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]

Dear Dr. Maria Gonzalez,

It is with great pleasure that I am applying for the Child Therapist internship at Vivid Counseling Clinic. As you will see from my attached resume, I am a graduate of the XYZ program at Riverside University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology.

My experience working at Crane & Jacobson afforded me the opportunity to develop new therapeutic skills and expand on personal attributes vital to the therapeutic process. I have a strong work ethic and I am self-motivated, intuitive and organized. I have a positive attitude, and most importantly, great interpersonal and communication skills.

During my two year tenure at Crane & Jacobson, I was able to interact with and assist at-risk youth through individual, family, and group counseling on issues ranging from depression and anger management to interpersonal relationship difficulties and substance abuse. I believe interning at Vivid Counseling Clinic will be a great opportunity to contribute to my counseling skills while building upon my experience with children, adolescents and their families. I am dedicated to fostering a safe environment and working with each individual to develop customized plans to improve their quality of life.

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 Vivid Properties. and appreciate your time and consideration and look forward to speaking with you soon!


How to write a psychologist 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 psychologist
  • 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