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]

  • [e-mail]
  • [Phone Number]

Dear Ms. Sofia Flores,

I am ecstatic over the prospect of serving as a Law Enforcement agent at the Municipal Police Department. With over 6 years of active experience serving my local community since the age of 16 and working as a police explorer, the fulfillment of helping community members in need has concreted my determination to become a Law Enforcement agent.

From my experience working with communities and as a police explorer, I have always been praised for being a proactive member with a drive to solve problems successfully and efficiently. I believe that this positive response is due to my attunement to body language which has significantly helped me identify motives to solve issues.

As part of my most recent job working as a Community Officer in the local police department, I was responsible for fostering relationships with employees at local retail outlets such as gas stations, grocery stores and shops. I found that my position related very closely to the demands of a Law Enforcement agent due to the need for being the eyes and ears to obtain leads when investigating or pursuing a suspect. I believe that to be effective in this role, there is a need to gain the trust of the community as a good rapport with members of the public will result in a higher likelihood of assistance being offered when needed.

Ever since a young age, I have always been meticulous by nature with high attention to detail to following rules and regulation. I am attentive to procedures which has been noted in my performance appraisals and that the reports I produce are excellent allowing court proceedings to run smoothly.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my application to be a Law Enforcement agent and I am available for an interview at your convenience.

How to write a law enforcement 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 this opportunity and your interest in it
  • Use the first paragraph to explain why you are a great candidate
  • Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
  • Thank the reader and express interest in discussing your application in more detail
  • End the cover letter with an appropriate sign-off and your full name
  • Your cover letter should be one-page or or less in length