What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?
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!
Dear Dr. Johnson
I am writing to apply for the position of English Professor with an emphasis in literature at Crane & Jacobson College. I am a Ph.D. candidate at Riverside University, currently revising the final chapter of my dissertation, and expecting to graduate in May 2019. I am confident that my teaching experience and my research interests make me an ideal candidate for your open position.
Over the past three years, I have tutored and co-authored a variety of English Literature courses. I have extensive experience working with ESL students, as well as students with a variety of learning disabilities, including dyslexia and dysgraphia, and disabilities like ADD and ADHD. I pride myself in creating a tutorial environment that accommodates the needs of my individual students
while still promoting a high level of critical thought and writing skills.
By teaching students from a wide range of backgrounds and learning styles I have honed my communication and creativity skills, enabling me to heighten student interest, participation, and motivation. I know I would thrive as a teacher in your college, due to your belief in small classroom size and individualized support for students. Not only does my teaching experience suit the needs of your school and department, but my research interests also fit perfectly with your description of the ideal candidate.
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 professor 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 professor
- 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