The purpose of a cover letter is to:
- Make a formal introduction of yourself
- Capture the interest of the reader
- Entice the reader to read your resume
- Allow you to state your case
- Highlight the attributes of interest to the employer
- Inspire action on the part of the reader (phone call to you)
Your cover letter should be written in a tone that is interesting, passionate, and demonstrative of your abilities. Keep in mind that recruiters look at hundreds of cover letters, and your ability to present yourself as someone with excitement and enthusiasm will catch their eye.
Cover Letter Structure
A good cover letter always has the following ingredients:
|Heading||Your name, address, phone number, email address, etc.|
|Date||Month / Date / Year|
|Company Details||Recipient’s name, title, company, and address|
Introduction & Purpose
|Powerful sentence that grabs their interest and states why you are sending your resume to them. The paragraph should be attention-getting, strong, and define how you are different from all of the other applicants for the position.|
Summary of your career brand
|Relay key accomplishments from your resume. Be specific and use examples that are relevant to the company and the job. Summarization of professional qualifications, important accomplishments, and how they would benefit the employer.|
|Convey why the company should consider you. Demonstrate your knowledge about the company, and expand on why you should be considered.|
Request for action.
|Ask for a phone call, meeting, or interview. Be confident, and indicate when you will be following up with the employer.|
|Closing||Thank them for their consideration.|
Cover Letter Example
June 5, 2006
1000 6th Street
Austin, TX 78741
Dear Mrs. Billings,
Perhaps I am the talented Program Manager you are seeking in your advertisement on Monster.com. A versatile project manager with 7 years of experience leading projects at your fiercest competitor, I seek the opportunity to apply what I have learned to TTM Networks. My ability to deliver projects on time and under budget certainly fits your company’s reputation for high standards of excellence and efficiency.
In my current position, I manage 10+ projects at a time and supervise two individual contributors. I have had a 99% on schedule product release for projects I have led for the past 3 years. Already being extremely familiar with your products, I require very little ramp-up time and would begin making significant contributions quickly.
With my contagious passion for doing excellent work, I have a well documented ability to motivate my employees and core team members to deliver on-time execution without compromising quality. My forward-thinking focus has enabled me to foresee roadblocks before they cause a product delay. My repeated success in navigating the intricacies of internal bureaucracy, delivers solutions that are a win for both the company and the customer.
TTM’s success has drawn my attention since its 2001 inception. After research and many conversations, I know that I want to be a part of your culture’s evident productivity, creativity and innovation.
Thank you for considering my candidacy for the program manager position. Please know that I will follow up with you on Tuesday morning to further discuss this opportunity. I look forward to talking with you.