How to personalise your cover letter
In writing a cover letter, remember that it should never be generic – it should be personalised and tailored to the job and company that you are applying for.
Have attention to detail. Scrutinise the job advertisement and ensure the details are exactly mirrored in your resume. For example, if job applications are to be sent to ‘Stephanie Green, HR Manager’, ensure that Stephanie’s name and title are on your cover letter and the spelling is exact. If the job title that you are applying for is ‘Administration Assistant’, ensure that you don’t write ‘Administration Coordinator’.
Reference relevant skills and experience. If you’ve done your research, you will know exactly what kind of skills and experience the hiring manager is looking for. For example, if the advertisement mentions that they are looking for a Project Manager who is ‘excellent at stakeholder engagement’, you could say; “As a Project Manager with 8 years’ experience, I am known for my ability to influence and engage key stakeholders to achieve business goals.”
Reference the company. In your research, you may have identified what the company goals or values are. Ensure that you reference those goals and values when writing a cover letter, and articulate how they reflect your own goals and values.
Retail cover letter
Your retail cover letter should take stock of your skills and experience. For writing tips, view this sample cover letter for retail, or download the retail cover letter template in Word.
If your job opportunities feel like they're on layaway, it's time to take stock of your credentials. To be considered for top retail jobs, your cover letter must demonstrate your skills and experience, as well as your customer service expertise. For writing tips, view this sample cover letter for retail, or download the retail cover letter template in Word.
Additionally, you can learn about retail careers and look for retail jobs on Monster.
Retail letter template
Sometown, OR 55555 | (555) 555-5555 | email@example.com
August 10, 2017
Ms. Amy Hightower
VP of Human Resources
14 Pinegrove Ave.
Sometown, OR 55555
Re: Retail Store Manager, Job Ref. #12345, Advertised on Monster
Dear Ms. Hightower:
I offer 12 years of experience managing day-to-day retail operations for stores generating between $10M and $15M annually, making me an excellent fit to your Sometown store manager opening.
Since graduating from XYZ University with a BA in business, I have progressed through increasingly responsible retail management assignments, including serving as store manager at DEF Company (my present position), electronics department manager at GHI Company and assistant store manager at JKL Company.
In each position, I drove the attainment of revenue, profit, shrink-reduction, customer satisfaction and sales-volume goals. My ability to propel goal-surpassing results and motivate employees to deliver top performance has been demonstrated through accomplishments that include:
I share ABC Corporation’s commitment to building an environment with the highest level of customer service, team morale, merchandising standards and store operations. To arrange a meeting, please call me at (555) 555-5555. Thank you for your time.
See all sample cover letters on Monster.