What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?
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!
- [Phone Number]
Dear Ms. Johnson,
As a long-time fan of your company, Scientific Modern Ltd., I was excited to see an open Junior Intern position at the New York City, NY office on your website. It would be an amazing opportunity to work with this company, and I feel that my academic and professional experience would make me an ideal candidate for the role.
My academic experience as a MA graduate at Manhattan University and my published work in Biochemistry Archives Magazine have given me the opportunity to work with a diverse team of scientists, journalists and business people. I know your company is looking to gain more attention across many professional disciplines, so my collaborative experience would be an asset.
I also have a strong work ethic and am dedicated to fulfilling my responsibilities, which would be well suited in an internship at Scientific Modern Ltd. In my barista work, I was recently acknowledged for my outstanding attendance and timeliness record. I feel that these skills would be strong assets as your intern this summer.
In closing, I am excited about this internship opportunity and feel that I can support the future direction of your company. Thank you for your time. I appreciate your consideration.
How to write an internship cover letter?
- Learn how to write a cover letter for an internship by following these steps:
- Start a cover letter with your personal information at the beginning. Include your name and your contact information, including your phone number and email address.
- Next, address the cover letter to the person who will be reading it. This is probably the hiring manager or point of contact in the internship posting. You can also find the right name by calling the position or searching online. When in doubt, you can address it to “The Hiring Manager” or “The Hiring Committee”.
- Reference the internship you are applying for and where you saw the open position listed. This reference is usually in the first sentence of the cover letter.
- Use the rest of the introduction to write about why you’re interested in this internship and why you’d be a genuine fit for the company and culture.
- The next paragraph should talk about how your skills and experiences will help you excel at the internship and how you can support the employer. This perspective can be more compelling to employers than just reading about your achievements or interests. Be specific and use quantitative and qualitative examples if possible.
- Write about your best skills, experiences and accomplishments that are relevant to the position. Concentrate on what you can bring to the job, not where you need to improve.
- Be optimistic and respectful in the closing paragraph. Mention your interest in talking about the position in more detail and thank them for reading your application.
- Sign the letter formally. Popular sign-offs include “Sincerely” and “Respectfully”.
- Edit your cover letter until it is a maximum of one-page in length.
- Finally, check the cover letter for correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. If you’re unsure, share your cover letter with a friend or mentor so they can proofread it.