The Way We Work
May 4, 2010 by Erica Benton

A cover letter is your first—and perhaps only—chance to impress a potential client or employer. Don’t let that intimidate you, though. A cover letter is, in fact, your opportunity to shine. It gives an employer a brief glimpse of the potential success you bring with you. Your experience, your personality and your enthusiasm all play a part in helping you land the job. Don’t leave them behind when building your cover letter.

How do I write a Cover Letter? In general, be honest, genuine and professional. But the details can get a bit more complicated. Follow these simple guidelines to create a compelling cover letter that will be hard for an employer to resist!

  • Start with a warm and professional greeting. This person is considering hiring you – so your opening should encourage them to think of you as someone they’d like to work with. “Dear Mr. Smith,” “Dear John Smith,” or “Mr. Smith,” are all appropriate. “Hey Bob,” “What’s up, Jim?” or anything extremely casual should be changed to err on the side of formality. Don’t know the name of the person doing the hiring? “Dear Hiring Manager,” is a great way to set a professional tone from the get-go.
  • Get to the point. Your cover letter is not the time to write a novel about yourself. Let the employer know why you’re contacting them, what skills you have that make you the right person for this position, and where they can find more information about your work experience: “I’m interested in the position of Lead Blogger you recently posted. I have been a professional writer for nine years, and am very familiar with WordPress and Typepad. During my 3 years as editor-in-chief of BeingInterested, I managed a team of writers that produced 5 blogs posts a week. You can see some of my own writing in my portfolio (…)
  • Hit the highlights. Most job postings will give you very clear hints about the type of skills the desired candidate will have. If you have these skills, you should mention them – repeating the employer’s needs for the role and how you fill those criteria will make it clear that you are the right person for the job: “You had mentioned that you were looking for someone with a background in creative writing and journalism. I studied both in college, where I majored in English. I began my career as an assistant editor at the local paper, where I learned to take a hands-on approach to investigative journalism.”
  • Follow directions. Many potential employers will ask candidates to fulfill a specific request in their cover letter. This is designed to help them quickly weed through applications, and cull out those who are taking the “copy & paste” approach to submitting resumes. If you’re asked to answer specific questions or include a keyword in your reply, make sure you do it! As an added bonus, calling out that they have requested this information is a great way to let them know you are about to make their hiring decision even easier:  “Per your request, here are the links to three articles I’ve written about local events, gardening or technology….”
  • Close the sale. Make sure you let them know your availability for the position and invite them to contact you to discuss further. It’s a polite way to “ask for the job” and reinforce your enthusiasm for working with this employer:  “Moving forward, I can dedicate 15 hours/week to your company, and my daily hours are negotiable. I’m very excited to assist you in making your blog successful – please feel free to contact me directly to discuss this position further.”
  • Reread, edit and consider. Before you click “send”, take another look at the job description. Did you address all of their criteria in your cover letter? If you were the person hiring for this position, would your cover letter fit the bill? Does your profile and your portfolio support your application for this job? (If not, don’t apply! Save your energy for a position that better suits your skills and abilities.) If you’re unsure, ask a friend to review the job posting and your cover letter, and listen carefully to their perspective – they might find a hidden gem that makes the difference in you landing the job!

Cover letters are the first view an employer or client gets of you, so make sure you’re putting your best foot forward. For more tips on crafting a successful cover letter, check out our previous post on Writing a Killer Cover Letter, a brief list of ways to ensure your cover letter is truly “killer”.

Got your own thoughts on crafting a successful cover letter? We’d love to hear them!

Erica Benton

Social Media Guru

Erica Benton joined oDesk in 2009, bringing with her nearly a decade of small business and freelance experience, and a love of all things social. Her passion for startups, technology and marketing was born during her tenure with Kulesa Faul Public Relations, while she learned the art of entrepreneurship firsthand through Equine Alternatives, a business she founded while earning her Bachelor of Science degree from… read more

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    Noticing that some people use contractions such as “I’m” in their cover letter, I was wondering whether this is a good practice in a “formal” letter?

