Complete Guide to Writing a Human Resources Job Cover Letter

Navigation Behavioral Consulting - Ashburn, VA 3.3

Five to ten years’ experience in a human resources generalist function including but not limited to: Conducts exit interviews and creates effective retention…

Estimated: $71,000 - $100,000 a year

Loudoun County Public Schools - Ashburn, VA 4.1

The Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Talent Development is responsible for developing and implementing a human resources strategy in support of…

$190,000 a year

Satair - Ashburn, VA 4.0

With more than USD 1.4 bn in revenue, Satair Group is a 100% wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus SAS and a world leader in sales and distribution of spare parts…

Estimated: $83,000 - $110,000 a year

Marriott International, Inc - Dulles, VA 4.1

Coordinate and conduct applicant drug screens, reference checks, background checks, motor vehicle checks, and social security number verification.

$22 an hour

US Department of the Interior - Reston, VA 4.2

Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.

$83,000 - $110,000 a year

Avantor - Leesburg, VA 3.2

Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification preferred. Work is mostly sedentary but does require walking, standing, bending, reaching, lifting or…

Estimated: $73,000 - $97,000 a year

Disney Cruise Line - United States 4.4

All new hires are required to undergo drug/alcohol testing within the first week onboard and throughout their contracts. Knowledge of Fidelio and/or SAP a plus.

Estimated: $62,000 - $82,000 a year

TECHNICA CORPORATION - Dulles, VA 3.8

Technica is seeking an experienced Human Resource (HR) Director to oversee all HR and Recruiting functions in our company.

Estimated: $93,000 - $120,000 a year

Unison - Dulles, VA 3.9

4+ years’ experience overseeing Benefits and HRIS systems required, ADP Workforce Now preferred. Assist in identifying and implementing Human Resources Programs…

Estimated: $70,000 - $93,000 a year

Guilford County Government - Greensboro, NC 3.3

SPHR, PHR, IPMA-CP, IPMA-SCP, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP certification or be willing to obtain certification upon hire. DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS.

$110,000 - $160,000 a year

Potomac Falls Health and Rehab - Sterling, VA 

Coordinate and manage the onboarding process of all new hires including post-offer/pre-employment screening (reference checks, drug tests, criminal history…

Estimated: $36,000 - $48,000 a year

Cofense Inc. - Leesburg, VA 3.4

Responsible for monitoring new hire candidates’ background checks of assigned business units through completion. Provides HR policy guidance and interpretation.

Estimated: $59,000 - $79,000 a year

Frisco Independent School District - Frisco, TX 

Frequent prolonged and irregular hours. Pamela Linton_, Chief Human Resources Officer *Date*: Human Resources related experience in public education preferred.

$79,000 a year

Commonwealth Health & Rehab Center - Sterling, VA 

Coordinate and manage the onboarding process of all new hires including post-offer/pre-employment screening (reference checks, drug tests, criminal history…

Estimated: $34,000 - $44,000 a year

US Other Agencies and Independent Organizations - Herndon, VA 4.5

To receive credit, you must indicate the month and year as well as the average hours worked per week for each employer. Credit Score must be at least 500.

$83,000 - $110,000 a year

Amazon.com Services, Inc. - Herndon, VA 3.6

We are looking for a dynamic, organized self-starter to join our Human Resources team as a Human Resources Leader for World Wide Public Sector (WWPS) Sales.

Estimated: $71,000 - $99,000 a year

The Plaza Assisted Living - Remote 3.8

The Human Resources Specialist is responsible for providing human resources support to the Director of Human Resources and the Plaza communities.

Estimated: $38,000 - $52,000 a year

Garage - United States 3.8

Regional Human Resources Manager – USA. Bachelor’s Degree, specialization in Human Resources or related discipline; Travel required as per business needs;

Estimated: $80,000 - $110,000 a year

Guernsey, Inc. - Dulles, VA 

Experience – five plus years of human resource management. Computer proficiency and technical aptitude with the ability to utilize MS word, Excel, Power Point,…

Estimated: $69,000 - $97,000 a year

Leidos - Lorton, VA 3.7

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical…

Estimated: $83,000 - $110,000 a year

Complete Guide to Writing 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.