Sample Cover Letter for a Human Resources Generalist Job
Use This Sample Cover Letter to Help You Write Your Own
Need a sample Human Resources generalist cover letter? This sample cover letter follows recommended best practices. It connects the special qualifications of the applicant with the most important requirements listed in the job posting.
Whether you are emailing or mailing your application, use business letter style to format the cover letter so that it appears professional. In an online application, you will paste this letter into any available space that is open for comments and additions.
When you are writing the letter, make sure that your cover letter has the keywords from the job posting. In an online application, this is how employers frequently find qualified applicants.
Additionally, I have covered the general must dos and guidelines needed to write an effective cover letter in my sample HR manager's cover letter and in why cover letters should matter to employers. You'll want to take a look at both resources before writing your own cover letters.
Sample Cover Letter to Apply for an HR Generalist's Job
Here is the sample cover letter to apply for the position of HR generalist.
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 Generalist caught my attention because your key requirements for the position are strengths that I possess personally.
I have also exhibited these strengths in my current job. The industry in which I currently work, engineering, has many similar challenges to those you describe for your software development company.
My six years in HR as an assistant and then, as a generalist, have allowed me to grow and develop both professionally in my HR knowledge and experience and as an employee leader within my company.
I look forward to another HR generalist position to continue my growth in the field and ultimately, to serve an organization as their HR manager. Your position appears to allow this growth.
You requested applicants who have a passion for people and HR. I demonstrate this daily in my current job. I have responsibility for training and some aspects of organization development so I have been able to express my creativity and my ability to build effective programs. At the same time, working with our managers, I have strong experience in employee recruiting, interviewing, and retention strategies.
Your job posting requires experience in compensation and benefits. In my current generalist job, I have responsibility for administering benefits and working with accounting on payroll and compensation. I also do much of the administrative work as we are a smaller organization with no HR assistant.
I exhibit strong attention to detail and an ability to keep projects moving forward. I am responsible, accountable, reliable, and take ownership of any area or project needed by my employer.
One of the things that excited me about your current job opening is the potential to work in several areas in which I have limited experience.
These areas included developing an onboarding program for employees since you are hiring many new employees this year. My experience in employee training will complement this requirement.
Your posting also requested skills in change management as you plan to develop the skills of your workforce in this area. Since change management is part of organization development, I have some experience, but not a lot specifically in change management. I have worked more with general management development. I am exceedingly interested in expanding my knowledge in this area.
My resume details the experience that I have highlighted in this letter. Having had just one employer since college, I am excited to consider opportunities to do new things and expand my knowledge in the HR field. Your position appears to provide this potential.
Your advertised position also appears to fit my experience, accomplishments, and education. I am working on my PHR at my local university currently as requested and have my Bachelors degree in HR.
I look forward to meeting you during an interview. Based on my experience and your job description, we appear to be a good fit for each other's needs. I am available at the numbers and email listed below.
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Table of Contents
- Human Resources Cover Letter Sample & Resume
- Human Resources Cover Letter (Text Format)
- 5 Tips for Writing A Cover Letter
1. Human Resources Cover Letter Sample & Resume
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Human Resources Cover Letter (Text Format)
142 Facebook Blvd.
Raleigh, NC, 94301 United States
March 21, 2017
Hiring Manager’s Name
341 Company Address
Raleigh, NC, 94301
Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],
My name is Beatrice Gable, and I am a Human Resources Specialist skilled in all aspects of HR with special training in recruiting and staffing and company compliance. [Target Company’s] HR Manager opening was brought to my attention through a colleague, and I believe I am a suitable candidate for the position.
In my 5 years of HR experience, I have worked with prestigious companies like Accenture and American Express, both large corporate entities that demand high levels of expertise and knowledge of the industry to succeed. To underscore my accomplishments and value to these companies, I have included three examples of my work experience from my resume:
- Served as Personnel Chief for all HR processes, including on-boarding and off-boarding, personnel transfers, correspondence, and directives for 150+ employee branch.
- Saved branch 17% annually by implementing cost containment measures related to benefits, compensation, and overhead.
- Assisted in reallocating resources by incorporating an algorithmic approach that reduced labor costs by 25% in 2016.
[Target Company’s] recent undertaking of overhauling compensation packages for immigrant workers so that it allows them reasonable vacation time and healthcare benefits is a wise strategy that will make [Target Company] more competitive in this year’s job market. I hope to contribute to such initiatives should I take the position as HR Manager.
The prospect of working with [Target Company] thrills me, and I would like to schedule a time to interview as soon as possible. Please contact me at [Phone] or via Email at [Email] so we can arrange a suitable time. Thank you for your time and consideration; I look forward to hearing from you.
5 Tips for Writing a Human Resources Cover Letter
1. Start With a Thorough Introduction: Your introductory statement to your cover letter should be informative. In 2 to 3 sentences, you need to convey relevant work experience, skills or specializations, and your intent.
A confident tone should resonate throughout your cover letter.
2. Be Assertive: Cover letters are intended to be specific, so you need to tell a hiring manager what you want, and why you want it. On that note, be sure to mention the desired position and to address the company at least once.
3. Sound Confident: A confident tone should resonate throughout your cover letter. To achieve this, you need to explain why you’re the only qualified person on Earth for the position.
4. Include a Few Resume Examples: Use your best work experiences to convince hiring managers that you’re up to the task. A good way to do this is to include bullet points that show your effectiveness in your previous role(s).
5. Show Your Interest: Before your conclusion, show your interest in the company by complimenting them on a particular service or initiative of theirs you admire. Being ‘in the loop’ will make you stick out from the competition.