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5 Cover Letters That Worked
The Success Story
The following candidate was looking for a Quality Assurance job in the video game industry. Thanks to his cover letter, he got himself an interview (and the job!).
Notice how he uses the second paragraph to elaborate on his passion for the video game industry, and then offers a couple of brief anecdotes to illustrate that passion. He doesn’t just repeat his resume word-for-word — in fact, he even states that he’s about to share some new information.
He also injects a bit of lighthearted humor into the letter towards the end, giving the employer an idea of how he might fit in with the organization. You don’t want to overdo it with humor, but showing a bit of personality here and there can help set you apart from the crowd.
Dear Hiring Manager,
I saw your job posting for a video game QA position and it caught my interest. My goal is to pursue a career in video game design and my research shows that a QA position is the logical entry-level position.
The enclosed resume details my background but what you won’t see on that resume are my strong analytical skills and passion for video games.
I see the world through a design lens: when traveling in Japan, I met a number of Japanese businessmen. We could not converse due to the language barrier but instead, communicated through a series of video games. Throughout my days, I come across things and can see them as the root of a video game. A recent trip to an older post office had me visualizing a zombie attack. (I actually forgot to mail my letter.) I even create games in my spare time.
I would love the chance to discuss this opportunity with you. tops my list of target employers as it is known as the organization for design and the ability to market the games.
I will plan to call you on November 3rd to follow up. In the interim, my contact information is listed below.
The Mistake →
Dear Ms. Christopher
I would like to express my interest in the Sports Reporter slot with Capital News. I have been a print and broadcast journalist for seven years. I have had the good fortune of combining that with my passion for sports of all kinds. It can still be hard to believe that four years of study in journalism fundamentals the legal issues and ethics of reporting and technical writing has led to this rewarding and exciting career.
In that regard I have long been an admirer of Capitals sports coverage particularly your nightly The Last Swing. As the longest running sports show in broadcast history I have always enjoyed its unified humourous and often heated wrap-up of the days sporting news. To be a part of that sports reporter team would be a dream come true.I already have a network of contacts in the sports community developed over the many years covering this field. That means getting to the details before anyone else and then getting a story on the air that no one else will have. And I will do it six nights a week.
Lets set up an interview and talk about what I need to do to become a Sports Reporter with Capital News.