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 Chief Pilot Watson,

It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I am applying for the Pilot position at Vivid Flight Services. Ever since I can remember, becoming a pilot has been my dream. When I was a young child, I pretended I was a pilot flying to the most amazing places around the world with my grandfather who was also a pilot. I am a recent graduate of Crane & Jenkins Aeronautical University where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science.

I graduated number three in my class and was presented with the Chancellor Award for outstanding academic accomplishment and campus and community service. I was fortunate to attend Crane & Jenkins on a partial academic scholarship where I had the benefit of the most advanced flight training curriculum in the world.

Both the academic studies and the in-flight training programs were extremely rigorous and designed to prepare a pilot for virtually any situation. I had access to the most sophisticated aircraft and simulators available today and believe my education and hands-on training has served me well for a career as a corporate pilot.

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 Flight Services.

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


How to write a pilot 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 pilot
  • 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