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!
September 17, 2019

[Your Name]

  • [e-mail]
  • [Phone Number]

Dear Hiring Manager,

It’s my pleasure to be applying to the position of Research Assistant with Seaside University which I saw advertised on Resume.com. I'm particularly interested in sustainability and environmentalism and I know that this is one of your main focus areas. I'm confident that my education, previous work experience and personal interests would make me a great asset to your research team.

For the past 2 years I've been working as a Research Assistant for East Coast University. My responsibilities include coordinating the schedules of research participants, compiling data, and presenting it in reports.

As I performed my job duties I realized that our data collection system wasn't very streamlined. I suggested some modifications to my team and my ideas were well received. After implementation, my suggested changes enabled us to improve both the accuracy and the efficiency of the data collection process by 50% over our previous method.

Over the 2 years I've been in my current role, I've discovered that my favorite part of the job is developing data collection and reporting processes. I find data manipulation to be fascinating as well. At this point in my career I'm looking for a role than enables me to be part of a project that I am deeply passionate about. This is why I'm so drawn to your organization. I would love to play a part in researching sustainability to make our planet healthier for the generations to come.

I really appreciate you taking the time to review my application and I hope to speak with you soon regarding an interview. I have no doubt that my attention to detail, analytical thinking skills and commitment environmentalism and sustainability will make me a valuable and dedicate member of your team!

How to write a research assistant 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 research assistant
  • 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