Resume and cover letter are interlinked to each other. A cover letter provides a professional approach to the resume. The main aim of drafting a professional cover letter is to get a call for the interview from any of the reputed organization with the related profile. A big difference between a cover letter and a resume is that a cover letter follows a specific format and needs to be personalized i.e. you cannot send the same cover letter to all the employers, but the reverse of that is the resume i.e. it can be generalized and you can use the same resume for applying any type of job.
A cover letter is basically divided into 3 parts; the introduction or header section, the information section and the conclusion.
- The introduction section includes the objective of drafting the cover letter, i.e. the position for which you are applying. You can also show your keenness in joining the organization and settling a long-term career with the organization. Mention the source or reference from where you came to know about the job opening.
- The information section is the most important section of the cover letter that includes professional summary (present and past experience with the duties and responsibilities), educational qualifications, achievements, project details, skill set and contact details. Make sure that these information is correct and to the best of your knowledge.
- The conclusion section includes the salutation to the recruiter for their valuable time and consideration that they put in the cover letter. Also convince the recruiter for scheduling an interview with the recruiter. The cover letter should be drafted in such a manner that it should catch the attention of the recruiter by its first look. Highlight the important aspects of your resume in the cover letter. Be short and concise in writing the cover letter and do not stress the point unnecessarily as it leaves a bad impact in the eyes of the recruiter. Now let us have a look on how to write a cover letter for the position of an accounts manager in the banking sector.
Accounts Manager Cover Letter
From Amigo S. Bulk 125 Black Street, Horsham, United States Email address- firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 987-000-2929
Date: March 20, 2012
To Robinson Patter HR Recruiter ABC Finance Associates Ltd 112 Green House, Oakland, California 455252 United States
Subject: Application for the post of Accounts Manager, as referred by Mr. Simons Rozar (Senior Accounts Manager)
Dear Mr. Robinson Patter
This letter is with the reference to the opening for the position of an Accounts Manager in your organization. I am eager to join your organization, as I have an experience of more than 8 years in this domain. I possess excellent accounting knowledge along with excellent communicational skills. Currently I am working with ZS banking services for the last 3 years, as a senior accountant. I hope that I have fulfilled the eligibility criteria for the position of accounts manager in your company.
My professional working history, professional qualification, skill set and core competences, educational qualifications and achievements are stated in the resume attached with the cover letter. Finally I would like to thank you for your precious time in reading the cover letter. I am eagerly waiting for your reply and hope to meet you soon.
Amigo S. Bulk Attachments:
- Resume- resume.doc
- Copy of degree certificates
- Copy of the experience letter and relieving letter
- Copy of the salary slip for the last 3 months (if required)
Given above was a sample cover letter. Let us look at some do’s and don’ts of a cover letter, so that you can understand how to write a cover letter for resume in a better manner. Do’s of Cover Letter
- Be short and precise in drafting the cover letter, making sure that the information is correct and relevant
- Use professional formatting in the cover letter. For example, use font as ‘Arial’, ‘Times New Roman’ or ‘Calibri’, font-size-12
- Highlight your credentials in an effective and justified manner that includes your academic qualifications, professional qualifications, duties and responsibilities and achievements
- Proofread the cover letter 2-3 times before sending it to the employer so that there is no mistake and the resume is error-free
Don’ts of Cover Letter
- Avoid the use of flowery and complex language so that the reader can easily understand
- Do not lengthen the cover letter too much; otherwise it can irritate the recruiter
- Avoid using fancy bullet points in your cover letter; keep it plain and simple
These tips along with the example cover letter for the position of an accounts manager will help you in drafting your personalized cover letter. You can also refer some free example cover letter templates for your reference.