Cover letter for a resident assistant(5 samples)

This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for a resident assistant.”

Examples of resident assistant cover letters

To get a resident assistant position, you need a well-written cover letter that showcases your passion for and dedication to the industry. When writing a resident assistant cover letter, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you’re interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience; ensure they are similar to the job position. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Resident assistant cover letter”

“Sofia Flores

(123) 456-7891

May 1, 2018

Dear Director of Housing,

I am applying for a Resident Assistant position at Coral Springs University. As a rising junior, I am excited to take on an on-campus position. I am not only honest, caring, helpful and friendly, but I can manage conflict as well. I like planning fun activities and get satisfaction out of assisting others. Using these skills, I am ecstatic about the prospect of helping other students by becoming a Resident Assistant at my home away from home.

I recently was a team lead at Retail Ocean. I maintained a positive attitude and helped boost store sales by 5% in addition to serving as a contact person between the associates and managers. During my shifts, I assisted with staff training, solved conflicts, and answered any questions associates had. I used my interpersonal and organizational skills to keep both customers and employees satisfied while building my skills as a trustworthy colleague and dependable leader.

I have experience with both being a leader and being led. Due to this, I can empathize with a variety of different people and work well with others. At Retail Ocean, I effectively trained and mentored 60% more associates in a month than any other Team Lead in the store’s history. I have seen the value of living in the dorms, and I want to help others have a positive experience living in campus housing.

My resume is attached. I look forward to hearing from you about the Resident Assistant position at Coral Springs University. Experiences that allow me to become a better leader are important as I transition into the professional world. I hope to hear from you soon.


Sofia Flores”

Sample 2: “Resident assistant cover letter”

“Dear Dean Farnsworth,

I have been an active and involved student during my first two years at this university, participating in the community in any way I can. That is why I was pleased to see the school posted a job opening for a resident assistant. I believe that I am the ideal candidate for this position, both because of my skills and because of my involvement in university life.

During my first year in the residence halls, I served on our community council and learned how the discretionary budgets and programming for each individual hall works. After that, I spent a year in the Residence Hall Association as an elected representative, where I traveled to business meetings with other schools and learned what it takes to build a strong learning and living community.

I also have strong communication and leadership skills that were further developed by the workshops at these events. On top of that, my degree focus is in public administration, and a position like this one is an ideal place to begin my career.

As an active member of the university community whose roles have always involved close contact with residence hall staff, I am sure that I would be a great fit for this position. I would love to have the chance to continue discussing why in an interview.”

Sample 3: “Resident assistant cover letter”

“Ivy Haddington

(123) 456-7891

May 1, 2018

Dear Hiring Manager,

It is with great pleasure that I’m applying for the Residential Assistant position at Cloud Clearwater Residence Hall. I have been involved with the Residence Life Community for the past two years. In that time, I have served on a student advisory board that helped create and implement community rules, and we brainstormed potential design features for the newly-constructed Crane & Jenkins Residence Community. This year, I am serving in a leadership role on my residence hall’s executive board. In the time that I have served, my executive board and I have partnered with three different organizations in town to provide food for the homeless and volunteer opportunities for residents.

I work well independently and as part of a team. I am also a strong leader who is able to clearly and effectively communicate timelines, budgets and the goals of community events. I have been praised for my ability to communicate with individuals and identify their needs. I have served as an adviser for some of the smaller committees under the executive board, and I am able to empathize with and address their concerns.

As a Residential Assistant, I look forward to further developing my abilities to make connections with residents while creating engaging community activities. As a means of developing environments that encouraged community at my most recent position, I organized highly successful and well-attended weekly activities, such as game nights, craft nights and movie nights.

I look forward to the opportunity to bring my creativity, empathy and leadership skills to the Cloud Clearwater Residence Hall. I also want to thank you for your time and consideration.


Ivy Haddington”

Sample 4: “Resident assistant cover letter”

“Dear Ms. Bonnell:

It is with great enthusiasm that I am sending this letter and the enclosed resume in application for the Resident Assistant position available. As a reliable and personable individual with experience in various student support roles, excellent communication talents, and a commitment to helping residents overcome various challenges and difficulties, I would be a valuable asset to you in this role.

My background includes working collaboratively with fellow RAs to plan, implement, and monitor creative programs to foster ongoing student development and maximize positive resident interactions. With strong inner motivation, an outgoing and friendly demeanor, and superior organization talents, I am prepared to excel in this position.

Highlights of my qualifications include…

Serving as an RA for two consecutive years at Bend River College prior to transfer to Davis King, providing overarching emotional, social, and academic support to 95 freshmen and sophomore residents.

Creating and updating bulletin boards and electronic newsletters to inform students of upcoming campus activities and events.

Providing key support in various offices through work-study positions with Bend River College—including the Registrar’s Office, Student Grades, and Academic Advisement—interacting with diverse domestic and international students and staff.

Ensuring resident hall adherence to college-wide policies, procedures, and protocols.

With my strong background in resident/student support, as well as my demonstrated commitment to consistently enforcing school policies, I am well prepared to extend my record of service to Davis King College. I welcome the opportunity to discuss this position and my qualifications with you further. Thank you for your consideration.


Shelly J. Woodruff”

Sample 5: “Resident assistant cover letter”

“Breanna Wallace

City, State, Zip Code

Cell: 000-000-0000

Dear Ms. Steverson,

I am interested in being selected as the 2014/2015 Sloan Hall Resident Assistant. I worked as a resident assistant last year and believe I understand how to model appropriate behavioral choices while ensuring the safety of the other student residents. I anticipate graduation in May 2015 with my Bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue a career as a residence director post-graduation.

I try to make new freshmen women feel welcome and included while they learn to navigate life as a university student. I try to organize fun activities for dorm residents and hold regular resident meetings. I go over the rules and procedures of the residence halls and regularly practice fire and other drills to make certain students understand how to safely evacuate in the event of an emergency.

My experiences at the university have helped me gain the skills needed to be a great and supportive resident assistant. I enforce the dorm rules to maintain a nice environment. I keep an open door and have a good listening ear.

I would love the opportunity to return as a Resident Assistant again this year. I’d like to interview soon. I’ll stop by your office to try to choose a time.


Breanna Wallace”

Frequently Asked Questions: Examples of resident assistant cover letters

What do you say when applying for an assistant position?

  • I enjoy developing and managing processes.
  • I take responsibility for my actions.
  • I am decisive.
  • I feel comfortable enforcing rules.
  • I can mediate disagreements.

How do I sell myself for any position?

How to Sell Yourself in a Job Interview

  • Look at the part. 
  • Tailor your elevator pitch. 
  • Prepare meaningful anecdotes. 
  • Quantify your achievements. 
  • Say the right things.

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