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!
- [Phone Number]
Dear Mr. Greenwell,
Thank you for the opportunity to apply for the Paralegal position at Greenwell & Blacksmith. From the moment I stepped into a courtroom during my senior year in high school during a class trip, I knew it was the place I wanted to do my life’s work.
As you will note from my enclosed resume, I hold an Associates degree in Paralegal Studies and five years of experience as a legal secretary and it is why I am confident I can be an asset to your firm. During my tenure at River & Smoke Law Firm as a paralegal, I worked closely with the general counsel to provide paralegal assistance on multiple high-priority cases and projects in up and coming urban communities.
In addition, I was responsible for drafting legal documents which included briefs, agreements, and appeals. I also assisted in the preparation of legal motions and argument and performed legal research. I hope to bring the same productivity to your law firm.
My record keeping and communication skills allow me to ensure that information is recorded and distributed accordingly. In my previous roles, past supervisors commended my ability to swiftly and frequently come up with innovative solutions to any problems that arise when researching legal case files.
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 the Greenwell & Blacksmith Law Firm. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you soon.
How to write a paralegal 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 paralegal
- 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