A hundred people will give you thousands of pieces of advice on how to write a cover letter. The actual task of writing a cover letter is overwhelming and most of us do not like to be bombarded with “excellent advice” from “someone who has been there, done that”. To us, it may be useless due to our individuality and the difference in situation from other people.
Taking advice is all very well if you can apply it perfectly to your situation. Not so much if your situation is completely different from that of the person who has been kind enough to advise you – which is usually the case. Do not ask for advice. Do some research of your own to see what suits your own situation the best!
There are some rules that you need to follow when writing a cover letter but these rules will only be effective if you are original in what you write. Copying someone else’s cover letter because it “sounds nice” is a grave mistake. Don’t do it! Instead, write a letter that reeks of individuality. For your convenience, here is a sample cover letter for a support worker who has not had any experience working before:
320 T. 7th Street
Parkville, MD 20096
September 2, 2015
260 Pan Ridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
Dear Mr. Black:
A recent volunteer assignment at Stone Brook Facilities piqued my interest in working as a support worker. Having come across your advertisement for an open position in this capacity at Home Association, I could not help but look through your website to determine the facility’s standing in the community. And I was impressed!
Nothing would give me more pleasure than to obtain my first real work assignment from Home Association – I see a great parity between your vision and my ideals and I believe that we can take this liaison further.
At Stone Brook Facilities, I was fortunate to polish my skills and can now boast of having acquired the following:
• Track record of providing direct care and shift coverage for residential programs, serving residents with both physical and mental illnesses
• Proficient in attending to the personal needs of residents in a manner that maximizes their dignity and quality of life
• Special talent for managing crises interventions and assisting in rehabilitating residents
I look forward to meeting with you on a more personal level and discussing my aspirations and several other skills that I have to offer to Home Association. I will be in touch with your office next Monday to see if a mutually convenient time can be arranged for a meeting. If you need to reach me in the interim, please call me at (444) 444-4444.
Thank you for your time and consideration.