A cover letter is a document included with your resume and describes a quick and additional information about your background and qualification. Cover letter is not required in some positions but it adds additional value of your candidacy that you really prepared this document for this position and you really interested for this job. Resume-free.com provides cover letter samples and cover letter templates for free download. You can use any of the cover letter samples edit and make your own template. There are few guide lines you should follow when you write cover letter.
What need to include in your cover letter
In cover letter, you explain briefly about your experience and show why you are qualified for this job. You also summarize your background, education and skill related to this position that send a message to the hiring manager why he/she should consider you for this job.
What not to include in your cover letter
Cover letter shows overall your qualifications for the position you applied for. You should not include your personality, what you like and what you do not like in your cover letter. Never ask your desired salary unless it is required. Your application will be rejected if your expected salary is not fall in the salary range. So always keep room for negotiation if salary is required. Do not write too much detail about your experience in the cover letter. Make it shorter with few paragraphs and your resume for more details.
Cover letter is not duplicate your resume
Cover letter should not be duplicated of your resume. You write something in cover letter that you did not include in your resume. Your cover letter that shows your initial contact with the potential company and you are making a critical initial impression to the hiring manager. Always careful and avoid typing and grammatical errors in your cover letter. Add your and your employer contact information at the beginning that shows you have really know about the company and the position you applied for.
Here is a sample Cover Letter and you can use as a template:
John S Smith
123 Main Street, San Francisco, CA 94122
Phone: 415-555-0000; firstname.lastname@example.org
September 04, 2017
mCorp Solution, Inc
555 New Street, San Francisco, CA 94122
Dear Hiring Manager,
This letter is to express my interest in Sr. Quality Engineer position posted on mCorp.com. Based on my work experience and academic qualification, I am confident that I will be a great addition to your team. I have enclosed my resume to provide a summary of my qualifications.
I have 6+ years of experienced in the field of IT with focus on Software test planning, requirements gathering, manual and automation testing of Desktop, Web based, Client/Server and Business Intelligent applications in Agile Software Development environment.
I am currently working as Sr. Quality Engineer at mTech Technologies Inc. and planed, automated and tested mTech’s web based and BI software. I have also worked for ITE Technology as a Lead Quality Engineer and planed, led, automated, tested ITE’s client server application. I have also worked for Howard Financial services as a Quality intern and tested web-based financial software.
In addition to that, I have Master’s degree in Computer Information System from the University of California San Diego, where I have developed a software tool for using in the mobile devices in my Master thesis. I believe my hands-on experience and practical working knowledge in leading software testing team and academic qualification will be well suited to meet the goals of your organization. I would like to have an opportunity to discuss how my experience and skills can help your organization. Until then, thank you for your time and I look forward to talk/meet with you soon.
John S Smith