People who have had extensive experience in a particular field often justify it in cover letters by providing a number – such as 25+ years of experience.
On the face of it, this may seem like a great thing to do, but at times, it can backfire.
If you have had that much experience, the chances are that you are a “mature” worker, a fact that employers may not take very kindly to when reading a cover letter.
The same fact, however, will provide credence to you when you are being interviewed , as the employer would have gotten a chance to get to know you a little bit.
So instead of writing the number of years of your experience, use words such as significant and extensive to justify the extent of your knowledge.
This will quantify your experience just as well. As “senior citizens,” we are undoubtedly proud of our accomplishments and tend to dwell on them when writing a cover letter.
The fact is that a new employer may not be too keen on what you did years ago. Things have changed since then, and he might now be more interested in what you had done months ago or what you can do now. So it is best just to let the “boasting” go!
See also: Senior Citizen Resume
Want to know how to write a cover letter when applying in this situation? Read on!
Senior Citizen Cover Letter Sample
42 Edmonton Street
Providence, RI 15236
November 9, 2019
Ms. Judith Brandon
Manager of Human Resources
Sears Hometown Outlet Stores
8293 Abbot Street
Providence, RI 10283
Dear Ms. Brandon:
Your advertisement for the position of a Retail Sales Associate at Sears Hometown Outlet Stores piqued my interest. Possessing substantial experience in customer service, sales, and retail arena, I am well-equipped to handle the challenges that are imminent in an organization that is working at the pace that your company is.
As I see it, the mechanics of sales have changed over the years. What has changed is the pace at which goals need to be reached now. Since I am aware of this change, I believe that I can very easily come to terms with it. Being at “this” end of the retail world (as a customer) for many years, as well as being at “that” end, I am familiar with demands vs. services, and I assure you that I can handle the balance well.
The rest of what I can do should be discussed in person. I will call you after a few days to set up a meeting time. If you need to contact me in the meantime, please call me at (000) 222-2222.
Thank you for your time and consideration.