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!
September 17, 2019

[Your Name]

  • [Phone Number]
  • [e-mail]

Hi Tim,

Since childhood, I’ve always been attracted stories. There is something about being able to report on a story –– and create a beautiful narrative about anything –– that leaves me in awe. Although I knew from an early age that I didn’t want to be a news anchor myself, I knew that I wanted to be involved in the news and journalism field. 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 Journalist position at XYZ News.

I have worked at Haven News 5 for over four years, where I am a Journalist for a bustling news room. During my tenure in this position, I’ve thoroughly honed my journalism skills, researching and pursuing stories, meeting all deadlines, and creating amazing content for our news station.

Beyond my networking and creative skills, I always keep my integrity. I understand the importance of being able to keep journalistic integrity in a fast-paced environment, all the while maintaining an even-keeled demeanor that is friendly not only towards fellow staff, but more importantly towards anyone you come in contact with. I consider myself a well-rounded candidate with both the tangible and intangible proficiencies to excel in this position.

I’m familiar with the history and legacy of XYZ News, as I myself was watched and read all of your stories as a child. It would be an honor to work for such a cutting-edge news office; that’s exactly why I jumped for joy when I saw this opening.

I’d love to speak to you about how I would be a good fit as a Journalist 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 a journalist 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 journalist
  • 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