This cover letter example is strong because it employs general cover letter writing best practice. It is neatly and clearly formatted, the contact details are correct and easily referenced, and it is within the prescribed one page limit.
For senior level or executive role cover letters, the details or specifics of your accomplishments are particularly important. You’ll likely be up against highly qualified and competitive candidates, so it’s important that you use every opportunity in your cover letter to prove your worth.
In this executive cover letter example you can see that each new paragraph heralds a unique way in which the candidate is most suitable for the role, whether it’s her 10 years spent in the industry, international market experience, or national awards. The example cover letter is also strong because it shows positive leadership experience and an enthusiasm for new ideas and innovation. Because executives are leaders of their organisations, it’s critical that your strengths as a determined and likeable leader are detailed clearly.
The way in which you write and communicate key messages in your executive cover letter is just as important as the actual experience and content you include, so make sure yours is suitably formatted, neat, and easy to read for every role you apply for.
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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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