Sample Cover Letter for a Human Resources Generalist Job

Use This Sample Cover Letter to Help You Write Your Own

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Need a sample Human Resources generalist cover letter? This sample cover letter follows the 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 a 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, general must-dos and guidelines needed to write an effective cover letter are covered in the 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 Job

This is a sample cover letter to apply for the position of an HR generalist. Download the HR generalist cover letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

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Sample Cover Letter to Apply for an HR Generalist Job (Text Version)

Ramon Hernandez
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345

September 1, 2018

Joshua Smith
Director, Human Resources
Acme Office Supplies
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321

Dear Mr. Smith,

Your job posting for a Human Resources Generalist caught my attention because your key requirements for the position are strengths that I possess personally and professionally. 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.

I demonstrate my passion for people and HR daily in my current job. I have responsibility for training and some aspects of the organization’s development, so I have been able to express my creativity and my ability to build effective programs. 

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 exhibit strong attention to detail and the ability to keep projects moving forward. 

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. 

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 bachelor’s degree in HR.

Based on my experience and your job description, we appear to be a good fit for each other's needs. I look forward to meeting you for an interview.


Ramon Hernandez