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 Ms. Haddington,
I am writing to convey my interest in becoming a Librarian for your library. With a skill set that is well-rounded coupled with experience and enthusiasm for the job, I believe that I am the ideal candidate for the job.
ABC Library has always been a landmark in the community and has always been the foundation to my learning. I would be honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the growth of the library and to impart upon the same solid foundations of learning for the future generations to come.
When it comes to experience as a librarian, I have served as a librarian in the DEF Public Library and have nothing but compliments to say about the work carried out. From acquisitions to scheduling to implementing policy and training new hires, I have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the job especially when interacting with patrons and customers of the library.
One of the projects that I take pride in was the children program that I took charge over. During my time, attendance for the children’s program increased by over 40% with an increased overall visit of at least 20%.
Working with a diverse community has helped me appreciate culture and has created a passion within me to help grow ABC Library to be an open access library to all those that value the legacy of the library.
I am enthusiastic to represent the library as part of the community and to help improve a stronger system. I am eager to discuss further about this opportunity in hope to be considered for the position. I look forward to hearing from you and am available for an interview at your convenience.
How to write a librarian 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 librarian
- 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