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!
September 17, 2019

[Your Name]

  • [e-mail]
  • [Phone Number]

Dear Hiring Manager,

I am writing with a keen interest in the vacant Occupational Therapy position listed on your rehabilitation center website. With more than ten years of experience as an Occupational Therapist, I have an in-depth understanding of the diverse treatment modalities and caring of patients.

I have worked as an In-Home Assistance for the past three years. This in-job experience provided me the key skills of communication and observation which, paired with my technical knowledge, I was able to apply to the patients leading to successful rehabilitation. One successful patient was a veteran who had suffered from PTSD which affected him mentally and rendered him unable to leave his own home. Through the commitment of time and patience, I was able to communicate with him to understand his troubles and guide him on simple everyday tasks. By the conclusion of our treatment, he was able to integrate himself with society living a normal life.

Your rehabilitation center is one of the top centers in the country, and the effort that has been placed for each patient is second to none. I have also noticed that the facilities are of high quality and equipped with the latest technology. It is because of your center’s reputation and keenness of the latest technology, that I am greatly interested in working at your center. With my key skill sets and the experience I have gained, I am genuinely confident that I can enhance the value of the center.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for clarification on my attached resume or to arrange for an interview, at your convenience.

Thank you for your consideration

How to write an occupational therapist 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 occupational therapist
  • 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