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 Mr. Darrell Warren,

Upon learning that your office is in need of an Office Clerk, I hastened the submission of my resume for your kind review. Ever since I learned about your company, I have always held a strong desire to work for ABC Company given the stronghold of being leaders in the industry.

As a diligent, organized and extremely motivated professional with proven experience in administrative, clerical, accounting and general office support, I am confident that my presence in your team will serve to be extremely valuable.

With a broad experience in various office duties such as accounts payable and receivable tasks, maintaining client and customer records, scheduling meetings and appointments, providing customer support and other administrative work, I have helped drive corporate performance to optimal levels by ensuring efficiency and timely deliveries.

Backed by exceptional verbal and written communications and multitasking abilities combined with my extensive background, I excel at increasing productivity in the workplace.

The highlights of my career include:

More than 7 years of experience working as an Office Clerk in a fast-paced environment in one of the leading companies in the industry. Duties include performing administrative tasks such as managing correspondence, answering phone calls, appointment setting, filing, basic bookkeeping and some cash management.
High proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint and SalesForce, Vantage and GRMS.
Exceptional multitasking and organizational skills with the added advantage of excellent time management to ensure project deadlines are met.

With the eagerness to prove myself and exceed your expectations, I ensure a commitment to deliver the highest level of office support possible. I adapt easily and work well under pressure with an efficiency that requires minimal supervision.

I thank you for this opportunity and for kindly considering my application for the position of Office Clerk in your company. I look forward to your favorable response and am available for an interview at your earliest convenience.


How to write an office clerk 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 clerk
  • 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