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]

  • [Phone Number]
  • [e-mail]

Dear Hiring Manager,

I am very interested in the position as a summer Volunteer with Seaside Pet Health that you posted on Resume.com. I am deeply committed to supporting animal welfare. I also happen to be graduating from my Bachelor’s degree in Biology next year and am planning to apply to Veterinary School. This volunteer experience would give me the opportunity to get a closer look at the veterinary profession and a positive reference would be a huge asset to my graduate school application. I would be honored to start my Veterinary career with your clinic!

I am a top student within my degree program and have a strong work ethic. My professional work experience includes multiple customer service roles, including three years as retail sales associate and one year as a waitress. I have a positive, can-do attitude, I’m a self-starter and have an upbeat personality. I take pride in all that I do and always try to deliver exceptional results. I’m a quick learner and don’t need a lot of direct supervision.

I would be thrilled for the opportunity to put these skills to work at Seaside Pet Health. I believe we all have a civic duty to help out and improve our community’s well-being. I’m confident that I would be an asset to your team and I’m sure that I will learn a lot throughout this opportunity that will aid me with my future career goals.

If you would like further information about my previous work experience or wish to further discuss my qualifications, I am more than happy to come in for an interview at your convenience. Thank you for taking the time to consider my application

How to write a volunteer 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 this opportunity and your interest in it
  • Use the first paragraph to explain why you are a great candidate
  • Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
  • Thank the reader and express interest in discussing your application in more detail
  • End the cover letter with an appropriate sign-off and your full name
  • Your cover letter should be one-page or or less in length