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How to Write a Product Manager Cover Letter That Will Get You Hired

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Carlos González De Villaumbrosia

September 01, 2023 - 10 min read

Updated: May 6, 2024 - 10 min read

The Product Manager cover letter is your golden ticket to landing your ideal role, where you lead projects, impress leadership, and enhance the user experience. You've mastered the skills, networked effectively, and polished your resumé. Yet the cover letter remains a hurdle for many. 

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We get it—you'd probably rather wrestle with a product roadmap than write a cover letter. A staggering 31% of job applicants skip sending a cover letter altogether, often to their own detriment. Why? Because crafting that perfect cover letter can make you stand out in a sea of resumés, proving that you're not just another applicant—you're the right applicant.

Consider it your unique platform to showcase yourself beyond your resumé, weaving a narrative that aligns your skills and experiences perfectly with the company's objectives and culture. 

So, whether you're a seasoned Product Manager eyeing your next big challenge or a newbie aspiring to break into this exciting field, this guide is your roadmap to writing a cover letter that will not just open doors but have hiring managers practically rolling out the red carpet for you. Ready to make your first impression your best impression? Let's get started.

Why is your cover letter the golden ticket to your dream PM Job?

You're probably wondering, "Why should I focus on a cover letter when most hiring managers are swamped with applications and barely skim through them?" Good question. Here's the answer: When it comes to first impressions, your cover letter isn’t just a garnish; it's the main course. 

In a sea of near-identical resumés, a compelling cover letter can divert your application from the "maybe" pile straight to the "let's interview this person ASAP" pile. It offers you a chance to tell your story, align your skills with the company's needs, and show your unique value—something your resumé alone can't do. 

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So if you want to transform from just another applicant to a top-of-mind candidate, then crafting an unforgettable Product Manager cover letter is a MUST.

Kicking off: What is the purpose of the cover letter?

Here’s your stage to unfold an enthralling narrative, one that showcases your irreplaceable skills and how you’ll be a game-changer for the company. Flex those communication muscles and craft a story that answers these critical questions:

  • What makes you the standout candidate for the job?

  • Why are you excited by the world of product management?

  • What's the magnetic pull that makes you want to work for this specific company?

Keep those questions as your North Star, and you'll pen a cover letter that will stand out.

A step-by-step guide to crafting your Product Manager cover letter 

Though often underestimated, a well-crafted cover letter can be the difference between a "Thanks, we'll be in touch" and a "When can you start?" So, if you're ready to make an impression that sticks, you're in the right place.

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Step 1: Research the Company

Before you type a single word, know the company you're applying to like the back of your hand. Look beyond the job description—explore their products, values, and culture. To make your cover letter more relevant to the needs of the organization, find out more about its mission and core values. Your cover letter needs to be a tailored masterpiece, not a one-size-fits-all afterthought.

Step 2: Nail the opening

Don't just start with, "I'm applying for X position." Yawn. Kick things off with something memorable. Maybe cite a recent product launch that impressed you, or briefly state what excites you about product management and how it aligns with this specific role.

Step 3: Connect the dots

You've got skills, but why should they care? Cover letters are an opportunity for you to connect your experience with the needs of the company. Pick one or two of your most noteworthy achievements and discuss them in the context of how they would benefit the company. Show them you've not only got what it takes but also have the foresight to apply it effectively.

Step 4: Showcase your unique value

Every Product Manager can claim they're "results-driven" or "a team player." Instead, hone in on unique aspects of your background or approach that align with the company's needs. Clarify how your previous experience and skills will benefit the company. If you're new to product management, highlight skills that can be applied to a Product Manager role. Show how your capabilities align with the skill set needed for the job. In short, give them a reason to say, "We need this person on our team."

Step 5: Keep it crisp

Your cover letter isn't the place for a career memoir. Keep it concise and impactful. As a rule of thumb, aim for three to four short paragraphs, and be sure to stick to one page. And please, proofread—first impressions are all in the details.

Step 6: End strong

Close the letter with enthusiasm and a call to action. Express your excitement about the possibility of contributing to the team and suggest a follow-up action, like an interview or a further discussion.

Step 7: Sign and send

After one final review, sign it off professionally and attach it alongside your polished resumé. For bonus points, send it directly to the hiring manager's email if you can find it. It's a small detail that could yield big results.

Pro tip: Make sure you write a different cover letter for each company you apply to. Each should showcase your most valuable qualifications and detail your reasons for wanting to work for that specific organization. A recruiting manager won’t be nearly as interested if you send out generic cover letters.

What do you need to include in your PM cover letter?

