Present Yourself as the Solution to the Employer's Needs

Exercise 2: Create A Cover Letter

Your cover letter introduces you to the resume reviewer or decision maker. It will influence the reviewer to explore you further. A well written cover letter specifies the position of interest, your field of expertise, company requirements and what you offer for each. Focus on the company’s needs and how you provide a solution to those needs. Remember this basic marketing principle: refer to your target’s needs and benefits more than your desires.

Below is are examples of a shell for a cover letter and a completed cover letter.

Shell for Cover Letter Example

 (Date) 



(Decision Maker’s Name, Title) 
(Address)
(Address)
(Address)

(Decision Maker’s Name): 

Please consider me for the (position title of interest).

I am a (keyword(s) describing field of expertise) with a proven track record in (descriptive words).

As you’ll see from my resume, my qualifications are in line with your requirements [NOTE: List 3 to 5 corresponding skills as applicable, based on defined company requirements. Keep cover letter to one page.]:

You require: I offer:
· (enter company’s requirement) · (include your corresponding skill) 
· (enter company’s requirement) · (include your corresponding skill) 
· (enter company’s requirement) · (include your corresponding skill) 

I am very interested in working at (company). My salary requirements are flexible based on the scope and responsibilities of the position. [NOTE: only include this last sentence if salary history or expectations are requested.]

I will call you next week to arrange a time to meet.

Sincerely,



(Your name)

enclosure (your resume, of course)

Completed Cover Letter Example

February 14, 2010



Ms. Tracy Nicolas, Recruiter
Downtown Hospital
100 First Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33766

Ms. Nicolas:

Please consider me for the position advertised this weekend in the Clearwater Press. I am a professional human resources representative with a proven track record in staffing. As you’ll see from my resume, my qualifications are in line with your requirements:

You require: I offer:
· Recruiting experience · Demonstrated achievement: recruited, hired and oriented employees for Eads Industries, doubling the size of the technical support staff within a two month period; recruited and staffed all levels of employees for High-Tech Company; participated in corporate recruiting at the university level.
· A Bachelor’s degree · In addition to my BS in Industrial Engineering I’ve completed courses in Interviewing Skills, Employment Law, Job Analysis and Evaluation and Covey’s Seven Habits.
· Human Resources experience · 7+ years success in Human Resources including recruiting, management and employee relations. Recognized as a caring, trustworthy HR professional with excellent organization and communication skills. Focused on high quality and efficiency. 

I am very interested in working with Downtown Hospital. I’ll contact you early next week to further discuss the position and arrange a time for us to meet.

Sincerely,



Nancy Sawayda

enclosure

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