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]

[Phone Number] | [e-mail]
September 17, 2019

Hi Frank,

Since childhood, I’ve been fascinated by banking. There is something about being able to create opportunity through investing that intrigues me. I knew that I wanted to be involved in the banking field from a young age and thus made the educational and professional steps necessary to do so. I am confident that my experience would make me a great candidate for your open Investment Banker position at Davis & Cook.

I have worked at Standard Bank for over four years, where I am the Investment Banker for a bustling community bank. During my tenure in this position, I’ve thoroughly honed my investing and banking skills, managing everything from raising capital and analyzing risk, all the way to corporate restructuring and creating financial models.

Beyond my math and analytical skills, I am an excellent problem solver. I understand the importance of being able to work autonomously in a fast-paced banking environment, all the while maintaining an even-keeled demeanor that is respectful but approachable to management, team members, and clients. I consider myself a well-rounded candidate with the necessary hard skills and soft skills to excel as an Investment Banker.

I’m familiar with the history and legacy of Davis & Cook, as my parents were both clients. It would be an honor to work for such a reputable investment firm.

I’d love to speak to you about how I would be a good fit as an Investment Banker 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 an investment banker 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 investment banker
  • 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