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 Ivy,

Since the age of 6 months, I have been a loyal visitor to the library. My mom introduced me to the activities session for infants and children on a weekly basis which blossomed my passion for being inside a library, flipping through books and arranging them in an orderly fashion. My engagement with libraries continued into my adolescent age where I would find peace and tranquility in the quiet corners of the library and into my adulthood where research and relaxation in the library comforted me.

Given my affinity with the library, I was thrilled to come across this job opening for a Library Assistant in ABC Library. There would be no job more fulfilling for me than to have the opportunity to be part of something significant to my learning and development.

Although I do not have specific formal work experience in the library field, I have previously volunteered as a Library Assistant in my high school since seventh grade. As part of the job, my duties included reshelving and arranging books in order and I naturally became accustomed to the Dewey Decimal System as a result of curiosity and necessity. I also helped in the complete revamp of the library’s technology system which hadn't been updated since 1998. This has given me a greater understanding into database and library systems which are both transferable skills.
With an unfathomable passion for reading and learning, I truly hope that I can help others develop a true sense of belonging at ABC Library and increase their desire to read and learn further.

I am confident that I am the right person for the job and am willing to prove myself. I have a very approachable personality and am comfortable with helping patrons navigate their way around the library by research or catalog referencing.

Thank you very much for your kind consideration and I hope to hear from you soon. I am available for an interview at your convenience and can be reached at (123) 456-7891 or adavis@email.com.


How to write a library 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 library 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