Let’s be real, looking for a job can be one of the most exhausting, soul destroying processes ever. You spend hours searching for jobs, then hours perfecting your resume and cover letter so they are specific for that job, you feel like the job was written exactly for you, you send off your resume and then crickets. You hear absolutely nothing. It doesn’t have to be that way.
When I was relocating from Sacramento to San Diego, I knew I wanted to work for an incredible company. I wanted to find a job that excited me, that I’d stay at for years. So I went about my job search a little differently.
The cover letter below got me more interviews with CEOs of incredible companies than I can count. Since it worked so well for me, I wanted to share it with you. Obviously you’ll need to update it so it works for your sector and background, but you can see the elements I included and how I was able to tell my story and convey some of my personality in a pretty short letter.
The goal of the cover letter is to get someone to look at your resume and hopefully get you an interview. Feel free to use this letter in your next job search.
Subject line: Have we met?
I’ll make this short and sweet. I’m in the process of relocating to San Diego from Sacramento (on my dime) and hear great things about [Company name]. I know from experience that most great jobs aren’t advertised, so I’ve always focused on finding companies I admire and reaching out to them directly. [Company name] is indeed one of those companies.
I started working in digital advertising back in 2002 when NO ONE was interested in buying online ads! We were the dark and dirty people pounding the pavement selling banners, skyscrapers and popups. But it was an exciting time to be in digital media and ad sales.
Fast forward to now and I’ve worked across all mediums and have honed my skills in advertising, marketing, branding and communications. I’m looking for a director- or VP-level position in marketing, branding, communications or client services – ideally for a fun agency such as [Company name].
I like what I know about the agency and company culture. It sounds like a place I’d fit in well. I’d love to chat with you to learn more about [Company name] and what opportunities might be available in the coming months. I will be in San Diego permanently from October 15 and am available for a phone or in-person interview any time before then. I’ve attached my resume for your reference.
I look forward to hearing from you.
PS…Fun facts about me: I have two different colored eyes, speak French, lived in Europe for 8 years, have been to about 60 countries, know the words to pretty much every song ever written, have a jewelry line that I design and sell, am full of witty comebacks and am originally from Orange County.