Complete Guide toWriting a Human Resources Job Cover Letter

MGT Consulting Group - Remote 

Perform day-to-day compensation and benefits administration including enrolling new hires, processing and reporting changes and terminations, COBRA management,…

Estimated: $52,000 - $76,000 a year

CFO Dental Partners - Remote 

Bachelors Degree in Human Resources or a related field preferred. Proficient understanding of employment law and human resources best practices.

Estimated: $62,000 - $79,000 a year

Arlon Graphics LLC - Waterford, MI 

Manage the vetting/background check process ensuring comprehensive checks are conducted on all new hires and existing employees as per our company and client…

Estimated: $47,000 - $62,000 a year

US Department of Defense - Chantilly, VA 

Please follow all instructions carefully. Whether creating the latest innovations in satellite technology, contracting with the most cost- efficient industrial…

$100,000 - $130,000 a year

Washington University in St. Louis - St. Louis, MO 

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the…

$21 - $27 an hour

Jacobs - Herndon, VA 

10+ years human resource business partner experience. Must be able to work a minimum 40-hour workweek, normally Monday through Friday. Must be a US citizen.

Estimated: $50,000 - $74,000 a year

Glenrose Gardens - Atlanta, GA 

General availability by phone/email during regular business hours is required,. Coordinating the onboarding of new hires.

$40 an hour

Yelp - Remote 

You will assist with onboarding new hires (system entry, paperwork validation, background check administration). You will create and maintain employee files.

Estimated: $40,000 - $54,000 a year

Signature Flight Support - Dulles, VA 

Provides or oversees training to employees, management and human resources representatives on human resources programs. Reasoning and problem solving skills.

Estimated: $69,000 - $86,000 a year

Springdale Ice Cream & Beverage - Springdale, OH 

Previous experience working in Human Resources at a manufacturing plant. Assist with general orientation for all new associates. Basic math and computer skills.

Estimated: $59,000 - $87,000 a year

US Department of Justice - Honolulu, HI 

To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as the number of hours worked per week) spent in activities. In accordance with 5 U.S.C.

$79,000 - $120,000 a year

Ideal Concepts, Inc. - Allentown, PA 

We are highly motivated to hire someone interested in providing comprehensive human resource consultation, guidance, and support services to maximize the…

Estimated: $67,000 - $94,000 a year

McMillen Transportation - Atlanta, GA 

Ability to work remotely Monday-Thursday from 8 AM-2PM (and any other time you're available is a bonus!). Most people in our company are averaging 2-3 hires a…

Estimated: $50,000 - $64,000 a year

World Relief - Remote 

2000e 1(a) World Relief has the right to, and does, hire only candidates who agree with World Relief’s Statement of Faith. SHRM or PHR certification preferred.

Estimated: $65,000 - $81,000 a year

Cask NX, LLC - Remote 

Everyone who applies with the qualifications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender…

Estimated: $61,000 - $77,000 a year

US Department of Defense - Chantilly, VA 

Please follow all instructions carefully. Whether creating the latest innovations in satellite technology, contracting with the most cost- efficient industrial…

$100,000 - $130,000 a year

Trout Unlimited - Remote 

A bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field; Demonstrated computer proficiency is a must including experience using MS Office applications and HRIS.

Estimated: $120,000 - $150,000 a year

Complete Guide toWriting a Human Resources Job Cover Letter

Our complete guide to writing a human resources job cover letter will show you everything you need to get started.

What is a cover letter?

If you’re interested in a human resources career, and you’re looking for a job, the cover letter is a great place to begin. A human resources job cover letter is a personal introduction from you to your prospective HR employer. You can think of it as a partner to your resume. While your resume lists your relevant professional and educational background, the HR cover letter is a way to get more personal and tell your prospective employer about yourself.

A cover letter typically has a few basic requirements you should include:

  1. A formal greeting to the person who will read your letter
  2. Specific reasons why you chose to apply to that company
  3. Examples of professional skills you have that would make you an asset in a human resources capacity. If you are applying for a human resources position in the medical field, your cover letter will have a different set of skills than if you were applying for a human resources job in the film industry, for example.
  4. Prior experience in human resources that would make you a good fit for the company
  5. Some knowledge of the company’s professional goals
  6. Your signature
  7. Current contact information

Note that a human resources job cover letter isn’t the same as an email introduction. In the latter, you’ll typically just give your name and express interest in applying for the job before providing your contact details. The cover letter is longer and provides a more personal look at you as a human resources professional. It tells a story, expresses some of your interests in the field and gives background details on your education and experience.

Researching a cover letter

Doing a quick internet search for examples of human resources cover letters is a great way to get a general idea of how they are structured. Seeing these samples can help you figure out how to organize your own. A job site can give you an idea of the kinds of information people like you put into their human resources cover letters.

Choosing a proper template for your human resources letter can help you with the basic outline and can help you organize the themes and information you decide to include. Finally, take a few minutes to research the specific company to which you’re applying. Learn what they do, what their goals are and how they are growing.

Writing your cover letter

Before you start writing your human resources cover letter, make sure it is in the proper format. Cover letters should begin with your name and contact details. Next, put the current date and the name and address of the company. Start the letter with a greeting. Use the hiring manager's name if you know it. You can use "Dear Ms. Jones," for example. If you don’t have a name, simply direct your letter to the hiring manager.

Your opening paragraph should explain your reasons for writing and why you want to work for the company. Give brief details about what drew you to their door in particular.

Next, provide a few paragraphs on how your professional skills and background would be an asset to this company. Focus on hard skills that relate to the industry, especially those listed in the job posting, and give examples of what you can do. You can include a brief overview of how you became interested in the field and what shaped your path. Focus on notable achievements in the field, such as using your conflict-resolution skills to resolve a difficult issue.

Conclude your cover letter by restating why you would work well with this company. End with a formal closing such as "Sincerely," followed by your hand-written signature.

To stand out from the crowd, find your writer’s voice and stick to it. Your voice might include humor or some other general tone that helps to make you unique. Avoid clichés or anything that could apply to most people.

Proofread

When you have finished your cover letter, check it for errors. Many cover letters end up in the trash due to spelling or grammatical errors that could have been easy to avoid with a quick glance. Also, make sure all the details you have included relate to human resources.

Printing and saving

Save an electronic copy of your cover letter in various formats that are easy to open. Files like .doc, pdf or even plain text are great options. Take the extra step to stand out by printing the physical copy of your letter on high-quality paper.

Common mistakes and tips on avoiding them

Now it's time to review common errors people make when writing their cover letters and what you can do to avoid them.

Irrelevant information can be easy to miss. Remember that the personal experiences you put here should tie into your skills as a human resources worker in some way. Check the template of your cover letter for formatting and make sure your letter is nicely organized. Ideally, you want to include a good mix of professional highlights plus enough personal details to make a solid connection with the reader.

Before you print or submit your cover letter, do one more check for spelling or grammatical errors just to be on the safe side.

Keep the tips in our guide to writing a human resources job cover letter in mind and you’ll have one more tool in your job-seeking repertoire.