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 Police Chief Macintosh,

It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I am applying for the Police position at Orange & Sun Police Department. Ever since I can remember, becoming a police officer has been my dream. When I was a young child, I loved pretending I was a police officer ensuring the safety of the community and making sure the bad guys stayed away.

I am a recent graduate of Crane & Jenkins Police Academy and I have five years of experience working as a police officer. I also hold a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. During my five year tenure at River Tech Police Department, I performed area patrols on foot, in patrol cars and by bicycle and responded to traffic incidents, domestic disputes, and criminal activity reports.

Both my academic studies and academy training were extremely rigorous and designed to prepare a police officer for a variety of situations. Additionally, I have been praised by my superiors for my calm and authoritative demeanor especially during moments of hostility and tension.

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 Orange & Sun Police Department.

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

How to write a police 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 police
  • 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