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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Example cover letter for executive manager with broad experience in CEO, COO positions in diverse industries. This version of a cover letter can be used by any high level management position such as Vice President, Director or Senior Manager.This cover letter provides an opening for both a corporate cold and corporate ad introduction. The document also provides an introduction if you are submitting to an executive recruiter.
In the body of the cover letter, the writer explains how the job seeker executes strategies that drives revenues, growth, competitive market positioning, profits and shareholder value. The executive candidate uses statements to emphasize achievements such as growing the company to $60 million in revenues.
The writer goes on to describe other executive qualifications and explains how the job seeker could benefit the company. The cover letter also includes a closing statement for cold, advertisement and executive recruiter.
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Executive Cover Letter Writing
Executive level professionals need to include more information on their cover letter. Where we usually would suggest 3-4 statements defining their career in the body of the paragraph, an executive should have at 6-8 statements. In many cases, it would be appropriate to use two paragraphs to outline the entirety of your experience. For example, someone that had a 20 year sales career with the most recent 5 years working in operations may need to spend more time defining their career.
There is no question that an executive needs quantified achievements in their cover letter. A bulleted list of accomplishments should be incorporated into the document so those achievements stand out. Identify your top 6-10 actions that resulted in multi-million dollar cost savings or high percentage revenue growth. Any time that you improved innovation, technology or productivity do not be afraid to list that on the cover letter.
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