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 Tiffany,

To say I am enamored by medicine is an understatement. I have been downright obsessed since I was a toddler. At least, that’s what my mother says. There is something about being able to offer both proactive and reactive care to patients that offers a fulfilling career path. Although I knew from an early age that I didn’t want to be a physician myself, I knew that I wanted to be involved in the medical field. I found my passion in medical coding and am now looking to continue my pursuit at the graduate level.

Because of my excellent grades in my medical and scientific undergraduate studies I believe I would make a great fit for this Graduate Assistantship. I love working with my peers and being a Graduate Assistant would allow me to do so while furthering my own knowledge and obtaining a Master’s degree.

Beyond my accomplishment of graduating magna cum laude with my Bachelor’s degree, I also have impressive administrative and technological skills. This is part of the reason that I am such a well-rounded candidate for a Graduate Assistant. I am organized, educated, and passionate about spreading my love of medicine with others.

I am easy-going albeit authoritative as needed. Since I was a tutor as an undergrad, I understand to gain respect from peers while also commanding respect. My goal is to help future undergrads succeed in their classes like I did. Obtaining this Graduate Assistantship would allow me to do just that.

I’d love to speak to you about how I would be a good fit as Graduate Assistant. I am available for an interview at your earliest convenience and have enclosed two letters of recommendation from past professors. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to hear from you soon.


How to write a graduate assistant 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 graduate assistant
  • 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