Executive cover letters are not dead yet!
And they can be an effective way to help the recruiter or hiring manager identify your talents and capabilities as a viable candidate for a job opening.
A well-written executive cover letter can also help you stand out among your peers.
Your cover letter should exude enthusiasm, motivation, and drive. The reader should be able to see at a glance how well you communicate, and what emotional intelligence you bring to the table.
Here are a few cover letter writing tips:
- Not sure whether to write a cover letter? It’s surprising today that some executive job seekers don’t send cover letters at all. While it’s a speculated theory that only 50% of cover letters get read, writing a cover letter is your opportunity to highlight important details that might not be highlighted in your resume. Don’t squander that opportunity!
- Cover note or cover letter? Either is fine, however, if vying to write the best cover letter, use business letter writing etiquette. A cover letter does give you the opportunity of a more thorough explanation of what’s covered in your attached resume, along with a few standout statements that align your experience with the organization’s needs.
- Don’t just summarize your resume in the cover letter. Your cover letter should add something new to help you stand out as the perfect candidate, not just reiterate your resume. You can showcase work habits, personal traits, and why you’re interested in the job. It is also a great place to explain industry changes or other issues that may be important to point out.
- Leave out the sales pitch. Recruiters and hiring managers have heard every cliché there is. A simple straightforward cover letter that explains why you’re a strong match is a better approach. Showing examples that match your experience to the specific qualifications they are looking for is an extremely effective approach.
- Formal or friendly tone? Don’t be overly casual (no slang) and keep in mind that spelling and grammar really do matter. Keep the tone and language conversational, engaging, and friendly.
- Show a strong interest in the job. A compelling letter will make a convincing case that you’re interested in the opportunity presented. Explain why – paint a picture in the mind of the reader why you would be a perfect fit.
- Customize each cover letter. While it’s good to have a cover letter with basic content that can apply generally, you don’t want the recruiter or hiring manager to think they are reading a form letter. Tailor each letter to the specific job so that you really stand out as a good candidate.
Executive Cover Letter Samples
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As an executive, a cover letter is a crucial part of your job search package. It is going to be read by high-level people within the company, and you need it to be effective enough to get your resume moved to the interview pile.
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Creating a cover letter isn’t just about summarizing your resume and introducing yourself to the person reading, and here we will look at what goes into a successful executive cover letter.
Start your introduction paragraph out strong. In fact, use strong words and powerful verbs throughout your cover letter. Make it forceful and persuasive.
I have 15 years of experience in sales management and have started many projects both within my company and with partners.
Say something like…
Corporations today need measurable performance increases if they are to compete on a global scale. As an executive with more than 15 years of experience in sales management, I have championed many successful initiatives and leveraged key partnerships to bring my company greater success.
Making The Connection In The Middle
After your introduction, it is time to highlight your value. Don’t hesitate to use performance metrics when possible, especially if they’re relevant to the needs of the company and show how you can add value. Do your best to make a connection between the company’s needs and your expertise. You want your cover letter to really market your fit, so you want to use the strongest, most powerful language possible.
When closing your cover letter, you want to really make one last push to market yourself. Explain how passionate you are about what you do and mention personal traits that could give you an edge over your competition. Explain what you really like about the job and the company you are applying to, and why you are the best candidate for the position; and remember to keep your language tight and concise but powerful and full of action words. It’s also important to remember two key items when closing your cover letter:
- ASK for the interviews.
- ADD a PS that clinches the deal! You can read more about that here.
A great cover letter will take time and careful consideration to write, but that time will prove to be a good investment if you utilize it properly. Remember that you only have a few seconds to grab your reader’s attention and prompt them to keep reading—so open strong and keep your language concise. The right cover letter can be tricky, but it can also be the key to landing your job.
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