Cover letter for RA position (5 samples)

This article will list samples of “cover letters for a RA job.”

Examples of cover letters for an RA(Resident Assistant) position

When applying for a RA position, your cover letter is an opportunity for you to tell your story, without being stuck in the formatting constraints of the resume. The best format for writing a cover letter is as follows:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the recipient’s name, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Make a brief statement about why you’re interested in the position. Write a paragraph about why you are the perfect candidate for the job.
  • State your skills and work experience. Ensure your skills and experiences are similar to the job position. When highlighting 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: “Cover letter for an RA job”

“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 work. 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 2: “Cover letter for an RA job”

“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 3: “Cover letter for an RA job”

“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 4: “Cover letter for an RA job”

“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”

Sample 5: “Cover letter for an RA job”

“Dear Ms. Foxton,

Studying for a Ph.D. means that I have met a few resident assistants in my time. The best of them empathized with their fellow hall members – defusing conflicts, offering all manner of assistance, and promoting unity. I would now like to play that role.

Enforcing regulations is also part of the job, but in my experience, the best resident assistants did not let their hall cultures disintegrate that far. If students enjoy their university experience within reasonable boundaries, there is no need for a strict rule of law.

I have lived on the Letchworth campus for the past five years. My knowledge of the local area and social scene will help me to pinpoint where potential flashpoints may occur. An outsider cannot do this job effectively – I understand where students are likely to get into trouble. 

I worked as a temporary resident assistant last year for six months to cover for Jill Parsley during her absence. During this time, student complaints dropped by 17%, and minor rule infractions fell by a surprising 30%. I did my best to be available for my fellow students and tried to resolve interpersonal conflicts whenever possible.

As I pursue my doctorate in behavioral science, the practicalities of the resident assistant role cannot fail to fascinate me. I am a practiced communicator who always gives every situation my utmost attention.

I would love to share what I learned during my temporary role if I have the opportunity of meeting for an interview. This is a job that I would relish, and I am passionate about ensuring that all of my fellow students have the “best” hall experience. This means different things to different people. It is this diversity that I look forward to embracing and encouraging.


Hannah Beckwith”

Frequently Asked Questions: Examples of cover letters for an RA(Resident Assistant) position

How do I get my cover letter noticed?

Writing a Cover Letter That Will Stand Out

  • Use fewer words to say more. 
  • Tailor your cover letter to a specific job. 
  • Be proud of your past accomplishments. 
  • Address the hiring manager personally. 
  • Use keywords from the job description.

Are cover letters necessary for an RA position?

Yes. A well-crafted cover letter can help to bridge the gap between your lack of practice experience and other applicants who have plenty.

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