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]

[Phone Number] | [e-mail]
September 17, 2019

Dear Ebony,

I am writing to apply for your recent posting for the non-profit position with your organization.
I have more than five years of experience working for an international non-profit hunger relief organization. In my current position, I devise programs to educate large corporations on corporate social responsibility and how to mobilize the necessary resources implementing life-changing aid to the needy ones. Those experiences have trained me to be meticulous, creative and resourceful.

My compassionate nature and excellent interpersonal skills enable me to excel in public relation. Taking advantage of this, I often liaise with numerous entities, governmental bodies and even high-profile individuals to successfully draw grant and funds into the organization. As such, I am very well versed with ways to circumvent administrative red tape.

With a strong passion for helping others through charity work, in addition to my full-time job, I also volunteer at the local soup kitchen distributing sustenance, primary medical care and necessities to low-income families and homeless. This humbling yet enriching experience has taught me to be grateful and made me more eager to give back to society.

I take pride in my successful contribution to changing thousands of lives from diverse backgrounds by assisting non-profit organizations to achieve their annual goals. I am excited to join your organization and would appreciate a chance to touch the lives of those within your outreach. Please do not hesitate to contact me for clarification or to arrange for an interview, at your convenience.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


How to write a non profit 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 this opportunity and your interest in it
  • Use the first paragraph to explain why you are a great candidate
  • Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
  • Thank the reader and express interest in discussing your application in more detail
  • End the cover letter with an appropriate sign-off and your full name
  • Your cover letter should be one-page or or less in length