So you regurgitated your resume and are ready to pass it off as a cover letter? Wait! You cannot do that. That is a blunder! Hiring managers do not want to read the same things twice. It is difficult enough reading one resume which holds so much information. Your cover letter needs to be completely different from your resume. It has to complement your resume and not repeat the information in it.
Where cover letter writing is concerned, less is actually more. When you write pages upon pages of content, incorrectly believing that you are doing yourself a favor, you end up decreasing the reader’s interest in what you have to say. And that won’t work too well for you, will it? You need to keep the hiring manager engaged in what you have to say. Keep your cover letter short but make it say more by using powerful language.
Three paragraphs are more than enough. Skip expositions that are lengthy and jump into writing juicy content. Always send your cover letter as a PDF document (if you are emailing it) to ensure that the information on it doesn’t get scrambled on the way. You really don’t want to go through such lengths to write the perfect cover letter, only for it to be unreadable when it reaches the intended recipient.
For format and language suggestions, refer to the cover letter sample given below:
69 6th Street
Grand Bay, AL 31010
October 29, 2015
Ms. Winona Adams
Responsive Education Solutions
376 Tates Road
Grand Bay, AL 35272
Dear Ms. Adams:
Since I have climbed up the ladder to establish myself as an individual who knows educational systems inside out, I believe that my professional profile as a school administrator will be of interest to you. Having first worked as a lead teacher for grades 1 to 5, I have learnt the ropes before setting my foot into administrative work. Now, I am a trained school administrator, who is fully aware of school staff requirements and limitations and the support that a school office requires in order for it to be able to function smoothly.
During the 4 years that I have worked in an administrative capacity, I have achieved two major things that I am extremely proud of:
• Streamlined the lesson imparting system by ensuring that all lead teachers are trained in handling their subjects appropriately and engaging students in an appealing manner
• Introduced project-based learning, which increased student participation by 88%
I have a lot more that I would like to tell you, both about my accomplishments and relevant qualifications to work at Responsive Education Services. I would welcome an interview opportunity – I will call you soon to set up a date and time. In the interim, I can be reached at (111) 111-1111.
Thank you for your time and consideration.