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. Franklin,

It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I am applying for the Physician position at Wray & Nephew University Hospital. Your medical facility is well-known for its excellent work and deep commitment to the health and wellness to those within the surrounding underdeveloped community. It is for this reason I aspire to be a part of your medical staff as I admire and value both of these attributes.

During my ten year tenure at Crane & Jenkins Medical University as a physician, I was responsible for the daily operations of the urgent care which included conducting routine check-ups of patients to assess their health condition and discover possible issues, prescribed and interpreted lab tests to obtain more information for underlying infections or abnormalities and collaborated with a team of dynamic physicians, physician assistants and nurses to form a high performing medical team.

It is my belief that mutual respect and a spirit of cooperation are a must for providing the highest quality of patient care along with supporting the organization’s prosperity and growth. I welcome and I am very excited to participate in and develop such positive relationships between myself, the physicians, and mid-level providers at Wray & Nephew University Hospital.

In closing, I am thrilled at the possibility and would love the opportunity to meet with you and discuss the value I can bring Wray & Nephew University Hospital.

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


How to write a physician 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 physician
  • 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