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]

Dear Hiring Manager,

I am writing in application for the position of Manager at your company. With an extensive experience backed by excellent academic achievement creating the foundation of my abilities, I am certain that I will provide a strong and positive contribution to the team at ABC Company.

In my previous job as a Manager of DEF Company, I was responsible for the effective management of 20 employees all of which directly reported to me. My duties included the overseeing of all store operations such as opening and closing times, ensuring timely processing of payroll, auditing timesheets and handling customer and employee concerns efficiently. My impeccable customer service and innovative ideas have allowed me to identify key areas for improvement which have led to increased revenue by 150% in the past quarter.

My studies in business administration at GHI University has helped me develop strong conflict resolution and problem-solving skills, both of which play a critical role in any managerial position. I hold an in-depth understanding of many business aspects including the financial side of things.

I appreciate your time and consideration for me as a candidate to your Manager position and look forward to learning more about the company. You can reach me at (123) 456-7891 or sflores@email.com should you wish to discuss my application further.


How to write a manager 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 manager
  • 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