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]

[Phone Number] | [e-mail]
September 17, 2019

Dear Hiring Manager,

I am writing to apply for your Web Developer position at Web Inc that is currently listed on Resume.com. I saw your recent win at the annual Tech Industry Awards and was really impressed by your CEO’s acceptance speech. It’s clear that you are pioneers in the industry and I would be thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such a brilliant team.

I have worked as a web developer for the past three years, since graduating with honors with a degree in Computer Science. During this time I have had the opportunity to gain experience in the field and the chance to explore my skills and creativity. As a result, I have realized that I truly enjoy this career because it allows for endless creativity. I am eager to continue growing professionally and hope to one day open my own Web Development firm. However, I think I still have a lot to learn before embarking on that adventure!

I am familiar with PHP, ASP.NET and Javascript programming languages and have proven to have exceptional problem solving skills. I am also interested in UX and spend much of my free time learning about it. I believe this has helped me immensely when it comes to conceptualizing projects, because I am not only thinking of the end goal, but also the user experience. I strive to build powerful websites that have a logical layout and are designed to convert. I work well under pressure and have no problems meeting tight deadlines. I enjoy the collaborative aspect of this job, and I’m always open to input and advice from my colleagues.

I would be honored to bring my skills and work ethic to support the team at Web Inc. Be sure that I would work hard to help achieve company goals and I believe it would be a great learning experience. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to speak to you soon to learn more about this opportunity.


How to write a web developer 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 web developer
  • 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