Whether you are writing a cover letter for a position which is high or low on the organizational hierarchy, it is important for your cover letter to be exactly what the hiring manager expects to read – or as close as possible. There is very little chance for your cover letter to be considered a not so good one if you write it by staying as close to the requirements of the hiring manager as possible.
A cover letter is not a repetition of your resume. In fact, it is a document that should be designed to complement the resume. One of the biggest cover letter mistakes that people make is repeating the information in their resume. A hiring manager does not want to read the same thing twice. Too much information is not a great thing. Neither is very little information. One has to keep a balance where cover letter writing is concerned. Provide just enough information for a hiring manager to be able to process according to what he requires. And then leave the rest to fate.
The good thing about cover letters is that they often mask any unbecoming information that you might have placed in a resume. But they have to be well-written like the one below:
January 10, 2017
Mr. Simon Millard
The Rare Place
590 Trevor Avenue
Warsaw, KY 44495
Dear Mr. Millard:
Antique dealers who truly know the business inside out are as rare as the antiques they deal in. And I am proud of the fact that I fit into this category. With over 15 years of experience working as an antique dealer both independently and with one of the largest and most reputed antique houses in Kentucky, I am sure that my professional profile (highlighted more profoundly in the enclosed resume) will be of great interest to you.
At the Kentucky Antiques Auction last year, I managed to acquire some extremely rare and expensive pieces that went like hotcakes while on display. My ability to research antique items, evaluate their genuineness and price them appropriately will be of great use to you. In addition to this, I am great at performing appraisals on rare coins and stamps, which I believe is one of the areas that The Rare Place works in.
I will be in the vicinity of your office on Monday, and will contact you to see if you have an available time slot to meet with me. If required, you can contact me at (000) 777-7777.