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,

As a recently graduated Chemistry major of the University of Crane & Jacob, I am thrilled at the opportunity to work with you in your laboratory. I have a strong passion for chemistry, and with my variety of experiences and education, I am confident that working in the chemistry field will give me not only the chance to share my knowledge with others but also the opportunity to learn from the practical experience and its surroundings.

I recently acquired my B.S. in Chemistry from the University of
Crane & Jacob in June 2018 and I have gained a wide range of experiences. From writing lab reports and daily construction to inspecting reports, these experiences have shaped me into a hard worker who can get along with others.

The enclosed resume includes more information about my education
and work experiences. Please do not hesitate to contact me at (123) 456-
7891 if you have any further questions.

I am thrilled at the possibility and would love the opportunity to meet with you and discuss the value I can bring to your laboratory. I look forward to speaking with you soon.


How to write a recent graduate 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 recent graduate
  • 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