Sample Cover Letters
Cover Letter Written In Response to a Classified Ad
This particular cover letter format is recommended because (1) it makes it very easy for the recipient to realize you are qualified for the position; (2) it doesn't contain fluff language; (3) its easy and quick to write; (4) it shows the reader that you took the time to write a specific letter to him rather than sending the same canned letter you sent out to 100 other employers; and (5) it has been proven to win those who use this format more job interviews. The downside of this letter is that it makes it very difficult for you to apply for jobs you're not qualified for. You'll understand why this is when you read the sample letter below.
Job Advertisement: "Office Manager: Immediate need for an office manager with 5 or more years experience. Will supervise small staff, manage human resource functions, insure compliance with legal and regulatory agencies, provide administrative support to operations manager, complete expense reports, supervise AP/AR clerical staff, provide monthly status reports to finance and operations management. Proficient in Access, QuickBooks, MS Excel, PowerPoint, and MS Word."
Sample cover letter in response to above classified ad:
"I am very interested in the office manager position advertised in last Sunday's Name of Paper as believe that my background and qualifications are just what you're looking for. Highlights of my experience are as follows --
Human resource management. For the past eight years I have managed a 10-member staff as head of the HR department for Acme Industries, including supervising the clerical staff in charge of AP / AR.
Regulatory and report compliance. I have expert knowledge of all laws and regulatory agencies affecting human resource management with a proven record of compliance. In my present position, I am responsible for completing all reports, including expense reports, financial-related reports, and monthly reports to management.
Computer skills. I am proficient in the use of Access, QuickBooks, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. I use all of these applications on a daily or weekly basis.
I have enclosed a copy of my résumé, which gives you more specific information as to my background and accomplishments. I look forward to meeting with you in person to discuss my qualifications. I will give you a call in a few weeks to see if there is any other question I can possibly answer."