Need a sample cover letter that you can use as a guide when you apply for jobs as a Human Resources manager? This sample cover letter follows best practices and highlights the special qualifications of the applicant.
Before you write a cover letter, review the employer's specifications in the job posting carefully. For best results, research the company so that you have a basic familiarity with what the organization does and the customers it serves before you write your cover letter.
This cover letter is an effective guide for the following reasons.
- The letter is addressed to a specific person, either the hiring manager or the Human Resources staff person who was identified in the job posting. If not available, a quick call to the company allows you to identify the appropriate person.
- You made it easy for the prospective employer to contact you by providing home phone and cell phone numbers and an email address.
- Name the specific position for which you are applying so the HR recruiter knows immediately for which position he or she is screening your cover letter and resume.
- The sample cover letter highlights the two most important items that qualify you for the position in the first paragraph. The employer does not have to connect the dots between the position advertised and your qualifications.
- Based on the traits, skills, experience, and values that the employer sought in the job posting, you have brought your qualifications to the employer's attention.
- Your letter refers to several points of experience on the enclosed resume that qualify you for the employer's open position.
- The sample cover letter ends with a quick summary of your qualifications and the value you can bring to the HR manager job.
- You provide salary requirements, if the employer requested them in the job posting. (Yes, it may not seem fair, but withholding this information can make your application invalid.)
- The cover letter provides the potential employer with a positive sense of whom you are and what you value and could bring to his organization.
- You end the cover letter with a call to action to exhibit energy and a desire to move to the next step in the application process.
Sample Cover Letter to Apply for an HR Manager's Job
If you are emailing or mailing your application, use business letter style to format the cover letter. In an online application, you will paste this letter into any available space.
Name of Hiring Manager or HR Staff
Company City, State, Zip Code
Dear Mr. or Ms. Hiring Manager or HR Staff (Use Last Name):
Your job posting for a Human Resources manager caught my attention because my HR management experience has been in a similar industry, so I am familiar with the challenges. In addition to leading the HR department, I am a strategic business partner in my current position and serve on the executive team. My twelve years in HR as an assistant, then generalist, and now manager, have allowed me to grow and develop professionally and as a leader.
You are seeking an individual with strong passion to innovate and drive for solutions. Since I started the HR department from scratch in my current organization, and have led the adoption of all people processes, systems, policies, and procedures, I qualify. Personal accountability for results and my integrity are respected and unquestioned.
Your posting emphasizes an eagerness to learn and continually improve. I am active in the Society for Human Resources Management and regularly attend professional conferences. Even more importantly, I have fostered a learning organization in my current company. I established a performance development and career planning process that utilizes both internal and external development opportunities for employees including mentoring, job-shadowing, team leadership, and classes.
I am most anxious to join an organization where HR is respected and where I can continue to provide input to the strategic business issues while implementing forward thinking HR and talent management strategies. Your advertised position appears to fit my experience, accomplishments, and education. I have my PHR currently and plan to pursue my SPHR next as you requested.
I am relocating to your city in the next few weeks for family reasons and was excited to see your opening that so closely fits my current dream job. I am anxious to contribute to a new organization with the same energy, creativity, and commitment that I have brought to my past positions. My exploration of your company website, my discussions with several of your current and former employees, and your reputation in the business community lead me to believe that we would also be a good cultural fit.
I will be in your city regularly over the next few weeks and would like the chance to interview with your team and get to know you. From everything that I can see as an applicant, we are potentially a solid team.