Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 10th 2016 Contents B8
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Let s start by saying that you
must have a cover letter.
It s just the professional thing to
do. Now let s look at what you need
to have in yours.
Statistically, cover letters are glanced
at for less than 10 seconds, so you
should start with a short opening
paragraph and then have bullets to
make it easy for your points to get
across. This also makes it simple for
you to change as you can just replace
your bulleted sentences.
A pet peeve of hiring managers is
when your all-important first para-
graph is wasted with "I am writing
to you about your recent posting for
the XYZ job". Instead place before
RE: Project Manager posting on
Dice.com (posting job title plus source
Now you can have a compelling
opening paragraph that grabs their
It is best if you have the name of
the person which you may be able to
get on LinkedIn.
If you don t then To Whom It May
Concern, or Dear Hiring Manager will
This is where you grab their atten-
tion. It should NOT be about you, but
rather your value to them. For exam-
I am excited about applying for your
position as it is a perfect match for
my skill sets.
I have over 10 years of success lead-
ing high-profile projects for such firms
as GE, Merck and Ford Motor.
I am the Executive and Corporate
Troubleshooter regularly assigned to
turn around failing initiatives and
develop improved processes that
reduce TCO and increase the ROI on
Continuing that theme, you would
have no more than 1-2 additional sen-
tences to support your value propo-
As a Certified Project Manager Pro-
fessional (PMP) leveraging PMI, Six
Sigma, Agile and other methodologies,
I have earned a solid track record for
delivering quality solutions on time.
For example, at EDS, I saved over
$600M in delivery costs for a $3.7B
Companies love it when you
demonstrate that you know something
about them so add a short 1-2 line
paragraph that proves this is not a
NATIONAL HELICOPTER SERVICES LIMITED
National Helicopter Services Limited, a leading provider of helicopter transport and related services to the
The Security Manager administers a comprehensive program to ensure NHSL's aerodromes/line stations and
meets or exceeds global benchmarking standards. Responsibilities include the development of related
programs, the supervision and monitoring of subordinate staff or service contractors and the oversight of
Other duties include and not limited to
incidents as they arise.
established, implemented and maintained for company and client personnel and assets.
• Proven ability to motivate staff and manage a diverse team on time sensitive projects.
The Human Resource Manager
National Helicopter Ser vices Limited
P.O. Bag 685
No later than 10th May, 2016
form letter. For example:
I noticed that XYZ just completed an acquisition
of ABC which probably means you need help in
migrating and consolidating applications. This is
just one of the responsibilities I had at Merck.
Follow your last paragraph with,
Highlights of my background include:
Have up to 5 bullets here; a long story is not
necessary. Keep your bullet statements short, and
remember, the only purpose of the cover letter is
to get them to want to read the resume. Whet their
appetite and get them to want more information.
Do not go into long details here.
Don t forget to stress "soft skills." The #1 trait
that hiring managers look for in a candidate is still
good communication skills.
Assigned to turn around a failing ERP initiative
suffering from cost overruns and missed deadlines,
I met an aggressive production date and came in
at 8% under budget.
I would want to know more, wouldn t you?
Keep it simple.
The best way to contact me is on my cell phone
or by email. I look forward to speaking with you.
That s it. Simple, easy to change, and compelling
enough to get them to read your resume. Use these
tips and you will have a greater response to your
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