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

Dear Hiring Manager,

As a skilled Social Worker with 5 years of experience, nothing brightens my day more than seeing my clients overcome their biggest obstacles. That is why I am so thrilled to be applying for the open Social Work position with Seaside Community Services.

Within my previous position with Seaside General Hospital, I was responsible for arranging ongoing health care services for my clients. I was also tasked with following up with both patients and care-providers to ensure that the care plan was being followed and serving my clients’ needs. I also acted as a liaison between patient family members, patients and care providers to ensure that everyone was on the same page.

I’m detail oriented and have superior organizational skills. I know that if I drop the ball my care plans will come crumbling down, so I am always thorough and consider all possible outcomes of every decision I make. I have consistently received positive feedback from my supervisors who appreciate my detailed reports. On top of that, I’ve receive praise from patients and patient families for always being transparent and offering steady guidance.

I take great pride in my work because I know that what I do can change people’s lives for the better. I would be proud to help make those changes with Seaside Community Services too. Thank you for your consideration.


How to write a social 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 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