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]

Dear Cody,

It is my pleasure to apply for the position of Office Assitant at your company. As a highly skilled and experienced Office Assistant, I am confident that I will provide immense value to the team at ABC Company.

I have a strong passion for efficiency and constantly strive to get things done effectively and on time. As a result of my tenacity for work order and positive business flow, I have been commended time and time again by various executives and managers throughout my 8 years of experience working as an Office Assistant.

An opportunity to work in ABC Company will not only provide your team with an excellent team player who is able to follow instructions accurately and effectively but also with the advantage of in-depth industry knowledge that has been gathered over my many years in operation. I hold high regard for work ethics and procedure and pride myself in my ability to work exceptionally well under pressure while maintaining high standards always.

In my current position at DEF Company, I work closely with the sales and marketing team to help ensure that correspondence and collaborative efforts are seamless and on track to meet deadlines. I find pleasure in serving others and have had the privilege to assist the Director of Marketing several times during my tenure here.

Given my skills and expertise, I am confident of my ability to effectively execute the role of Office Assistant in ABC Company with the assurance of exceeding expectations. I thank you for your kind consideration of my application for this position and I look forward to learning more about your company.

Should you require any clarification, kindly get in touch and I am available for a discussion of the same at your earliest convenience.

[Your Name]

[Phone Number]

How to write an office 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 office 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