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]

Hi Mark,

Ever since I can remember I have been a natural caretaker and have always taken pride in helping others. There is something about being able to offer incredible service to people that fulfills me. I knew that I wanted to be involved in the hospitality field after seeing how happy people were on vacation. Indeed, that is exactly where my career has taken me, and I am confident that my experience would make me a great candidate for your open Hospitality Team Member position at Dream Hotels.

I have worked at Beaching Travel for over four years, where I am the Hospitality Team Member for a bustling travel agency. During my tenure in this position, I’ve thoroughly honed my hospitality skills, managing everything from vacation scheduling and pricing services, all the way to filing organization and preparing reports. I have also worked in the field, traveling to various hotels that we are associated with in order to demonstrate our excellent level of service.

Beyond my administrative and personal skills, I am an excellent communicator. I understand the importance of being able to work autonomously in a fast-paced hospitality environment, all the while maintaining an even-keeled demeanor that offers a great patron experience. I consider myself a well-rounded candidate with both the tangible and intangible proficiencies to excel as I transition to a position grounded further within the hospitality industry.

I’m familiar with the history and legacy of Dream Hotels, as I myself have been a guest at multiple of your properties over the years. I am familiar with the level of service expected by guests at Dream Hotels; this is exactly why I jumped for joy when I saw this opening for a Hospitality Team Member.

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 and I am also immediately to begin immediately. Thank you for your consideration. I hope to hear from you soon.


How to write a hospitality 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