1. Which position are you applying for?
At the beginning of your cover letter, state which position you are applying for. Hiring managers review many applications for multiple positions every day. There is no time to search your cover letter for clues about the job you want.
In other words, if the hiring manager doesn’t see the position you’re applying for in the first paragraph of your cover letter, your application may be moved to the trash.
So when you’re writing your cover letter, list the title of your target position in the first paragraph as follows:
I am an experienced safety officer who knows how to improve safety everywhere I work. I am excited to apply for the position as a night shift sergeant at Morris Security and I appreciate the opportunity to observe and report for your company.
2. That you want the job
Your cover letter must say you want the job. Now you’re probably thinking something like “Thanks for nothing, Captain Obvious. Just submitting my application proves I want the job, doesn’t it?”
A recent study found that a third of new hires leave their jobs within 90 days. Employee turnover is costly for companies, so they prioritize applicants who have a desire to stay long-term.
It is therefore important to show that you are seriously interested in the position. Here is a list of things to say on your cover letter to show the hiring manager that you are a serious candidate:
Show passion for your work (with hard numbers)
If you love what you do, say so in your cover letter. But don’t just say that you are passionate. Impress the hiring manager by proving your passion with successes and hard numbers.
Here is an example:
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with creating stunning visual art. I’ve carried this obsession over to my graphic design career, winning 5 international design awards, and helping my company increase organic traffic from Google image searches by 20%. I believe my passion for graphic design makes me a great candidate for the Johnsonville Online Visual Content Specialist position.
Connect the position with your career growth
An employee who is about to submit a cover letter for a promotion is a productive employee. If you state in your cover letter that you are motivated to advance your career, you can get the hiring manager’s attention.
Here’s a great example of what your cover letter should say about your desire for professional growth:
I want to take the next step in my career as a customer service professional. I have led small teams of more than 3 people for 2 years and I believe I can use this experience to be successful as a customer service manager for Florence & # 39; s Flowers.
Express your admiration for the company’s values
Positioning yourself as someone whose values align with those of the company is a great way to convey your interest in the job.
Here is the first paragraph of a cover letter showing that the candidate shares the company values:
I recently got a degree in social work and more than 4 years of experience volunteering at local shelters for people without shelter. I want to dedicate my life to improving people without a home. I have researched San Francisco Fresh Start and believe that your mission and position as Shelter Staff are a perfect match for my values.
Name a company contact
If you know someone who works for the company, include that person’s name (with their permission, of course). A referral from someone the hiring manager already knows gives you credibility and increases your chances of getting an interview.
The following excerpt from the cover letter shows how the name of a contact is given:
I am interested in the position of night shift supervisor at Max Supermarket. I discussed the job requirements and my 6+ years of retail management experience with your General Manager, Betty Shore, and she encouraged me to apply.
3. Why you are qualified
Each paragraph of your cover letter should state why you are qualified for the position for which you are applying. Start by listing your main selling point in the first paragraph and then prove your relevant qualifications by the end of your cover letter.
When listing your relevant skills and qualifications, provide evidence to back up your claims.
Put yourself in the position of hiring manager for a moment. Which of the following statements is more credible?
Obviously, the second statement is more believable because it contains certain accomplishments and results. Make your cover letter stand out by providing similar information.
4. How you can help the company
Employers look for hard and soft skills in cover letters with which they can achieve their goals. As you write your cover letter, describe how your skills can benefit the company to help convince the hiring manager that you are qualified for the job.
Here is an example of what to say in a cover letter to show that you can benefit the employer:
I am pleased to express my interest in the open position of Director of Security Training at Davis Security. I was a member of the U.S. Army Military Police for over 10 years providing security to bases at home and abroad. I believe that my knowledge of security best practices will improve your organization’s training, increase your efficiency, and increase your profit margins.
5. That you have researched the company
Include details on your cover letter indicating that you have researched the company. Inclusion of your research shows the hiring manager that:
- You are really interested in the position
- You wrote a cover letter specifically for your job
- You have research skills
- You value preparation
- You take the initiative
Here are two examples of business research included in a cover letter:
I recently read in a press release that you are planning to improve your Artificial Intelligence skills. In my previous position, I led a team of engineers to develop facial recognition technology and I look forward to transferring that experience to help your company become an AI leader.
The basic values on your website resonate with me. I, too, love the delivery of unmatched customer service as evidenced by the four Employee of the Month awards that I received as a customer service representative for Acorn Health.
When submitting a resume cover letter with no experience, researching the company is vital. While your work history may not demonstrate your research skills and initiative, the demonstration in your cover letter will help you overcome your lack of experience and get the job.
6. That you want an interview
Don’t forget to mention in the final paragraph of your cover letter that you would like an invitation to an interview for the position. Ending your cover letter with a call-to-action will increase your interest in the job.
Keep these tips in mind when requesting an interview in your cover letter:
7. That you appreciate the employer’s consideration
Finally, say “Thank you” to the HR manager for reviewing your application. Thank you for opening your final paragraph like this:
Thank you for taking the time to read my cover letter and the attached résumé. I am convinced that I can make a valuable contribution to your company with my proven communication and leadership skills. If you would like to discuss my qualifications further, please reach me at (123) 456-7890 or [email protected] to schedule an interview.
You can also end your final paragraph with a thank you:
I am confident that my demonstrated communication and leadership skills will make me a valuable contribution to your company. If you would like to discuss my qualifications further, please contact me at (123) 456-7890 or [email protected] to schedule an interview. Thank you for taking the time to read my cover letter and CV attached and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Sample cover letter
Here is a full example to show you what to include in your cover letter:
October 30, 2021
Hiring manager name
341 company address
Reno, MN 55919
Dear (name of Head of Hiring),
I am ready to use my more than 8 years of experience in the fast food industry for you as a (position title) at Burger King. My passion for leading my team to provide great customer service is shown in my attached resume which includes the following career highlights.
As a responsible, sociable and self-motivated leader, I have risen from a beginner to a manager in several fast food establishments. I am currently a shift supervisor at Subway, where I supervise, dispatch and train more than 12 employees. Previously, I worked at McDonald & # 39; s and led more than 7 team members.
Some of my main achievements are the following:
- At Subway, my customer satisfaction is 99.9%.
- With McDonald & # 39; s I have reduced cooling costs by 10% through innovative solutions
- I managed $ 2,000 in cash at McDonald’s every day
- I lead my team at Subway to successfully serve more than 350 customers every day
I am an excellent communicator and am fluent in both English and Spanish. Being bilingual enables me to efficiently resolve issues with crew members or customers. Plus, I thrive under the pressures of the fast-paced food service environment and get intense fulfillment when I get 100% customer satisfaction during the busiest times of the day.
I believe the qualifications I have presented are exactly what Burger King is looking for in a (position title). I would be very happy to have the opportunity to explain my experiences in more detail in an interview. You can easily reach me at (123) 456-7890 or [email protected] I look forward to hearing from you soon.
With best regards,