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]

  • [Phone Number]
  • [e-mail]

Dear Mrs. Lawson,

It is with great pleasure that I am applying for the Principal position at Crane & Jacobs Elementary School. I hold a graduate degree in Elementary Education and a certification in educational administration. Additionally, I have worked as a high school principal for more than five years and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am excited and well prepared to share my knowledge with your school program and curriculum for maximizing the learning experience for students.

With excellent experience in program initiative, staff development, promoting a safe environment and optimizing learning, I hold a remarkable record for exceeding all the faculty goals through good external and internal communication and a strong commitment for maintaining a student-centered learning center. I am an energetic and warm individual who has a passion for enriching the lives of students.

During my five year tenure at Crane & Jacobs High School, I was praised for my "can do attitude" and my ability to swiftly connect with all students. My ability to promote team-building skills, multicultural awareness, ethnic and racial appreciation and creating an effective staff development plan was also commended by the superintendent and other education administrators.

Finally, I would like to say I have heard nothing but excellent things about your school, and I am keen to be part of your winning team. I appreciate your time and consideration and look forward to speaking with you soon!

How to write a principal 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 principal
  • 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