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 Mrs. Stevenson,

Thank you for the opportunity to apply for the Paraprofessional position at Vivid Academy. From the moment I stepped into a special needs classroom for a volunteering position during my senior year of high school, I knew it was the place I wanted and needed to be to make an impact in the world.

As you will note from my enclosed resume, I hold a Bachelor's degree in Special Education as well as a current teaching license. Additionally, I have five years of experience in classroom settings which is why I am confident I can be an asset to your school.

During my tenure at Riverside Academy as a paraprofessional, I worked closely with lead teachers and school staff in the development of engaging curriculum that helped promote students cognitive, emotional and social development needs.

In addition, I was responsible for assisting classroom teachers with classroom sizes between 20-30 students and assisted students with their assignments. I helped grade and prepare classroom materials, and filled in for teachers as needed. In my previous roles, past supervisors have commended me on my ability to swiftly connect with children from diverse backgrounds and my solid classroom management skills.

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 Vivid Academy as a paraprofessional.

I appreciate your time and consideration and look forward to speaking with you soon!

How to write a paraprofessional 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 paraprofessional
  • 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