Some people are quite comfortable writing resumes and others are not, but most people are uncomfortable writing cover letters. They think okay, I’ve put everything in the resume, why should I write a cover letter as well? Surely I don’t need to!
Well, that’s not true. You really must write a cover letter for a number of reasons:
The first, and perhaps most important is that a prospective organization gets dozens, sometime hundreds of resumes. The hiring manager has to go through all of them and shortlist just a few resumes of the people he or she wants to interview. Now, a resume is a long, detailed document. Imagine the hiring manager’s task. Is it any wonder that most of the resumes end up in the trash? A cover letter, on the other hand, is a shorter document, and if your cover letter is interesting enough, the hiring manager will definitely read your resume.
The second reason is that while a resume tells the hiring manager about the past, a cover letter tells him about the future. That is to say, a resume will say what experience a candidate has, but a cover letter will say what he can do in the future.
So you have to write your cover letter in a way that will tell the hiring manager what you can do for his organization.
256 Watson Street
Huntsville, AL 41211
August 7, 2016
Ms. Tess Greaves
Human Resource Manager
781 Oakwood Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35811
Dear Ms. Greaves:
As a driven and energetic Accounts Receivable Specialist with 11+ years’ hands-on experience in billing and collections, I would like to be considered for similar position at Mackenzie Bank.
I am a great contender for this position owing to the following qualifications:
• Documented success in the processing of insurance claims, including reduction of claim denial turnaround
• Talented in researching to resolve payment variances in collaboration with client and firm managers
• Adept at determining inconsistencies in payment applications by performing account reconciliations
• Verified track record of handling all facility billing through preparation, submitting, and appealing
I would like to meet with you to discuss what I can do for Mackenzie Bank. I will call your office at the end of the week to set up an interview date and time. Meanwhile, if you wish to contact me, my number is (000) 125-7454.
Thank you very much for your consideration.