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    Dear Hiring Manager,

    I’m a certified J2EE architect with experience in migrating applications to the cloud, and I’m very interested in your job post involving these skills.

    I have recently worked in (Globally hosted operating system) as a team leader, where my responsibilities included developing the platform built using Java J2EE technologies. This infrastructure was built entirely on Amazon AWS.

    My experience creating J2EE solutions includes building and deploying scalable solutions on top of Amazon AWS. I am an expert in AWS EC2, S3, SDB, and RDS. I have consistently delivered projects on time and under budget, which has earned me the role of team lead on a number of recent projects, as you’ll see in my work history. I believe my skills would be ideal for your project.

    A number of my projects are in my oDesk portfolio. My work for, in which I transferred a complicated Javascript app to the cloud, is very similar to your position.

    I am available to chat by IM, email or Skype, and would be happy to set up a convenient time to discuss the application you’re moving and some ideas about the safest way to get it into the cloud. I will be available 15 hours per week for this position.

    Bapon Dicosta

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  • Usman Shahzada

    Well I believe since the medium is web based and its the cover letter that can impress a buyer so for this your communicational skills do matter a lot, you should be very good in writing & speaking English (if your client interviews you using skype)

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    • Saif

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    • dinar

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  • Rodger

    Thank you!

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  • Snigdha

    Hi Erica,

    Very useful guide for new comers on odesk, it covers all aspect of “do’s” but If it covers “don’ts” such as contact detail in the covering letter guide will become complete.


    • Samuel Answer Chibuike

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    This guidelines provide detailed guidance on how to craft an overall excellent cover letter so you can make it perfect and customize it to your own experience and to
    the role you are applying for.


    Darshana Dias

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    I followed some of your friendly advice regarding the best way of making cover letters.this is my first time in applying job in odesk.I hope I can make it… wish me luck.!

  • Tanveer Hasan

    Hello Erica mam, thank you for your valuable advise . I am a new employer for this site. I felt confusion about cover letter. Now I follow your advise and try to make a great cover letter.

  • Areesh I.

    Hi Mem Erica, I am also an odesk User as a link Building expert, can you please tell me what is a Good time to bid? i will be thankful.

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    I am data entry expert. I will work low rate. I know english and bengali. I want to work hourly.

  • Vivian Butler

    Thank You!!! I am sure Odesk is talking about the CV’s they seen me submit…lol..I really did need the help…lol…Now I feel more confident and can structure the cover letter properly…lol..Thanks Odesk…

  • Surender shankhal

    Thank you so much Steven Brough for the good guide in writing a cover. it gives me clear idea on how to make it

  • vilma

    it is very helpful for me as a first timer to write a cover letter. Thanks, indeed. Look forward to your next helpful tips soon.

  • Ronnie J. Castardo

    Thank you so much Maam Erica for the good guide in writing a cover. it gives me clear idea on how to make it

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  • Steven Brough

    From someone who has read through a lot of cover letters, my advice would be two things, first repeat back to the buyer how you have understood the project and then a little bit about how you would go about doing the work of it. Second, provide a targeted sample. Show an example of something you have done that is as close to the type of work being requested, not lists of links. Always provide samples of your writing if it is a writing job.
    I could go on forever here but the buyer is looking for someone who understands what it is he/she is asking for, if you can show that you do understand the requirements then straight away there will be an empathy between the two of you. Hope this helps.
    PS. Don’t use generic cover letters unless you want to be seen as generic, most buyers scan hundreds, even thousands of replies and like Google, they can spot duplicate content a mile off. Hope this helps.

    • jane

      Hi Mr. Brough! my first time here on oDesk trying to create a first made cover letter, and I would definitely take your advice!

  • Uzair Amir

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  • Aaqib

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    Great guide lines, after reading the document i drafted one for myself, and can modify and send to my employers in future.

    Thanks again.!!

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  • Zaman Khan

    Very helpful and best guidance.


  • Camille Golden

    In writing a cover letter,don’t be too humble.I guess,you have to act straight to the words.

