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!

[Your Name]
September 17, 2019

  • [Phone Number]
  • [e-mail]

Dear Hiring Manager,

I recently learned that Grape Film Studio is searching for a Video Editor. As a highly skilled professional in this field, I would appreciate your consideration for the position. I am a big fan of the work your studio produces, particularly the recent commercial you made for the local tourism bureau! I thought your team did a wonderful job capturing the essence of the region.

Throughout my 20 years of experience as a Video Editor, I have had the opportunity to be part of the production of commercials for large national brands, cinematography projects for film studios, documentaries, corporate training videos and even television shows. In fact, one of the documentaries that I worked on won “Best Achievement in Film Editing - Documentary” at a national film festival last year!

I am a master at sorting, cutting and editing raw footage using the latest and most advanced tools. I know how to read a project brief and select the best pieces of footage to capture the look and feel your clients are trying to achieve with the project.

As an editor, I understand that it is imperative to have total comprehension of the executive producer’s view. Throughout my years of experience, I’ve developed superior communication skills that enable me to collaborate effectively and efficiently with the rest of the production team.

I would be delighted for the opportunity to bring my skills to work within your studio. I am confident that I can produce exceptional work for you and your clients. I thank you for your consideration and look forward to discussing this opportunity in more detail during an interview.


How to write a video editor 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 video editor
  • 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