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

Dear Ms. Ivy Haddington,

I am honored to have the opportunity to apply for the position of Lab Technician in ABC Institute. With a career goal of working in a scientific environment, I believe that this position lines up seamlessly with my ambitions. Not only do I find thrill in working in this field, but the learning curve and potential also excites me.

During my last employment at DEF Testing, I mustered 8 years of experience working in a laboratory assigning physicians perform technical diagnostics and collecting and recording extensive sets of data. Over my tenure at DEF Testing, the laboratory reportedly increased its accuracy by 10% when compared to the four years before my employment commenced.

As diligence and being meticulous are two of my favorite motivators, I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of maintaining a high standard of accuracy and detail to achieve accurate and favorable results.

Having qualified from one of the top science schools in the country, I graduated with a bachelor's of science honors finishing in the top 10 percent of my class. Volunteering in different scientific studies exposed me to the world of lab testing and cemented my passion for the career. One of the studies involved testing DNA for a specific genetic disorder and my team played a vital role in helping researchers identify the genes related to that specific disorder.

Should you require any clarification about my application, please do not hesitate to get in touch. I am contactable on (123) 456-7891 or at emoore@email.com. I am available for an interview at your convenience.


How to write a lab technician 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 lab technician
  • 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