How to Write a Cover Letter to a Recruiter


A professional recruiter may be able to help you find a great job, but even recruiters must pick and choose which applicants they are willing to work with. If you are hoping to sign up with a recruiter, prepare a concise but well-written cover letter that sums up your experience in order to make the best impression possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Bond paper
  • Printer
  • Write a formal salutation that directly addresses the recruiter by name. Research the recruiting company you are applying to and find out exactly what person will be reading your cover letter and deciding whether to call you for an interview, rather than just addressing the cover letter generically.

  • Write a two-to-three sentence paragraph introducing yourself and indicating what type of job you wish the firm to help you find. Emphasize your most attractive qualifications in your introductory title, such as "former head manager" or "successful web designer."

  • Write a second paragraph detailing more about what jobs you are qualified for. Include an honest account of why you left your last job, and give a brief overview of your salary history and the salary you are expecting to earn. It is important to be as upfront as possible while still referring to your career in a positive way so that recruiters will know exactly what to expect and be able to help you find the job you want. If you are willing to relocate for a job, or if you have any travel needs or specifications, indicate them in this paragraph as well. The more flexible you are, the more willing a recruiter may be to help you find work.

  • Write a closing paragraph indicating that you would like an interview or phone call arranged with the recruiter to discuss further opportunities, and mention any other documents, such as your resume, that are included. Thank the recruiter for his time and consideration, then type a formal closing and your name, double spaced beneath the paragraph.

  • Print your cover letter on bond paper and use a pen with black ink to sign your name beneath your typed name at the bottom.

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