Alright, you're ready to roll up your sleeves and craft that cover letter to land you into your next PM role. But hold up! Before you unleash your keyboard skills, let's get crystal clear on what you mustn’t leave out.

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Your cover letter should include your name, phone number, and email address. You can also link to your LinkedIn profile and website/portfolio.


Add the recipient's full name and position in the cover letter. For more details, see the job description. Find the hiring manager's name on the company website or LinkedIn if the job posting doesn't list a contact.


Your introduction isn’t just a formality, it’s your opening pitch. Make it clear from the get-go why you're not just looking for any job, but why you’re laser-focused on becoming a Product Manager at their organization. This isn't just about filling a role, it's about you adding immense value to their team. Nail this, and you're well on your way to making sure your cover letter is actually read.

Body of the letter

Here you should spell out why you’re not just another PM applicant. Have you spearheaded a hugely successful product that skyrocketed in the market? Perhaps you've innovated processes that saved time and money. Make it clear and make it count.

Use your cover letter as a stage to share your most compelling stories. The resumé may list your achievements, but your cover letter brings them to life. 

Make sure to paint a vivid picture of how you used those highly sought-after skills to achieve spectacular outcomes in your previous roles. Your goal is to make the Hiring Manager think, "Wow, we need this person on our team yesterday."

1. Add specific examples of your success

Saying you're good isn't enough; you have to show it. Use precise metrics to illustrate your achievements. Scour that job posting like an analyst diving into metrics. Are they looking for someone skilled in Agile methodologies? Great, you managed a Scrum team that accelerated product development by 20%. Are they asking for strong analytical skills? Perfect, mention how you used data analytics to drive a 30% increase in user engagement for your last project. 

Pro tip: It's not just about stating that you're a fit for the job. It's about providing the evidence that leaves them nodding their heads, eager to invite you to the next stage of the hiring process. 

2. Be aligned with the company's needs

Do your homework. Know what challenges the company is facing and align your experience and skills with their specific needs. This shows you’re already thinking like a part of their team.

3. Mention transferable skills

Especially important if you're newer to the PM scene. Maybe you haven’t launched a SaaS product, but you’ve led a team, managed budgets, or nailed customer satisfaction in another role. Show how those skills will make you a quick learner and a valuable addition to their PM team.

4. Reasons for applying

Employers aren't just hiring a skill set; they're hiring a person who'll bring energy, perspective, and yes, enthusiasm to their team. Your cover letter is your opportunity to let that enthusiasm shine.

So, what's got you buzzing about this role? Is it the cutting-edge projects that make you want to jump out of bed in the morning? Or perhaps it's the industry itself, pulsing with innovation and opportunity. Maybe you've heard legends of the company culture and you're already mentally decorating your desk.

Whatever it is, let them know. Companies want to feel desired too! Your enthusiasm can be the secret sauce that sets you apart from Mr. or Ms. "I’m-Just-Here-For-The-Paycheck."

Share what excites you about the role, but go beyond surface-level flattery. Get into the nitty-gritty of how the company's mission aligns with your own values or how the team's pioneering approach is exactly the environment where you thrive. Think of job-hunting like dating; the goal is to find that special connection, the mutual interests that make the relationship worthwhile for both parties.

Pro tip: Be on point and let them know why product management gets you out of bed in the morning, whether it's solving customer pain points or a love for agile workflows.


Keep your conclusion brief and to the point and don't leave them hanging. 

1. Call to action

Explicitly express what you want next—an interview, a meeting?  Make sure you clearly state the next steps. 

2. Professional sign-off

Keep it classy. A simple "Best regards" or "Sincerely" followed by your name seals the deal.

Bonus tip: Harness the power of AI tools to jump-start your cover letter

Ever heard of AI tools like ChatGPT? They can take your CV or LinkedIn profile, tailor it to the job description, and produce a first draft of your cover letter. Imagine having a virtual wingman who's there to get you through the hardest part—starting.

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Now, before you leave your job search to the machines, a word of caution: AI is brilliant but it's not perfect. Think of this first draft as a template or a building block. It gives you something to work with, a foundation that you can embellish with your personal anecdotes, and achievements, and that 'je ne sais quoi that makes you, well, you.

You'll still need to sprinkle in some of that authentic flavor that makes you the perfect Product Manager for the job. After all, AI can analyze data but it can't replicate your unique perspective, your problem-solving skills, or your ability to rally a team toward a product vision.

There you have it—a foolproof guide to crafting a Product Manager cover letter that stands out. So go on, turn that job application from just another in the pile to the one they can't wait to discuss in the following hiring meeting.

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Updated: May 6, 2024

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