Below is a sample of a cover letter. The format will work for any industry.
Further reading: 8 Steps to a Perfect Cover Letter
Dear Carol Simons,
Please consider me for the position you have open for vice president of product. I have six years of experience in product marketing and my background is in engineering, which makes me uniquely qualified to excel in this job.
Some of my recent achievements include:
- Delivered three consumer gaming titles under budget while simultaneously managing ship-dates that changed three times.
- Oversaw design and development of Manic Warrior 3 which reached the top-ten sales charts in the college market.
- Managed advertising and marketing accounts for three Fortune 500 companies and increased the value of those accounts for my agency more than 45% overall.
My strengths are in team management and understanding the way creative decisions affect a company’s profit margins. I’m certain I can make a significant positive impact on [company’s] product line. Please give me a call to schedule time to talk about how I can work with you. My number is xxx-xxx-xxx or you can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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