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 Ms. Sofia Flores,

With over 10 years of experience working in the corporate department of XYZ & Co., I am confident that my skills and knowledge will prove invaluable to your firm.

With specialties in environmental law, corporate advisory, due diligence and compliance, I am keen to be a part of your Legal corporate team. Some of my achievements include the incorporation of ABC Company in 2017, acting as lead counsel in the corporate multinational, multimillion-dollar merger between DEF Company and GHI Company, as well as publishing reports in the Global Law Publication and World Water Institution.

Aside from attending to corporate work, I headed the incorporation of a pro bono unit in the firm aimed at helping asylum seekers and refugees in need of legal aid. In the same line of community service, arrangements with restaurants and bakeries were made to help refugees and asylum seekers gain access to food resources. I have also worked closely with the UNHCR on a pro bono basis with a specific focus on helping women who are a subject to domestic violence and abuse.

I graduated from ABC Law School in 2008 at the top of my class with high distinction and am part of the Alumni of Lincoln's Inn in the United Kingdom. I am also on the board of the Lexis Nexis global network.

Not only do I have the skills and expertise to back my application, I have a substantial list of long-term clients that have nothing but compliments about my legal services.

Thank you for your time and consideration of my application and I look forward to hearing from you soon.


How to write a legal 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 legal
  • 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