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. Morrison,

It is with great pleasure that I am applying for the Public Health Nurse position at Vivid Clinic. As you will see from my attached resume, I am a graduate of the XYZ Public Health program at Riverside University’s Graduate School of Public Health Education.

Along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and full licensure to practice, I have five years of experience working as a public health nurse professional for the Crane & Jacobson Clinic and I am confident I would make an excellent candidate for this position.

My experience working at Crane & Jacobson Clinic afforded me the opportunity to be involved in investigating health trends and analyzing public health information while preparing reports and designing health education programs for the public. My work has involved setting intervention priorities for identified problematic health trends and needs and implementing programs to address them.

While I have greatly enjoyed my work at Crane & Jacobson Clinic I am highly interested in providing health education and addressing health trends and needs more locally and the Vivid Clinic position would allow me to do that. I have excellent communication skills and excel in establishing good intervention strategies.

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 Clinic.

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


How to write a public health specialist 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 public health specialist
  • 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