I often get asked if a career change cover letter is important...and the simple answer is "YES". Especially so, if your over 50. Sadly a career change cover letter is often treated the as an afterthought. After putting so much time and effort into their resume, many times folks view the cover letter as nothing more than a required but unimportant attachment.
In fact, many recruiters and hiring mangers (including myself) often would trash the resume as we would deem this as laziness
In fact, this introductory letter can determine whether your resume leaps to the top of the pile or is relegated to the rejection heap.
Here is a great career change cover letter template that you can use...just insert your information and customize if to fit the particular situation that you are seeking. Also, it is very important for people in our age bracket to stay relevant. Use Google Alerts to help you stay on top of trends...its a great tool and one that is often under used.
(INSERT YOUR FULL FORMAL NAME)
1234 Any Street
Huntington, NY 11734
(INSERT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS)
Home: (INSERT YOUR HOME PHONE NUMBER)
Cell: (INSERT YOUR CELL NUMBER)
(INSERT DATE HERE)
Mr. John Burns
1234 Any Street
Huntington, NY 11734
Dear Mr. Burns:
This letter is to express my special interest in discussing the _______________(TITLE) position posted on the ______________(LIST WHERE FOUND i.e. company web site, or job board such as LinkedIn, Indeed, Monster etc.). The opportunity presented in this listing is very appealing, and I believe that my experience and education will make me a competitive candidate for this position.
Although my career has been mainly focused within the Retail industry, in this capacity I have interfaced frequently with customers, vendors and staff. This has instilled multi-dimensional communication skills and an ability to recognize, act upon, and fulfill customer wishes and needs in order to ensure their continued, and positive, relationship with the business.
In fact, in my most recent role as __________ (LIST COMPANY), I received an ‘Excellence in Customer Service’ award due to my ability to coordinate complex logistics in order to keep customers happy even when issues arose. Again, this involved not only managing the retail floor, but with communicating directly with customers. As a result, I believe my combined ability to successfully manage a sales team while also effectively interfacing with customers and product vendors makes me a prime candidate for this role.
The key strengths that I possess for success in this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
Provide exceptional contributions to customer service for all customers.
As you can see I have a wide breadth of transferable experience that gives me the versatility to succeed in a number of roles with confidence, and with the level of excellence you expect.
I hope that you will find my experience and interests intriguing enough to warrant a face-to-face meeting, as I am confident that I could provide value to you and your team. I am very excited about this opportunity to work for __________ (LIST COMPANY).
I would welcome the opportunity for a personal interview to discuss my qualifications. You will find me to be well spoken, energetic, confident, and personable, the type of person on whom you can rely on. I am enthusiastic about exploring this opportunity further and look forward to the possibility of a meeting.
I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you and to learn more about this exciting opportunity.
I would like to stop by and meet with you personally. Please expect my call in the coming week so that we might be able to get together in the near future.
Michael A. Smith
This site's success will hinge on me helping you solve problems. For those of us over 50, we face more challenges than others younger than us when competing for jobs and getting doors to open.
I invite you all to share your stories of challenge and successes. We all can learn from those who have faced the same challenges. The idea here is to help and be helped - so please add your comment or insight!
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