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 Mr. Watson,

It is with great pleasure that I am applying for the Program Coordinator position at Riverside Community Health Center. Your community center is well-known for its dedication to the health and wellness of all individuals within the community and its commitment to making the health center feel like home. It is for these reasons why I desire to be a part of your staff as I admire and value both of these attributes.

As long as I can remember, I have been passionate about two things: helping people and leading a healthy lifestyle. As the health coordinator at Crane Elementary School, I was responsible for all the health and wellness initiatives in the entire building. This involved programs for students and staff alike. I helped start the walking program for students after lunch and during recess and for teachers before and after school. I also helped the school add healthier eating options to snacks and meals.

I also volunteer at a local community resource center to provide information and resources to low income or homeless families. This allows them access to healthy food, cooking plans and ways to stay well all year long. I know I can bring the same level of passion and attention to detail to the program coordinator position at XYZ Community Health Center.

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 VXYZ Community Health Center.

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


How to write a program coordinator 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 program coordinator
  • 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