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

I am thrilled to be applying for the position of Secretary with Seaside Insurance. I believe that my five years of experience as a Secretary and my proactive, energetic, and service-oriented personality make me a perfect fit for the job.

Within my current position at a local dental office I have proven myself to be a valuable member of the team. My responsibilities include maintaining schedules, keeping records, greeting patients and scheduling appointments as well as making sure the office runs smoothly at all times.

My hard work and professionalism has earned me multiple awards during my tenure with this company, including “employee of the month” on several occasions. Additionally, our company has been awarded “Best Customer Service” by the Chamber of Commerce for three years running! While this victory is shared by the entire office, I’m confident that my service-oriented attitude contributed to our success.

I am familiar with best practices when it comes to handling sensitive, confidential information. I have superior organizational skills and I always go above and beyond for my clients. I would love the opportunity to put these skills to work at Seaside Insurance.

I am confident I will meet and surpass expectations in this role. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to speak with you soon regarding an interview.

How to write a secretary 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 secretary
  • 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