Below is an example of a simple cover letter to get you started.
When you apply for a job, many times you will be required to submit a cover letter with your resume. Your cover letter should highlight points on your resume. Being in the over 50 crowd, this is where you can shine and bring forward skills and career experiences that your younger completion can not. This where you will show that you are a superior candidate for the position you are seeking. DO NOT simply review your resume, rather point out details and expand on specific key assets which are essential for success in the job.
Think of the simple cover letter (as illustrated below) not just as an introduction or an intent to apply for a job, but instead think of it as your first encounter and a great opportunity to market yourself. Writing a great cover letter
As a powerful marketing document, that sets the tone for your personal brand and what you bring to the table. Its primary purpose is to persuade a hiring manager to give further attention to your resume than just the typical six-second scan.
Sometimes a job posting lists the name of the hiring manager, and in that case, you should address your letter to him or her. In cases where a name isn’t listed, you should make an effort to find out the right person to whom to address your letter.
It’s always better to address your application materials to the appropriate hiring manager. If you can’t find their name by reviewing their corporate website or calling their front office, you may use the address of the company and an alternative salutation, such as “Dear Hiring Manager."
The main body of the cover letter should contain pertinent information about how you were referred to the opportunity, your interest in the position, your qualifications for the job, relevant training, and why you would make an excellent candidate. Remember you marketing yourself and creating interest -- so be thoughtful.
In closing, take action and include your plans for following up with the hiring manager: “I will call next week to follow up on the status of my application.” Always be polite and respectful of their time...thank them politely use a business oriented closing, such as “Sincerely,” “Best Regards,” or “Yours Truly,” followed by your name and signature (on a hard copy).
(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:
I am a highly capable _______________(TITLE) professional seeking an employment opportunity in the _______________(FIELD) area. I have enclosed my resume for your consideration.
Proficient at applying myself to a wide variety of responsibilities, I know I would be an ideal candidate for your consideration. I am a talented, detail-oriented professional who has enjoyed a career of growth with roles of progressively increased responsibilities. I take pride in my work and I am seeking a challenging position which utilizes my _______________(SKILL) skills.
Throughout my career, I have worked with all levels of management, and work well with people and enjoy new challenges. _______________ (PROVIDE A FEW EXAMPLES OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS or SUCCESSES). Because of these accomplishments and successes, I feel strongly that my skills and experience would be an asset to your company and look forward to learning more.
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