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 grew up believing that college wasn’t in the cards for me. As the child of a single mother who always lived hovered the poverty line, post secondary education seemed like a stretch. Fortunately, in high school my school social worker helped me realize that there were options out there for me regardless of my financial background. I now hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and I’m thrilled to be applying for the Social Services opening with Seaside Secondary School. I hope I can impact a child’s life in the same way my School Social Worker impacted mine.

In my previous role with Seaside Community Services I was responsible for a diverse caseload. I have experience working with clients who needed help arranging health care services, finding employment, receiving mental health counseling, and beyond. This experience has transformed me into a well-rounded Social Services employee and I am grateful for that. However, my passion is working with youth to help them experience a positive learning environment and build a bright future.

I have repeatedly demonstrated to my employers that I have the ability to manage a large caseload without sacrificing the quality of service for my clients. I have helped clients overcome huge obstacles, including secure affordable and secure housing, overcome addictions, and develop career paths. I have been praised by both my supervisors and my clients for the compassion and dedicated service that I provide. I believe that anyone can accomplish whatever they set their mind to as long as they have a support system in place. I would love to be that support system for the students of Seaside Secondary.

Thank you for taking the time to review my application and I look forward to discussing this role with you in more detail in the near future.

How to write a social services worker 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 social services worker
  • 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