A Job Winning Cover Letter
New Rules and Proven Strategies for the 21st Century Job Market.
It is often said that a cover letter rarely gets read. I beg to differ. As the Director of Career Services for a career college for 8 years I collaborated with HR Executives across the globe to place interns and graduates. A cover letter can in fact be the deciding factor on which candidates to invite for an interview. Even if the job listing requests only a resume, I recommend that you submit a cover letter as well. A strategically well written cover letter may give you the extra edge and the competitive advantage that is certainly needed in today’s employment market.
Here are some tips and examples for each section:
1. Address and Salutation – Personalizing each letter you submit exhibits initiative and a strong desire to work for that company.
Contact Person’s First and Last Name
Contact Person’s title
Street Address (Include the company address. If it is not noted in the job listing, find it online.)
City, State, Zip
Re: Position Title
Job or Requisition #: 123456 (Include if noted in the job posting)
Dear Mr. Smith,
(Personalize the cover letter with the name of the hiring manager. If a name is not provided, try to find one on the company website. Many note their HR staff’s names and bios. It is important to include a name when possible. The alternative may be: To Whom It May Concern, or Dear Hiring Manager)
2. Introduction – Show ‘em What ya got
As a sales and marketing professional with over 10 years of experience in time share marketing operations and business development, I have designed initiatives building and executing successful partnership strategies. My proven background with optimal lead generation and customer retention while consistently improving profitability and customer service results are an excellent match for your Director of Marketing Operations position.
(This paragraph should speak to your specific qualifications as they relate to the position. To grab the reader’s attention, note your years of experience (when applicable), education (when applicable) and core competencies that offer value.)
3. Body – Back up Your Game
Some of my career accomplishments include:
- Personally generated over $5M in total sales over a 1.5 year period.
- Set a new company record by as much as 100% for new account development and sales volume in a pay cycle.
- Tripled repeat business over a period of 6 months, adding $600K in incremental new business while overall sales jumped 20% across 4 different locations.
(This section should showcase work performed and quantifiable results. List achievements in bullet format that relate to the objectives of the job description for the position.)
4. Closing – Make the Touch Down
I will follow up with you next Wednesday to arrange an in person interview to discuss in further detail how my sales, leadership and drive can contribute to XYZ company’s operations on a global level. If you would like to reach me in the meantime, you may contact me at 702-555-1212 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Note a brief summary of why you are the best candidate for the position. End with a call to action. And by the way, be sure to use a professional email address for goodness sake. =))
Summary of cover letter game changers:
- Craft a cover letter customized to each position you target. One size fits all will no longer cut it.
- Stand out from the competition by noting career accomplishments that relate to the positions you target. Be strategic with your wording using lingo from your target industry mixed with action verbs.
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Now go WIN THE JOB!