What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?
I’m an experienced recruiter and I’ve been a hiring manager, too. I’ve seen the same mistakes again and again throughout my career. But if you take a little extra time to avoid these common problems, your cover letter should really stand out!
Remember these four questions to help you write a successful cover letter and get hired:
- Why do you want to work for the company? What interests you about them?
- Talk about how your personality and skills align with what they do
- Why are you a good fit for this company and the job?
- Write about how your past work, life experiences and skills meet the important requirements of the job
- How are you personalizing this cover letter sample?
- Tailor your cover letter to the job you’re applying for
- Address the cover letter to whoever will be reading it. If you don’t know who will be reading it, you can address it as “To the Hiring Committee” or “To the Hiring Manager”
- Have you proofread your cover letter?
- Make sure to check for correct spelling and grammar before sending out your cover letter!
Dear Mr. Stevenson,
It is with great pleasure that I am applying for the Project Manager position at Crane & Jacobs Construction. I am a business professional with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and over fifteen years of project management and construction experience. It takes a highly organized person to manage and coordinate all tasks that are required for each project and I am confident I am the candidate for this position.
Over the course of my career, I have been responsible for the design, implementation, and execution of multi-million dollar residential projects. During that time, I developed a solid reputation for successfully and profitably managing numerous concurrent projects through all project phases from conception through completion within targeted cost, schedule, and compliance parameters.
I am an analytical, insightful, and highly-disciplined problem solver with a demonstrated ability to identify and secure project resources and provide the quality leadership that invokes committed professional participation on the contractor and subcontractor levels. Additionally, I bring superb communication skills that are quite necessary for handling vendors and ensuring a project is completed within budget and on time.
In closing, I am thrilled at the possibility and would love the opportunity to meet with you and discuss the value I can bring to Crane & Jacobs Construction. I appreciate your time and consideration and look forward to speaking with you soon!
How to write a project manager cover letter?
- Include your full name and contact information at the top of your cover letter
- Start the cover letter by respectfully addressing the recipient by name
- Mention where you found the job posting and your interest in the opportunity
- Use the first paragraph to explain why you would be a great hire as the project manager
- Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
- Thank the reader and express interest in discussing the role in more detail
- End the cover letter with a professional sign-off and your full name
- Your cover letter should be one-page or or less in length