What is a cover letter? It's a letter that you send to a
potential employer along with your résumé. A cover letter is
important because, among other things, it will tell the recipient
for whom the résumé is intended, it can elaborate on your
knowledge of the company and your desire to work for it, and it
allows you to name drop.
So if you are on the hunt for a new job, you will need to
produce cover letters with brilliance, flair, and speed, and,
therefore, you will need to settle in and let Philox help you
How to Write a cover letter: A cover letter should demonstrate
to the reader that you have read the job ad carefully and that
you are truly interested in that particular job. Many hiring
managers will not even look at a resume that does not come with a
The cover letter should:
- Be to the point. Should clearly link your experience to the
role being advertised.
- Be no more than three to four paragraphs long.
- Be positive and upbeat. Make the hiring manager interested
in reading your resume.
The cover letter should NOT:
- Be a summary or repeat of your resume.
- Be a uniform letter you send with all job
Here is an example:
May 25th, 2007
CEO, Connecting European students
2 Kastoros Street, 5th
Dear Mr. Philox:
I read with interest your advertisement seeking an advertising
sales professional, as I believe I possess the attributes
necessary to make the role a success.
As you will see from my resume, I have a proven track record in
advertising sales as well as selling to all levels of management
in the tourist/hospitality/travel sector in 14 different
countries including Australia.
Adept at leading a team or working as part of a team, I am also
an enthusiastic self-starter able to work from home. I have
initiative and loads of drive. My personal motto is: "Never give
up". Technical skills include telephone and face-to-face selling,
Word, Outlook and Excel software proficiency and strong
I hope to have an opportunity to meet with you to discuss how I
could contribute to your team.
Writing a cover letter: