(Closed) writing a kick butt cover letter…

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
679 posts
Busy bee

Just commenting so I can come back and see the advice! I’ve struggled with this too – and I WAS an English major! I’m confused about what to include and what not to. What’s important, what’s not? Tone?

Post # 4
1460 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m a hiring manager and I never even look at cover letters.  Everything I need to know is contained in the resume.  Spend your time on a kick-ass resume.  🙂

Post # 6
3553 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I just graduated in May and got hired about a month ago. My parents both have experience hiring and helped me write my cover letter. I got a pretty good call back rate. This is the one I wrote for the job I got (personal info retracted)




Dear Hiring Manager:
Your posting for a Junior Scientist caught my attention as I have experience in laboratory research on plants in conjunction with fungi.

I recently graduated cum laude from the College of [] at the Universityof []. I majored in Biochemistry and minored in plant biology. I worked as an undergraduate lab technician in the [] Lab in Plant Pathology at the University
of []. I worked in the lab from October 2010 to May 2012, and did an UROP
(undergraduate research opportunities program grant) with Dr. [] on a DNA
macroarray designed to detect fungal soybean pathogens. I have experience in cDNA cloning into plasmid vectors and am very experienced in fungal culture. I am also experienced in protein purification. I feel that my experience is a good fit for this position.

I would welcome the chance to discuss the Junior Scientist position. You may contact me
at [phone] or [email] to schedule a meeting.

Thank you for your consideration.


Every time I applied to a job I’d change the position title and why I was interested in it. I’d also modify the second half of paragraph 2 to point out my specific qualifications as they pertained to the job posting. I tried to use that same phrasing because you have to first get through an electronic filter with large companies and then (for me at least) you have to get through an HR screening where they do not know all of the vocabulary pertaining to my work and how it interchanges.

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