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]

  • [e-mail]
  • [Phone Number]

Hi Susan,

Since childhood, I’ve been fascinated by design. I vividly remember drawing whenever I could get my hands on crayons and markers as a child. In fact, there may have been an incident or two when I was so eager to make my vision come to life that I drew on the walls of my home. Those days are way behind me but my love of design has only grown over the years. I knew that I wanted to be involved in the design field after attending a career day at my elementary school. I have pursued my dream since then and have succeeded while doing so. I am confident that my experience and relentless commitment to excellence makes me a great candidate for your open Graphic Designer position at Cloud Designs.

I have worked at Davis Marketing for three years, where I am the Lead Graphic Designer for a boutique marketing agency. During my tenure at this ever-growing firm, I’ve thoroughly honed my design skills, managing everything from sketching client ideas and developing branding ideas, all the way to recording client feedback and editing final designs.

Beyond my visual and design skills, I am an excellent communicator. I understand the importance of being able to work autonomously in a fast-paced agency while balancing internal dynamics alongside client demands. From a hard skills perspective I am familiar with a full suite of graphic design and illustration software. I consider myself a well-rounded candidate with the proficiencies required to excel in this position.

I’m familiar with the history and legacy of Cloud Designs, as your graphic design work is well-known on a national level. It would be an honor to join your team and further pursue my goal of working in a large agency with big-time clients.

I’d love to speak to you about how I would be a good fit as an Graphic Designer 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!

How to write a graphic designer 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 graphic designer
  • 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