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  • Saifullah

    Thank You

  • Omobolanle Akpan

    Dear Erica,

    I’m new here and I needed to read this since my first and only application was turned down on cover letter basis, thanks for the guide. I will work with this and hope for a good response soon.

    I couldn’t help noticing a little typo in your brief profile though …when she see one…….. I think it should be ‘sees’. I hope I don’t sound like a critical person cos i’m really not, just trying to contribute positvely!

    Thanks once again, looking forward to a great experience on odesk!

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  • Angel

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  • Abdul Q.

    Hello dear,,
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    I am a Seo expert, including blog commenting, Backlinking, link building, Social bookmarking, Directory submission, Data entry.. I have 5 years experience in Seo field and now start independently.. With struggling a lot to win a project over the Odesk and complete some tests and skills test, but still not getting projects from it. I request can you send me a sample cover letter for SEO expert please,, as will make the edit for each and every project i bid later on..
    When i will well experience in biding then i ll make my own cover letter..
    Mam i will wait for your kindness…

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  • Ayesha Siddika

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  • Sumeet

    Hello Mam,
    This is Sumeet and I’m a Web and Graphics Designer and struggling a lot to win a project over the Odesk as i’m here since last couple of years and complete some test and skills test, but still not getting projects from it. I request can you please send me a sample cover letter for web & graphics design project, as will make the edit for each and every project i bid later on.

    Please send me a sample cover letter.

    Best Regards,
    Sumeet V.

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    Dear Hiring Manager,
    i am interest in your job post involving these skills. I want to offer myself as a candidate for the same. I am an expert in facebook, social media marketing, twitter. I believe my skills would be ideal for your project.
    I shall respond to your further queries should you require so.
    In the above circumstances, may I hope that you would be kind enough to consider my application and appoint me to this job prayed for. I will be available 20 hours per week for this position.
    Liton Chandra

  • Muhammad Farhan

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    but you can tell me that how to join this, i want to work with this site as a data entry job

    • Erica

      Muhammad, we have many articles to offer guidance for new contractors here on the oDesk blog, but you may find more direct feedback from other users on the oDesk forums:

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  • Bernardino Pareno

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  • Softech BD

    Dear Erica,

    Thanks for important guidance to impress a employer. But honestly, I do follow all this steps while writing cover letter yet I got declined most of the time. Could you please let me know why??

    Waiting for your kind reply. Thank you.

    • Erica

      Dear Softech,
      Every employer has their own criteria they use to judge applicants by. In declining your application, employers should have selected a reason they didn’t choose you – what are they saying?

      You may also want to ask the community to review your profile and suggest improvements to make your application more attractive to employers.

      Success in online work comes from patience, persistence and continually looking for ways to improve.

      Good luck!

  • Shabbir

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  • Benigno

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  • Istehad Hossain

    I am agreed with Mr. Asif. It will be more potential if catagorised.

    Md. Istehad Hossain

  • Gargi


    Can I share my direct contacts- viz email id and chat id in a cover letter with a prospective employer?

    Actually in an example which I read in one of the odesk pages, I found the cover letter had the candidate’s email id and chat id. However, in the same page where instructions are given, it is clearly stated not to share one’s email id or chat id. I am confused as to which is the correct path.

    • Erica

      Gargi, please do not share your contact information in the cover letter. Interviews are done via the oDesk Message Center and many employers will not request your contact information until after you are hired.

      • http://freelancer Md. Aslam

        Erica how are you! I am aslam, i am freelance architectural designer. i am member of odesk.
        please reply your message.

  • hambim336


    I read this post 2 times. It is very useful.

    Pls try to keep posting.

    Let me show other source that may be good for community.

    Source: Assistant buyer cover letter

    Best regards

  • tharindurana

    Dear sir,
    I’m waiting for your job.I’ll finish my job as soon as possible..Please me kind enough

  • fastdone

    this is best guide for new comer thanks for your team

  • Edward Franklin

    This is exactly the kind of information, people new to Odesk need. Keep up the great work!!

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  • muhammad ismail

    I have studied throughout the whole matter and found good ways to write down a best cover letter for achieving a job best fit for the applicant. I always follow the same rules every at the time of posting the job on the sites.

