A cover letter is basically just a simple document that outlines all that an employer would wish to know about you. This information will include skills, competencies and past achievements, as they relate to the job that you are applying for. By no means is a cover letter a repetition of your resume; in fact, it is used to complement a resume rather than repeat the information that you have already provided in a resume!
Now that we have this fact cleared, let’s move on to other important facts about a cover letter. Every cover letter that you write needs to be written on a general letter writing rule – introduction, main body and conclusion. The introduction is where you grab the reader’s attention by sparking his interest and making sure that he does not put the letter down before he reads till the end. The main body will be the soul of your letter. Information of all your work-related strengths and competencies will be written here. This is the part that will actually convince the reader that you are the right person for the job. Ending your cover letter in a conventional way is not recommended anymore. Instead of implying that you will wait for the hiring manager to call you, tell the reader that you will be calling him – and leave a telephone number where you can be reached.
You may follow the format of the following cover letter sample if you wish:
NW 632 Pine St
Hillside, NJ 61424
August 13, 2016
Mrs. Courtney Victor
Delta Public Schools
706 Tanner Avenue
Hillside, NJ 66965
Dear Mrs. Victor:
Would you be interested in offering a position as a school bus monitor to someone who has had over 5 years of experience working in a similar capacity, and is aware of all minor and major details of the job? If your answer is yes, then I am the person who best fits this description. Not only am I dependable and efficient, I can handle even the most adverse of situations in a calm and tactful manner!
And to prove that my mettle as a school bus monitor will benefit you specifically, I would like to bring your attention to some of my accomplishments in the past:
• Successfully averted what could have become a terrible tragedy by alerting the driver of a bridge collapse site that the bus had less than a mile to reach.
• Singlehandedly developed and implemented onboard rules and regulations to ensure student safety and wellbeing.
• Saved a special needs students from self-harm by recognizing early signs of distress and coaxing him into giving up a sharp object that he had concealed.
The fact that I am a vigilant and organized individual, along with possessing deep insight into performing pre and post-trip inspection duties, and ensuring constant student security and wellbeing, make me an excellent consideration for this job. I will be in touch with you for a face to face meeting soon. If you need to reach me, I can be contacted at (000) 251-9632.