Sample Custom Cover Letter

Seth had been sending out an old resume to his networks that was not achievement and metrics focused, and he was getting a lukewarm response. We loaded his resume with lots of numbers that would convey his value to his next employer.

One of the issues we negotiated with Seth is that he wanted to market himself both as a capital projects executive and a sourcing/supply chain executive. While these two areas often intersect, there was potential to write different resumes for these two focal points. We ended up with three versions of his resume: this one (which was all-encompassing but through a capital projects lens), plus a version targeted for capital projects and another for sourcing. In the end, he ended up using this more complete version for the majority of his job search activities.

We mentioned the companies where Seth had worked in the top summary because BIGBIO is an extremely well-known large company and we also wanted him to come across as marketable to smaller companies.

Rather than have a Core Competencies section, we placed Seth’s 3 most important skills under his title, and, since they fit, put the rest of his key competencies in a bullet. We also used the top bullets to provide a sense of the range of industries and functions where he has experience/expertise.

For each of his positions, we chose an overarching accomplishment followed by bullets of how he achieved the larger project wins.

Seth had a huge uptick in the response he was getting from his networks. He obtained a position as Senior Director of Capital Project Management at a global engineering & consulting company in the biotech sphere.

Capital Project Management Executive – VP / Director Sample Resume

Cover letter examples by industry

A good cover letter highlights the specific skills employers are looking for. Check out these cover letter examples for a variety of industries.

A great cover letter will show that you're the right candidate.

If you're wondering how to write a cover letter, you're in the right place! It doesn't matter what level you're at in your career—to get noticed by potential employers, your professional cover letter needs to knock their socks off. Your cover letter is much more than friendly greeting; it's a tool that lets hiring managers know that you're the candidate they've been hoping for.

Recruiters and hiring managers have seen every type of cover letter format imaginable. For maximum wow-factor, you must build a cover letter that highlights your industry-specific experience, accomplishments, and credentials. 

Steps to write a cover letter

  1. Start with the proper greeting: Address your cover letter to the person who will be reading it. 
  2. Introduce yourself with an opening: Write a personable, inviting opening paragraph that highlights how your skills are a perfect fit to the company and position.
  3. Get them interested with a compelling hook: Highlight your past achievements as they relate to the job you're applying for.
  4. Promote your skills: Highlight your additional relevant skills, such as computer languages or certifications.
  5. Thank them in the close: Briefly recap your strengths as a candidate, thank the reader for their time, and include your contact information.

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Help hiring managers find your cover letter

When your cover letter is in good shape, don't let it just sit on your computer. You need to get it out there! Could you use a little help getting your cover letter in front of hiring managers? Join Monster today. As a member, you can upload up to five versions of your resume and cover letter—each customized to the kinds of jobs you're interested in. Recruiters search Monster every day looking to fill top jobs with qualified candidates, just like you. Make it easier for them to find you, and for you to find a job.


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