Sending along a bodyguard – when your resume is vigorously making the rounds of prospective employers – is actually doing yourself a favor. Bodyguard aka cover letter! Cover letters are not just important because they “talk” to a hiring manager. They are important because they tell a story – your story. Snatching an employer’s racing eye through a cover letter is hardly the easiest thing on the planet. However, it is exceptionally important to do this if you want that advertised job to be yours.
Putting pen to pixels may not be a very comfortable thought at this time. But since you do not have a choice, writing a cover letter is what you have to do. Strong personalization and high energy are two main ingredients of a cover letter. Making a good first impression is imperative if you want the employer to focus on your abilities and skills. Instead of selling your features, sell your benefits. Here is how:
548 Mathew Ave
Bedford, VA 41544
March 16, 2017
Mr. Henry Tomlinson
Human Resource Manager
Prime Source Technologies
20 Big Island Road
Bedford, VA 66252
Dear Mr. Tomlinson:
One of the biggest qualities that I have, which make me an excellent person to work as a quality assurance tester at Prime Source Technologies is my ability to stay focused, until I see results. This is the quality that has brought me this far as a QA tester – I am the “go to” person when my office staff is looking for precision and accuracy in results.
Over the last few years, I have been diligently reviewing requirements, specifications and technical designs to provide timely and meaningful feedback regarding quality standards compliance. Creating detailed and comprehensive test plans and test cases, and effectively executing them is my niche. Moreover, I have demonstrated expertise in estimating, prioritizing and coordinating testing activities so that all compliance and timeliness standards are met and adhered to.
Last month, I was successfully able to identify and document a system bug which had been undiscovered by the best QA engineers for the past 4 months, and had a tremendous negative effect on the system. Developing and applying testing processes for new and existing products to meet the clients’ needs is something I am greatly efficient in. Also, I have been credited as the “Best QA Tester of Hailey Inc.” 5 times in a row!
Now, I would like your organization to benefit from my meticulous work as a QA tester. I will call you soon to see if you have an available time slot when we can sit together and discuss my suitability for this position at Prime Source Technologies.