Half of the candidate pool that applies for a certain position, makes obvious and career-killing mistakes in their cover letters. The cover letter is not something that you can write in 15 minutes, in hopes of simply writing something to fill space. A cover letter holds great meaning for the person reading it, and it should be as meaningful for the writer as well.
When you put pen to paper (or in this case, fingers to keyboard), make sure that the end result of what you are doing is one that is designed to have a positive impact on the prospective employer. Do not write just for the sake of writing. Meaningful cover letters create positive impacts on hiring managers, resulting in immediate interview calls, and sometimes, a direct job offer as well. Ensuring that your cover letter is not a mere reiteration of the resume that you are sending it with is very important. Make your cover letter substantial by placing information such as in the one provided below:
April 25, 2017
Mr. Ian Brown
Human Resource Manager
Supreme Maintenance Organization
22 Road 299
Colverdale, OH 45812
Dear Mr. Brown:
Over 10 of years of experience in the management of custodial staff in a dedicated area, along with deep comprehension of practices and materials of the service, and supervisory techniques and personnel policies, makes me an excellent choice to hire as a Janitorial Supervisor at Supreme Maintenance Organization. Selecting and assigning staff with duties that are pertinent to their abilities, and coordinating their activities by scheduling work assignments and setting priorities, are two of my main strengths in this arena.
With demonstrated expertise in identifying staff development and training needs, and ensuring that appropriate labor relations and conditions of employment are maintained, I have been a great success in a supervisory role. Owing to the extensive exposure that I possess in this capacity, I am an encyclopedia of standard methods, equipment and supplies used in large-scale janitorial activities of the service. In addition to this, I am well-aware of the occupational hazards that this work poses to the custodial staff, and have the capacity to implement and ensure constant vigilance where security of people and physical assets is concerned.
In a supervisory role, you will find me efficient, well-organized and exceptionally meticulous in coordinating the efforts of janitorial staff members. To further elaborate on this, I will call you soon so that a mutually acceptable time can be arranged for us to meet. In the interim, I can be contacted at (999) 999-9999.