What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?
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!
Dear Mr. Malik Rabb,
I am writing in application for the position of Legal Assistant in your firm. As a highly skilled and experienced legal professional, I am confident that my skill set and expertise will prove to be valuable to your firm.
Awarded a Lexis Nexis certificate for research, I take pride in my meticulous research skills combined with a creative problem-solving approach that analyses cases from all angles including the view from outside the box. This approach has resulted in many successful and favorable outcomes for clients and partners of my current firm have applauded my work with bonuses and promotions aplenty.
Not only does my demonstrated skill set stand out, my expertise in all aspects of corporate, with particular attention to compliance law, is a perfect match for the job requirements. My previous job gave me the opportunity to manage my own client files, work closely with equity partners, perform legal research, conduct client meetings and produce contracts, advice, opinion pieces and due diligence reports. As part of the job, correspondences with local authorities and government agencies is commonplace which helped me establish collaborative relationships within these organizations.
With over 6 years of experience in the legal field, I am proud to also contribute to my community through active volunteering with the Personal Support Unit which provides pro bono legal services to those in need.
I look forward to learning more about your firm and am available for an interview at your convenience. Thank you for your kind consideration.
How to write a legal assistant 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 assistant
- 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