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]

Dear Justice Fredrickson,

I am writing in application for the judicial clerkship available in the Supreme Court.

With two years of experience as a judicial clerkship in the Magistrates Court, I am excited to apply my knowledge and skills to this position.

I am an honors graduate from XYZ Law School with significant achievement in both academia and in the field. Before my judicial clerkship in the Magistrates Court, I was chosen to be a judicial intern for The Hon. Darrell Warren if the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. I was also an active participant in the Personal Support Unit concurrent with my studies as a law student.

To be chosen as a judicial intern in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, I had to compete against dozens of applicants and succeeded in my application. From the internship, I learned the intricacies of performing legal research for criminal cases, drafted judicial opinions and assisted the judge during appeals and court proceedings.

The Hon. Darrell Warren affirmed my passion and appreciation for the justice system and he referred to my efforts as being “one of the finest qualities of work produced by a legal intern” and that I “demonstrated substantive knowledge and discerning intellect of legal procedures and precedent applicable to case reviews and appeals”. He also referred to me as being a hardworking, diligent individual with a clear legal passion in upholding the justice system.

My most recent experience as a judicial clerk has cemented my passion to continue working as a judicial clerk alongside the best judges in the country.

I believe that my knowledge and passion for the legal system will provide value to the Court with a clear focus on exceeding expectations in service of excellence and integrity.

Thank you for your kind consideration and I can be reached at (123) 456-7891 or mrabb@email.com.


How to write a judicial clerkship 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 judicial clerkship
  • 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