When a hiring manager reads your cover letter, chances are that he or she will discover more about you than you want him to. If this goes positively, you are in luck. If not, you may be in hot water. It is true that cover letters need to provide details of what you are capable of as a professional individual. However, if a cover letter is not written properly, it can also highlight the fact that your communication skills lack structure, or that you are not exactly as suitable as you want the hiring manager to believe that you are.
How does one get out of this sticky situation? There is only one way. When you write a cover letter, do not just send it immediately. Give it a good running through at least 4 times before you deem it good to go. If possible, get a friend to read it for second opinion. If the cover letter sounds too pompous (or not enough), you can correct it immediately. If you feel that your cover letter is a good read even after you have scrutinized it 4 times, let it go into the mail.
Based on the following cover letter sample, you too can write one that is sure to impress the hiring manager:
December 31, 2016
Mr. Brandon Ford
8 Teal Road
Canaan, NH 63971
Dear Mr. Ford:
It was both a surprise and good luck on my part to discover that Under Armor is presently in search of a freight associate at its main warehouse. Your advertisement says that you are looking for someone who is meticulous, competent and hardworking, with a background in freight mobilization. I am excited about that fact that I fill this criteria – and have much more to offer to you.
If provided with a chance to work as a freight associate at Under Armor, you can be sure that you are hiring an individual with multiple talents including:
• Deep familiarity with loading and unloading merchandise on delivery trucks by paying special attention to the safety of each item.
• Well-versed in replenishing merchandise in a timely manner, and monitoring stock levels to ensure that the store is appropriately stocked at all times.
• Competent in registering transactions in an accurate manner and assisting with maintaining displays on a regular basis.
If provided with a chance, I would like to meet with you and provide you with an all-inclusive list of my abilities. I can be contacted at (555) 555-5555 if you need to reach me for additional information.