Resumes are harshly judged by their covers – that is, the cover letter. All the more reason for you to pay extra attention to writing one. Speaking the right language when writing a cover letter is integral to its success. And once you know your audience, aka employer, you can actually take more chances in approach and language.
Firstly, state the reason why you are writing a cover letter. The answer may seem obvious but state it anyway. Mention of title and the company that you are applying to will make for a customized cover letter – and employers love customization. Explaining why you are a top candidate comes next. Give a clear outline of why you think you are an excellent candidate for the job, and keep building up on this with information of your skills and accomplishments. No information is too much information, unless you are going off the track. Use job offer magnets – words that paint you as a beautiful picture that the employer just cannot help but acquire.
Going beyond your word processor’s spellcheck will help you eliminate mistakes. Read and reread your cover letter several times before you deem it employer-ready. Here is a sample to help you:
524 Wellington Drive
Downingtown, PA 12588
brad @ email . com
December 21, 2016
Mr. Abraham Link
965 Romansville Avenue
Downingtown, PA 38473
Dear Mr. Link:
Analytic abilities when coupled with deep financial comprehension is a lethal combination which can be used to provide stability to an organization’s functional areas. As a top-performing senior financial analyst with over 12 years of experience in reviewing important statistics to make recommendations for the future, I am sure that I will be a great fit in your organization.
Here is why I strongly believe that I am a great contender for this position:
• First hand experience in developing financial forecasts as assist shareholders in making informed decisions.
• Unmatched ability to analyze spreadsheets to predict both current and future financial performances of the company.
• Qualified to research economic climates to determine what effect they will have on the company’s performance.
Since it is not possible to give you a bit by bit account of my skills and qualifications as a senior financial analyst due to space limitations, I suggest we meet in person. Next week, I will call you to set a meeting time so that I can provide you with a wider view of my abilities. Until then, please feel free to contact me at (000) 857-9656 if required.
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