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

Dear Mr. Green,

It is with great pleasure that I am applying for the Probation Officer position with the State of Riverside. My experience overseeing probationers and parolees, and well my comprehensive education in criminal justice and sociology, give me confidence in my ability to significantly benefit your department. I am a very hard worker who keeps calm under pressure and I believe I am able to provide the support people need and guidance in turning their lives around.

With more than 10 years’ of experience as a probation officer, I am adept in monitoring offenders, making sentencing recommendations, and helping offenders re-enter society as productive members. From preparing pre-sentence investigation reports and holding revocation hearings to preparing warrants, my background has prepared me to excel in this role.

In addition to my experience and personal qualities, I have a solid educational foundation and a passion for offender rehabilitation. I am extremely enthusiastic about the State of Riverside's focus on the successful reintegration of offenders and would love the opportunity to contribute to your ongoing success.

My ability to connect with individuals and establish trusting relationships, along with my strong communication and organization capabilities, positions me to thrive in this position.

I am keen to be part of your winning team and I appreciate your time and consideration and look forward to speaking with you soon.


How to write a probation officer 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 probation officer
  • 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