If you see a job posting online and it sounds exquisitely suited to you, you probably feel compelled to submit not only your resume but a customized cover letter, as well. But job seekers often struggle with constructing an effective cover letter. It’s important to remember that the cover letter, like the resume, is a marketing tool. Use it to show how you can help the company in question. Obviously, different people’s cover letters will look quite different from one another. But here’s a sample of what such a letter might look like. Dear (insert name or "Hiring Manager" if name is unknown):
Your advertisement on Monster for a (insert job title) fits my experience and qualifications perfectly, and I am writing to express my interest in and enthusiasm for the position. As an accomplished sales leader, I have achieved seven-figure revenue growth, international market penetration and successful product launches for leading global corporations during my career.
In addition to my desire to join your team, you will find I am a dedicated and driven professional whose recent accomplishments include:
* An increase of international sales from 1 percent of the company’s total revenue to 75 percent, capturing more than half of the entire European market and one-third of the Latin American market within two years.
* Dramatic expansion of customer base, leading to seven-figure revenue growth rates that far exceed the pace of larger, more established competitors.
* Development of a 75-member dealer network across 30 countries in six continents.
* Attainment of 100 percent customer retention rate through expert relationship-building skills and a commitment to a solution-focused, service-first sales approach.
* Launch of a new London office, expected to double sales revenue by 2003.
* Introduction of three innovative product lines, following comprehensive market research and competitive-intelligence gathering.
Your software products are truly on the cutting edge of technology -- you offer products that can change the way a company conducts business on the Internet. I am excited by this technology and would be able to translate this excitement to a business benefit for your current and future clients. If you agree that my qualifications are a close fit to your needs, I would be delighted to meet with you personally to discuss strategies for expanding (name of company’s) market presence.
I will follow up with you in a few days to answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, you may reach me at (phone number) or via email at (email address). I look forward to our conversation.
二＼Cover Letter Template
City, state, and zip
Your addressee’s name
City, state and zip
Dear Mr. (or Ms.) last name,
Start your letter with a grabber—a statement that establishes a connection with your reader, a probing question, or a quotable quote. Briefly say what job you are applying for.
The mid-section of your letter should be one or two short paragraphs that make relevant points about your qualifications. You should not summarize your resume! You may incorporate a column or bullet point format here.
Your last paragraph should initiate action by explaining what you will do next (e.g., call the employer) or instigate the reader to contact you to set up an interview. Close by saying “thank you.”
Your handwritten signature
Your name (typed)
Sample Cover Letter 1
BRENDA J. WILSON
1703 Walnut Grove Avenue
Philadelphia, Penn. 19107
(215) 555-7983, ext. 2856
August 12, 2001
Metropolitan Children’s Hospital
P. O. Box 411067
Philadelphia, Penn. 19002
Attn: Robin Boyd, Human Resources
Re: Director for Patient Financial Services
Dear Mrs. Boyd:
I was very interested to see your advertisement for a Director of Patient Financial Services in the Philadelphia Inquirer (8-11-01). I have been seeking just such an opportunity as this, and I think my background and your requirements may be a good match. My resume is enclosed for your review.
Of particular note for you and the members of your team as you consider this management placement are my strong accomplishments in reducing outstandings and reorganizing accounting and collections functions to achieve improved operating efficiency internally and improved cashflow for the institution as a whole.
Consider the following:
Reduced A/R days from 110 to 60.4.
Reduced staff by 6.5 FTEs with concurrent increase in total departmental performance.
Reduced patient complaints with simultaneous increase in A/R collected.
Improved cashflow by $1.6 million per month.
Additionally, my contributions have been mainly achieved by improving information flow within the patient financial services function, improving patient financial services utilization of already available MIS services, and improving cooperation between patient services and admissions, UR, contracting, and medical records functions.
After fifteen years in patient accounting, I have a thorough understanding of every aspect of this function in a modern hospital/medical center setting. My current employer is very happy with my performance, but I view myself as somewhat of a troubleshooter, and most of the reorganizations initiated here have already come to fruition, so I am eager to consider new challenges.
If you are seeking a manager who stays abreast of her field, who understands technology, who earns 100% staff support, and who is as career-committed as it takes to achieve total success, then please consider what I have to offer. I would be happy to have a preliminary discussion with you or members of your committee to see if we can establish a mutual interest. I will call you within the week to answer any initial questions you may have, and to hear about your hiring process.
Thank you for your attention to these materials. I certainly look forward to exploring this further.
Brenda J. Wilson
范例Sample Cover Letter 2
444 Beach Street, #7
West Lakeland Park, AZ 12345
May 13, 2001
Mr. Frank Randall, Partner
Randall, Jerneys and Calpert Inc.
101 Stratford Drive
Tempe, AZ 12345
Dear Mr. Randall,
There’s a reason why:
Friends hand me the dinner bill to divvy up
My checkbook always balances at the end of each month
My three kids are never late for events
Community groups look to me to organize events
I’m a “detail person” — the kind of person you need as your administrative assistant.
For the last five years, I’ve handled all the scheduling, finances, and logistics for my family of five. It’s time for me to get back into the corporate work force and put my organizational talents to use there.
I’ll contact you in the next few days to see if you or one of your associates needs an assistant.
范例Sample Cover Letter 3
123 Tucker Road
Paterson, WI 12345
March 27, 2001
Mr. Robert Morris
123 Harbor Road
Paterson, WI 12345
Dear Mr. Morris,
John Lovell advised me of a foreman position that’s available at your company. From my enclosed resume, you will find that my experience meets the requirements you’ve outlined for the position.
As the former manager of a small business, I appreciate the importance of a following that comes from the recommendations of satisfied clients. I am considered a diplomatic manager, which enables me to get along well with clients, supervisors, and crew. My ability to maintain high morale among workers increases retention and contributes to safety, a crucial factor in the success of construction work.
On Monday, I’ll call you to see when we can meet for an interview.