Over the last few years, the standard cover letter has evolved into something that was unfathomable to write only some time ago. Now, cover letters need to be go-getters that get out there and tell your story without being shy, as opposed to the subtle hints that they once presented. Cover letters that insist on holding on to tradition are not considered by hiring managers who want to be presented with detailed information of what a candidate can do, without making too much effort.
Gone are the days when you could begin your cover letter with the standard “I would like to apply for a job at your company”. While cover letters are still written to outline an individual’s interest in a job, the writing process is now more intense. In these times of tough competition, only the best get the chance to move forward. And only the best of the best are given actual jobs. If you would like to see what type of cover letters do get real jobs, have a look at the following sample:
April 8, 2017
Mr. Steven Berg
Human Resource Manager
12 Court Road
Petersburg, WV 11212
Dear Mr. Berg:
Working as a deputy clerk was certainly not an accident – I have worked hard and diligently for many years to train as one, as I have long seen myself rocking the role. With over 10 years of experience of working in a judicial / law setting, I am now well-prepared to work for the court at various levels, by providing insightful clerical and administrative support in different areas.
Possessing demonstrated expertise in managing jury information, explaining court procedures and coordinating court proceedings with lawyers and judges, my efforts have always been welcomed by all parties involved. Perhaps it is my inherent ability to easily and professionally handle the many aspects of court work that makes me a popular choice for assignment to complicated cases, which require high-end administrative support. In addition to providing standard clerical, secretarial and administrative support, I have been highly involved in providing core assistance during court room proceedings by recording minutes, calling witnesses, marking evidence exhibits and swearing in jurors.
If your aim is to hire an individual who is well-versed in all aspects of administrative, clerical and logistical court work, you do not need to look further than my resume. To build up on the information that I have provided in this letter (and the accompanying resume) I will contact you soon to arrange an interview. Until then, you may reach me at (000) 555-5555.
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