Writing a cover letter is often an annoying and sometimes difficult step in the job application process. Find the sample cover letter below. For many people, finding the right words to introduce themselves and their experiences to a potential employer is stressful. However, writing a cover letter that lands you an interview can be achieved more easily than you think. Following the RIGHT formula, discussed in the next paragraph, can get you started. It also helps to familiarize yourself with the different types of cover letters used to contact potential employers.
Writing your cover letter is as simple as following a five-step process.
Just think of the acronym R-I-G-H-T. It stands for Review, Identify, Generate, Hone, and Transmit:
1. Review Samples, Postings, or Descriptions
To inspire initial efforts and motivate actions, review sample cover letters and postings as well as job descriptions. Think about the phrases or special language used in these items. Key phrases in job postings must be transformed into the best paragraphs in your cover letters. If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, it can be the best cover letter-writing strategy.
2. Identify Resume Key Points
Look at your resume and think about how it relates to the job for which you’re applying. Identify the key points that you wish to highlight in your cover letter. These should be field-focused qualities as well as directly related to academic, employment, or co-curricular achievements. What is it about the resume that you think is most strategically linked to targeted career fields and the specific job or particular functional areas of an employer? What two resume entries do you want the cover letter reader to examine in detail?
3. Generate a Draft
Keep your first draft to one page if possible, but don’t worry too much about length. Later, you’ll edit to the desired word count. Use the examples in the Sample Cover Letter Phrases section for inspiration, but don’t copy word for word any of the samples that inspire you. Just get some ideas down on paper or on screen. Don’t feel pressured to generate your final draft first.
4. Hone a Finished Version
This is when you’ll edit the content to achieve maximum effectiveness and impact. The finished version should not contain typos or any major grammatical or style errors. Remember, this is your first writing assignment for your prospective employer.
5. Transmit via E-mail or Fax, Then Mail
Once done, don’t delay communication. There truly is no reason to wait. Never procrastinate. Proceed to the next section to learn details regarding cover letter format, content, and specifics to completing the five steps to cover letter success.
Greetings from Lahore.
I hope you will give me the opportunity to discuss the available position with you.
During an interview I will share how past successes below required skills that will lead to future achievements with Any Corporation. Sales and marketing accomplishments to date include:
- Developing sales programs and new businesses to increase penetration, market share, and revenue, using advanced, technically sophisticated systems-management services.
- Participating in development and marketing teams for new service products for a service business generating $3.7 billion worldwide.
- Assuming P&L responsibility for an added-value services business generating $90 million.
- Establishing a record for producing positive bottom-line results in a high-tech, service-oriented business with worldwide markets.
- Record of success coordinating detailed data and negotiating effectively with claimants, professional peers, corporate management, and others to arrive at mutually favorable solutions.
- Experience training, establishing goals for, monitoring, and supervising claims professionals.
I appreciate your advice, consideration, and support of my candidacy and I look forward to speaking with you regarding appropriate next steps.
Things Not to Say in Your Cover Letter
Don’t discuss desired salary in your cover letter.
Saying, “I must make at least $55,000” will be a major turn off.
Don’t tell your life story.
“I was born in Lahore I have four children. I was intelligent student. I was on the football team and editor of my school newspaper and…..” Keep your answer limited to the parts that will affect your suitability for the job.
Don’t say, “I’m looking for a nine-to-five job.”
It shows that you’re not willing to put in extra time and effort if needed.
Don’t specify money as a motivating reason for pursuing a new job.
When you say, “I am interested in earning a higher salary,” your potential employer will wonder if you have any interest in the job or company.
Don’t forget to explain how you progressed in your job.
By saying, “I started out as an assistant and was promoted to a senior position within one year,” you don’t give the reviewer much information about what you did in the meantime.
Don’t confuse personal accomplishments with professional ones.
While you may be tempted to boast, “My accomplishments include winning my softball team’s biggest game of the season by hitting a grand slam,” it’s not something to mention in your cover letter.