It is almost natural for us to write a cover letter and fill it up with confidence inspiring words. Unfortunately, these only hurt our chances of a job opportunity. Even if you have a significant amount of experience, when you populate your cover letter with words such as results-oriented and driven, you actually end up polluting your cover letter.
Any guesses why? Chances are that your resume too has the same type of words depicting how good you are. And you certainly do not want to repeat the same information in a document that is designed to complement your resume and not reiterate the information in it. Without context, these words mean nothing to the employer. Besides, you do not have a lot of space in a cover letter so providing context for everything that you write is out of the question.
So instead of telling the hiring manager that you are passionate about something, show them how you are passionate about it. Providing examples of your accomplishments works well here. Quantify your cover letter to make it come alive. Vague, unclear and boring cover letters are no help – to you or the hiring manager.
To see what we mean, have a look at the following cover letter sample for a daycare teacher assistant resume:
58 Mall Ave
Duluth, MN 11220
November 4, 2015
Ms. Wendy Simmons
Charlie Brown Daycare
129 London Road
Duluth, MN 10292
Dear Ms. Simmons:
Following the introduction of the Fun in Education module at Charlie Brown Daycare, I am sure you must have received a lot of interest from people who want their children to be part of this program. This influx of students will of course need teaching professionals (such as myself) to assist with the implementation of this module. As a daycare teacher assistant with experience in handling a similar module at iLearn Center, I present myself as a viable candidate.
Not intending to bore you with lists of my qualifications, I will let you go through the accompanying resume to decide how skilled I am. For now, let me focus on what I have achieved in my role as a daycare teacher assistant. As the pioneer in implementing activities-based teaching methodologies, at iLearn Center, I was responsible for a large increase in parents interested in placing their children in the institute. This, coupled with the fact that I amalgamated a special needs program into a regular curriculum, made me a contender for the National Teacher’s Award, presented by the Ministry of Education.
In a teacher assistant role, I can contribute much more than an average aide can, as you might have guessed by now. I will be in touch regarding a possible interview time. If you need to reach me, please contact me at (444) 444-4444.
Thank you for your time and consideration.