What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?
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!
Dear Mr. Smith,
Thank you for the opportunity to apply for the office manager position at Casa Blanca Management. Along with an undergraduate degree in Sociology and eight years of experience in the administrative arena beginning as a receptionist moving my way up to office manager, I am certain in my ability to become a key member of the executive team.
As you will note from my enclosed resume, during my tenure at River Cloud Construction as the office manager I was responsible for selecting and implementing new office policies as well as running daily operational functions of the company including warehouse operations, project management, travel and event planning, shipping/receiving and logistics. I hope to bring the same productivity to your company.
Throughout my career, I have shown my employers my ability to meet organizational objectives and needs. In addition to my administrative and project support skills, I am a skilled writer and proofreader and enjoy using my natural abilities and creativity to produce different documents from newsletters to brochures.
In closing, I am thrilled at the possibility and would love the opportunity to meet with you and discuss the value I can bring to Casa Blanca Management supporting the executive team. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you soon.
How to write an office 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 office 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