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,

For as long as I can remember, I knew that I wanted to be involved in the human resources field. I have always loved to make people happy, feel valued, and solve problems. This led me to building the career of my dreams. I would love to continue to advance my career as an HR Generalist at Davis & Company.

I have worked in Human Resources for over four years where I am the HR Generalist for a burgeoning recruiting agency. Throughout this time I have thoroughly honed my HR skills, managing everything from compensation packages and healthcare plans, all the way to performance reviews and maintaining employee records.

Beyond my administrative and organizational skills, I am an excellent problem solver. I understand the importance of being able to work autonomously in a fast-paced HR environment, all the while maintaining an even-keeled demeanor that is friendly towards both management as well as the employees I assist.

I’m familiar with the history and legacy of Davis & Company. Your excellent reputation spans decades and Davis & Company is the largest recruiting agency in the region. Naturally, I am excited by the opportunity to be considered for this position.

I’d love to speak with you about my potential to join your team as an HR generalist. I am available for an interview at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your consideration. I hope to hear from you soon.


How to write a hr generalist 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 hr generalist
  • 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