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,

As a graduate of Seaside Secondary School I am delighted to be applying for the open position of School Counselor. I bring with me five years of experience as a youth counselor for the Seaside Youth Club and a passion for helping better the lives of our nation’s children.

In my previous role with Seaside Youth Club I led group counseling programs as well as providing individual support for children. I had the opportunity to work with youth from all different backgrounds and cultures. I also learned about the mental illnesses and learning disabilities that some students face. My experience in this role has turned me into a well-rounded Counselor with a deep understanding of the challenges that today’s youth face.

Throughout my work experience I have proven myself to be an excellent listener, a creative problem solver, and a source of support. My days as a student aren't so far behind me, so I feel that my students are able to trust and relate to me. I have never been more committed to helping students overcome obstacles. There is no greater reward than seeing someone rise above challenges and conquer their goals.

Thank you for taking the time to review my application. I look forward to speaking with you further about this opportunity. With my previous work experience and passion for this field, I'm confident that I would be an asset to Seaside Secondary.

How to write a school counselor 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 school counselor
  • 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