If you have read our previous posts How to Write Your Resume Cover Letter: Parts One and Two, then you are ready to finish up your cover letter. If you have not yet, we highly recommend that you read those posts first before continuing on below.

If you have followed our previous two posts, you probably have a document that looks something like this:

“Ken Watterson
Regional Manager
ABC Electronics, Inc.
1234 Coolidge Ave
Cumberland, VA 12345
(703) 123-4567

Subject: Marketing Manager Position

Mr. Watterson,

In response to your listing on your website for a Marketing Associate, I am pleased to show you my resume. I would be the perfect fit for this position because of my passion for great marketing, my demonstrated work ethic, and my drive to innovate. My drive and desire would allow me to learn fast and build campaigns that raise your marketing to new levels.

As seen in my resume, I am a hard-working, innovative, and detail-oriented marketing manager. For instance, when tasked with auditing all of our ledgers in a short three-month time span at XYZ Corp., I worked 80-hour weeks for three months to make sure the audit was done on time. Also, I created a new tracking system to monitor all our incoming requests, which resulted in a 200 percent boost in conversion. Because of my deep experience as a marketing manager, I know I can succeed in bringing your new product line to market.”

All you need know is two more paragraphs: one to explain why you want to join the employer’s company and another to invite them to contact you for an interview:

3rd Paragraph: Reasons for Applying

Your third paragraph has a simple mission: to explain why you want to work for this employer. Take a minute to consider this: why do you want to work for this employer, out of all the places you could work?

[Note: a paycheck or insurance or something to keep you busy are not compelling enough reasons for employers. They want to see evidence that you’ve done your homework and really thought this out.]

Good reasons for working somewhere include: a chance to learn and grow in your career, a chance to join a winning team, and the opportunity to build something great. By citing these reasons, you show that you are already on board with their company. Being able to cite specific things about the employer that excite you is a plus here, too.

In a few sentences, this is what this might look like:

“I am excited about the prospect of working with your stellar team at XYZ Corporation. Your team has had so much success in the last two years, and I want to be part of taking your products to even greater heights.”

“I believe my work ethic and skill set would fit right in at ABC Company. I’m sure I could learn so much from and contribute a lot to your company. More than anything, I want to work for you because I know that I can grow there.”

4th Paragraph: Invitation

Finally, now that you’ve sold the employer on your experience and skills and your fit for their company, all you need to do is ask. This is no time to be shy. In a direct, yet polite manner, you will invite the employer to contact you for an interview. Here is a simple template to follow for this paragraph:

State your intentions
Start the paragraph by telling the employer that you want to meet with them to talk more about the open position. This will look something like this:

“I hope to meet with you in the next week to further discuss my qualifications for the Plant Manager position.”

As seen above, this should be simple and straightforward, so as not to be mistaken.

Invite
Now, just as clearly, you will extend the invitation to the employer. Be especially clear in how you prefer to be contacted, like so:

“If you are interested, contact me at your earliest convenience via email at [email protected]

Closing
Now, you can close the letter by stating that you are looking forward to meeting with them, effectively putting the ball in their court, like this:

“Thank you for your time. I look forward to speaking with you.”

Then you close the letter with the standard ‘sincerely,’ ‘cordially,’ or ‘best regards.’ This is no time to get flowery. Please leave out anything that seems too familiar, like ‘with all my love,’ ‘til next time,’ or ‘affectionately.’ Add you name, phone number, and email address at the bottom, and you’re done.

If you’ve followed all the steps, your finished product should look something similar to this:

“Ken Watterson
Regional Manager
ABC Electronics, Inc.
1234 Coolidge Ave
Cumberland, VA 12345
(703) 123-4567

Subject: Marketing Associate Position

Mr. Watterson,

In response to your listing on your website for a Marketing Associate, I am pleased to show you my resume. I would be the perfect fit for this position because of my passion for great marketing, my demonstrated work ethic, and my drive to innovate. My drive and desire would allow me to learn fast and build campaigns that raise your marketing to new levels.

As seen in my resume, I am a hard-working, innovative, and detail-oriented marketing professional. For instance, when tasked with auditing all of our ledgers in a short three-month time span at ABC Electronics, I worked 80-hour weeks for three months to make sure the audit was done on time. Also, I created a new tracking system to monitor all our incoming requests, which resulted in a 200 percent boost in conversion. Because of my deep experience as a marketing professional, I know I can succeed in bringing your new product line to market.

I am excited about the prospect of working with your stellar team at ABC Electronics. Your team has had so much success in the last two years, and I want to be part of taking your products to even greater heights.

I hope to meet with you in the next week to further discuss my qualifications for the Marketing Associate position. If you are interested, contact me at your earliest convenience via email at [email protected] Thank you for your time. I look forward to speaking with you.

Sincerely,

Bob Jones
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]

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