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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 →
RE: Video Producer, September 19, 2014
Dear Mr. Kelly,
As a highly skilled Video Producer, I read your posting for a new Video Producer with interest. My experience aligns well with the qualifications you are seeking, in particular my role as a Video Producer at DDK Corporation, and I am certain I would make a valuable addition to your organization.
With more than 9 years’ experience as a Video Producer, I am adept in partnership creation, contract management, and work flow organization. Moreover, while my on-the-job experience has afforded me a well-rounded skill set, including first-rate time management and communication skills, I excel at:
- Strategic Relationship Cultivation
- Contract Negotiations
- Budget & Cost Control
- Talent Recruitment
In addition to my experience and personal qualities, I have a solid educational foundation and a passion for media and entertainment production. Please review my attached resume for additional details regarding my expertise and abilities. I will follow up to request an appointment to discuss how my experience and background meets your needs.
Thank you for your time and consideration.