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 Ms. Perry,
Thank you for the opportunity to apply for the personal assistant position at Vivid Realty. Along with a degree in business management and five years of experience within the real estate industry, I am sure sure I can be an asset to the team of realtors.
As you will note from my enclosed resume, I was the personal assistant at River Realty to three different realtors. While there, I managed all aspects of their scheduling including personal and professional and arranged appointments, organized transportation and travel, and accommodation. I excel at multitasking and time-management as I answered phone calls and relayed messages, created documents, ran business errands and maintained ongoing business files.
I am a confident, polite and organized individual with excellent communication skills. In my previous roles, past supervisors have commended me on my ability to swiftly and frequently come up with innovative solutions to any problems that arise. As required, I can work and thrive in a high-pressure environment.
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 Realty. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you soon.
How to write a personal 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 personal 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