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.
See a cover letter for an HR manager's job application.
There are many things I like about this cover letter example for a Human Resources job. I also have some thoughts about how to make it better. Take a look at the letter that Liz wrote, then see my version, which has a few changes.
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Liz's First Cover Letter for a Human Resources Job
I am a young lady with a Bachelor degree of Commerce (B.Com – Human Resources) at the University of ** having graduated last spring. I am applying for the position of HR Administrator/Payroll Accountant. Currently I am working with ** as an Assistant Human Resources Officer.Taking initiatives has always been my academic and career focus. I certainly understand responsibility, hold an intense work ethic, possess social skills that can build and maintain relations across and beyond the organization and strive to do my best in any situation to meet corporate objectives.I believe my strength, abilities and skills make me a perfect fit for this job. I am extremely reliable, considerate, personable, and I am comfortable working with all personality types.Thank you for taking the time to review my credentials. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss how my education, practical skills, and background qualify me to be a member of your company.
Please give me a call at 555-555-5555 and/or email me at XX.
My Thoughts About Liz's Sample Cover Letter
What I like best about Liz's cover letter is that it's short and has a natural flow. I feel like I sort of know her after reading it. That’s really nice!
Without going into a lot of detail, here are a few things that I think would improve this cover letter.
- The opening sentence needs a little help. “I am a young lady” sounds old-fashioned and out of place here. I suggest deleting that phrase and reworking the sentence to make a smoother entrance to the rest of the letter.
- The second paragraph has good stuff in it. I think it would be great to break it into bullet points with a short intro sentence at the beginning.
- Don't say that you’re a "perfect fit" for the job. Let them decide that. You could say you’re an "excellent candidate" for the job. It’s a little more humble, yet still confident (in my way of thinking).
Here's what Liz's letter might look like with these suggestions implemented.
Improved Version of Liz's Cover Letter
Having recently earned my Bachelor degree of Commerce (B.Com – Human Resources) at the University of **, I would like to apply for the position of HR Administrator/Payroll Accountant at your firm. Currently I am working with ** as an Assistant Human Resources Officer.Taking initiative has always been my academic and career strength, along with:
- Understanding responsibility.
- Holding an intense work ethic.
- Possessing social skills that build and maintain relations across and beyond the organization.
- Striving to do my best in any situation to meet corporate objectives.
I believe my strengths, abilities and skills make me an excellent candidate for this job. I am extremely reliable, considerate, personable, and I am comfortable working with all personality types.
Thank you for taking the time to review my credentials. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss how my education, practical skills, and background qualify me to be a member of your company.
Please give me a call at 555-555-5555 and/or email me at XX.
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