in more detail
- End the cover letter with an appropriate sign-off and your full name
- Your general cover letter should be one-page or or less in length