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]

Dear Ms. Johnson,

As a long-time follower of your college’s outreach in the community and fantastic business management program, I am delighted to apply for this fall semester. The opportunity to join your top-level educators and eventually stand among your college’s alumni is one of my greatest goals. I feel that my education and recent volunteer experience make me an ideal candidate for admission into the program.

My educational experience throughout high school has given me the opportunity to work with a diverse group and meet the challenges of business in the modern digital age. I have taken courses specifically with your program in mind and feel that I have completed a well-rounded education that has prepared me for this next step. Additionally, I have recently earned an award for “Excellence in Business Studies” and feel your program will further my understanding of the subject and prepare me for my career.

In closing, I am excited about the opportunity to enroll for the coming semester and feel I would be a great part of your incoming student body. I look forward to hearing more about the program and appreciate your consideration.


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