March 10, 2006, Newsletter Issue #37: Good Cover Letter Example

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This is an example of a well-written cover letter. The applicant details his experience with numbers to back him up, and also outlines relevant non-paid experience. He addresses a specific individual by name and title. He has also done his research on the company, and even knows in what areas he could make improvements. He also asks for some action to be taken.

February 20, 2006
Mr. Robert Bigbucks, Regional Hiring Director
Big Time Corporation
52 Pickup Avenue
Jobtown, New York 12345

Mr. Bigbucks,

I am responding to your ad in the Journal of Sales and Marketing for the Regional Director of Sales position. You will find that my background and experience is an excellent match for this position.

Enclosed, please find my resume for your review. As Director of Sales for Acme Widget Company, I was responsible for the oversight of a staff of 50 sales professionals. During my five year tenure at Acme, I have increased the sales of widgets and widget peripherals by over 20% each year. This was the direct result of innovations in customer contact, service improvements, and staff adjustments that I made.

In researching Big Time Corporation, I have found that you have a higher than average sales force turnover, and also that you are using an older customer service contact and data base system. I have some ideas on how both of these things could be quickly and inexpensively improved.

In addition to the experience indicated on my résumé, I have also served as the Fund Drive Volunteer Coordinator for Wilshire Academy, a small private school in my town. Through my direct efforts, Wilshire Academy has been able to meet its funding goals for the past six consecutive years. Wilshire has awarded me the Meritorious Service award for each of those years in recognition of this achievement.

I would be very happy to discuss my experience and credentials with you, and show you how I can put my skills to work for the benefit of Big Time Corporation. I know that Big Time is right for me, and I would love the opportunity to prove that I am right for Big Time.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or to schedule an interview at your convenience. I can be reached at (555) 555-5555, anytime, or via email at johnd@doe.net. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely, John Doe

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