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!

[Your Name]
September 17, 2019

  • [Phone Number]
  • [e-mail]

Hi Mark,

I have been fascinated by medicine my entire life –– or at least as long as I can remember. There is something about being able to offer both proactive and reactive care to patients that leaves me in awe. 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. This is exactly the direction in which I have taken my career. I am confident that my experience would make me a great candidate for your open Administrative Intern position at Deacon Pediatrics.

I have worked at Crane Podiatry last summer, where I was an intern under the Administrative Assistant for a small doctor’s office. During my summer internship I learned about patient intake, staff scheduling, appointment setting, and office supply management.

Beyond my administrative and technological skills, I am a quick learner. I am excited about the possibility to work in a more fast-paced office like Deacon Pediatrics. Not to mention, I love working with children. I understand the importance of balancing both learning while also taking charge. I consider myself a well-rounded high school intern and am dedicated to helping your office while further honing my skills.

I’m familiar with the history and legacy of Deacon Pediatrics, as I myself was a patient many years ago. It would be an honor to work for such a well-respected doctor’s office, especially as I gear up to apply for college.

I’d love to speak to you about how I would be a good fit as an Administrative Assistant Intern 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 high school student 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 this opportunity and your interest in it
  • Use the first paragraph to explain why you are a great candidate
  • Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
  • 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 cover letter should be one-page or or less in length