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 an experienced retail sales associate with a strong history of leadership, it is my pleasure to be applying for the Supervisor position with Seaside Books. I would love to bring my skills and experience to work with your company.

In my most recent position as the lead sales associate at a local women’s fashion chain I supervised a team of five sales associates. I was responsible for assigning tasks, monitoring their performance and offering guidance when needed as well as planning a break schedule while ensuring each area of the store had proper coverage. I was also responsible for assisting in the interviewing and training of new employees and seasonal staff members. Of course, I also fulfilled customer service duties as well by greeting customers, processing sales transactions and more.

Throughout my time working in retail I have always demonstrated excellent time management skills, attention to detail and the ability to look at problems on both large and small scales. I have proven myself to be an effective leader who is well respected by my co-workers. Additionally, I have always received positive feedback from my customers and was named employee of the month three separate times last year!

I would love to bring my strong customer service and leadership skills to work at Seaside Books and I have no doubt that I’d be a great asset to the team. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to speak to you soon regarding an interview.


How to write a supervisor 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 supervisor
  • 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