462 Home St.
New York, NY 25435
Mr. Ronald Smith
Senior Human Resources Manager
International Company Corp.
1 ICC Ln.
Houston, TX 78682
Dear Mr. Smith,
It is with great interest that I write directly to you about the advertised opening in your company for the position of Project Manager at International Company Corp. The prospect of working with such a celebrated industry leader as International Company Corp is extremely exciting, and it would be an honor to contribute the myriad skills I’ve gathered and honed throughout my six accomplished years of experience to your organization.
For the past four years, I have been working as a project manager at Domestic Business Co. with a tremendous amount of success in all aspects of project management, from detailed budget analyses, performance reviews, and overseeing and approving resource allocation, to coordinating directly with clients on behalf of the company. My success at DBC has been recognized on a number of occasions, including being awarded the ‘Most Productive Project Manager of the Year’ distinction in 2012 as well as 2013.
According to my research, International Company Corp. has consistently managed to increase its project load each quarter and strengthen its already laudable position in the industry. Moreover, an increasing number of those projects focus on two areas in particular: renewable energy and the economic revitalization of low-income urban areas. I have overseen a number of projects from inception to completion that deal directly with both of those endeavors, about which I am very passionate. In fact, I have direct experience with two specific projects wherein renewable energy and urban revitalization efforts intersected. In light of both my expertise and ICC’s recent endeavors, I strongly feel I would be quite an asset to International Company Corp.—a highly respectable company wherein I feel my particular skillset will make a real difference in keeping ICC ahead of its competitors for years to come!
Thank you, Mr. Smith, for taking the time to consider my qualifications and the potential value I would bring to ICC. I look forward to speaking with you further, and am available at (123) 456-0987 for any additional information or to discuss anything specific.
Once again, thank you for your time and consideration.
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Cover letters should not be condensed resumes, they are an opportunity for you to write directly to the hiring manager overseeing the position you desire and to capture his or her attention. Your goal is to demonstrate that you are not only qualified for the job and a potentially valuable contributor, but that you are also aware of the company, its values, aims, and recent projects, and that you would be excited to be a part of the team.
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The cover letter example below is that of a vice-president finance applying for a position with an international bank. Central to this cover letter is the applicant's emphasis on his track record at:
- increasing revenue by identifying and correcting defects in financial system calculations;
- designing and implementing a profitability analysis that eliminated excessive costs;
- accelerating performance reporting turn-over from 1 month down to 1 day; and
- streamlining and centralizing global organization of over 1,000 branches.
These accomplishments make this cover letter hard to ignore. It cannot be emphasized enough that in order to have a strong cover letter, fancy words are often not enough. The strongest cover letters are the ones that show strong track records as an indicator of future performance.
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January 2, 2005
Mr. Bailey Addison
International Finance Bank
456 Oak Street
New York, NY 22222
Dear Mr. Addison,
More than ever, international banks need proven performers who get results in competitive environments and a tough economy. My record as a finance executive speaks for itself:
- Increased revenue $2.5 million annually by identifying and correcting defects in financial system calculations.
- Designed and implemented "Profitability Analysis" program that eliminated over $36 million in excessive costs.
- Accelerated performance reporting turn-over from one month to one day, impacting 46,000 global accounts.
- Streamlined and centralized global organization of over 1,000 branches, reducing company budget 21%.
I am confident I can deliver similar results for International Finance Bank, adding to your company's exceptional reputation for exceeding client expectations and generating superior shareholder returns. In my current position as Executive Vice President of Corporate Banking, I have led my teams to deliver a four-fold increase in profitability, and more than tripled operating margins through a variety of reporting, performance, and process reengineering initiatives.
As a senior executive with over 14 years of experience in the financial service industry, one of my primary goals has been to lead both by personal example and by the effective management of individuals. My consistent success is largely due to the ability to build and maintain a principle-focused environment that preserves the company's fundamental values while stimulating progress and growth.
Implementing hands-on strategies and providing personal contact, I believe, are essential to building successful business relationships. I am effective at establishing and maintaining business alliances as well as developing strategic programs that increase revenue and add value.
My goal is to secure an executive position with an organization in need of strong and decisive leadership. I welcome the opportunity to explore my potential contribution to your corporate banking operations, revenues, and bottom line. Thank you for your consideration, I look forward to discussing the possibilities.