  • Cyrus

    Thanks for the idea! wish to land a good and long term job with this.


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  • jimmy

    Its really very help full, Thanks!

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  • Brett Widmann

    Thanks for all the useful info!

  • Janely

    Thank you so much for the help…

  • Lao Tzu

    Not as good as this one, in my opinion:

    The Kreuzberger & Associates Do’s and Don’ts is the best advice I have yet read about writing to employers. It tells you what looks cheap and what annoys employers.

  • Tanmoy s.

    I want to translate this post into Bengali and publish in my blog.
    Erica, would you allow this?

    • Erica


      I would be honored if you would share this post with your blog readers in Bengali. Please link back to the original post here at, so that it is clear where you got the content of your article.


  • Supriyadi Widodo

    Thank you for sharing. It’s very helpful for new comer. Have a great day and good luck!

  • michael ylanan

    This is very helpful. Thanks a lot

  • Malik Abrar

    this is best guide for new comer thanks for your team….

  • Malik Abrar

    This is best guide to newcomer thanks for your team…

  • Mohamed Helal

    Well cover letter is a greate thing to market yourself or your company, i’m a proffessional .Net developer but i was failed to get myself hired although i had lots of experience, so when i red this artical it’s inspire me with a greate ideas of how to market myself well, after that i got a my dream job in multinational IT company here in Egypt.
    So nothing i can to say more than thank you so much.

  • Prabhu

    Yes, an Absolute guide for the beginners, and this could give me a great deal for writing quality covering letters, Thanks.

  • archie

    great guide, thank you very much….

  • reginald

    hi! guys.

  • Rayhan

    Thanks for your wonderful Tips. If you submit a full sample cover letter by catgorised It will be more helpfull for new contractor. Please do something for new contractor. Thanks again..

  • Mr.Shafique

    Thank you so much Erica this info about cover letter really help full not even for new provider i hope it will give the right way to write a good cover letter to experienced providers too.

    But i think it was more beneficial for providers if some sample good cover letter examples would be attached.

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  • Aasif

    Thanks for the wonderful ideas you put.

    I will be more appreciate if you catagorize by put some sample cover letter. for example

    1. For Data entry job
    2. For Web designing job
    3. For Presentiaon job
    4. For Marketing job

    And so on

    • Erica

      Aasif, thanks for the suggestion! Unfortunately, the skills providers bring to the table for these positions can vary greatly. I’d rather provide detailed guidance on how to craft an overall excellent cover letter so you can make it perfect and customize it to your own experience and to the role you are applying for.

      If you still are seeking sample cover letters for these fields, a quick search of the internet will turn up many good options.


      • sga

        Thank you help me out on cover latter. i am a first time writing a cover latter and much better to write in this type of helps

        Many thanks

  • Lydia Kim

    I absolutely agree with your assessment. Most job applicants think the longer a letter is, the better their chances are in getting hired. But its the complete opposite in my opinion. When applying for any position, I think being short, clean, simple is the way to go. Thanks for the tips. You should also try checking out this site:
    It also has great tips on how a cover letter can get you an interview

    • Hiffni

      These tips are very useful and informative, for we humans tend to forget. Now, I feel I am on the right track. Good work. Please keep it up. Thanks Odesk team.

  • JV

    Well cover letters are good to market oneself. I tried to use cover letters but after reading this post I realized that my approach was not entirely correct. But I was thinking about freelancers letting their professional profile speak for itself. For instance, there is this great website for freelancers called, where I can build my reputation and get noticed by business owners as opposed to using a cover letter. But hey, that’s me.

  • http://none charles pinheiroN

    good stuff to know. hope this helps me. thanks charles.

  • John

    A great guide!

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      • Omar Faruq

        Excellent job.I was totally unknown about the cover letter.I have applied many jobs but did not get any reply perhaps now I think it was for mistaking in fulfilling the cover letter correctly.This article some how will help me I think.Again I thanked the writer.

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          • dadibattini narayana

            very good idea. This is a window of opportunity for any new comer.