One of the most powerful ways to get your resume noticed by an employer is by including a strong cover letter that speaks directly to the job. So to help increase the chances of getting your resume selected, here is a basic sample cover letter targeted to a specific job that you can use as a template to write your own cover letter.
And yes … it really can make a difference. By carefully targeting your cover letter to each job, you have a far better chance of grabbing the screener’s attention – and winning that all-important interview. And targeting both your resume AND cover letter is your ultimate “one-two” punch!
In case you need help with cover letter basics
To help you with writing your own, I’m including a template of what a TARGETED cover letter might look like. But first, it might help to review the things that generally go into a strong cover letter:
==> What Goes Into a Good Resume Cover Letter?
Job description elements to target for this example
The job we’ll be using in this case is Business Analyst. So before I show you a sample cover letter, let’s first look at some key requirements in the job description (borrowed from a post about targeting business analyst resumes), since the description is where you find skills you want to target.
“We’re looking for a Senior Business Analyst with Oracle experience (preferred), a thorough understanding of human resources business functions, and experience in requirements gathering, business process improvement, and software testing including planning, execution, and reporting. Some of the specific requirements include:
- A minimum of 5 years experience as a business analyst. Usability/ user experience expertise a plus.
- Oversees all functional aspects of system development, in partnership with the technical lead.
- Experience and proficiency in preparing planning documents and written reports.
- Ability to produce high quality requirement specifications to support ERP functional design development.
- Writes detailed functional test plans to ensure system changes work properly, existing processes remain unaffected, and the needs of the users are met.“
Example of a cover letter targeted to this job
Dear Hiring Manager, (NOTE: best to find an actual name if you can)
I am very interested in the Senior Business Analyst opening at ABC Company that I saw advertised on Dice.com. I hope you will consider my closely-related experience, as well as my strong interest in ABC Company, which I’ll be happy to talk more about when we speak.
As a Business Analyst at XYZ Company, I’ve worked extensively on their Oracle human resource and financial systems. I think you’ll find this experience especially relevant:
- Managed all functional aspects of major system upgrade to Oracle Human Resources legacy system
- Interviewed users and prepared detailed requirements documentation for new payroll system module
- Led user task groups to assure appropriateness and usability of new user interfaces and workflow components
- Worked with users and technical staff to develop test plans prior to major implementations
I have attached (included / pasted) my resume, and would appreciate the chance to explore this opportunity further with you. Please feel free to call me at 555-555-5555 if you have any questions or need additional information.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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Some final thoughts
No matter what job you are applying for, the basic targeting technique is to use the job description as the source of skills / experience they are especially interested in. And then, make sure that you highlight at least a few of your corresponding skills /experience on your cover letter, and as much as possible on your resume.
Your goal is to use your targeted cover letter to help them see how well you match their current opening. And even if you have to use transferable skills to make your case, make sure you’ve done your best to point them to the parts of your work history that matter most to THEM.
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Business Analyst Cover Letter Sample 1:
As an innovative expert in business analysis and project management, I have saved companies millions of dollars by pioneering first-of-their-kind initiatives. Combining business systems savvy with the latest technology and trends, I am skilled at devising and seamlessly directing the development of revolutionary solutions which maximize speed, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. Spearheading the coordination of people from all backgrounds and levels on an on- and offshore basis alike, I have an outstanding track record of transforming concepts into state-of-the-art realities which produce quantifiable improvements in profitability, performance, and business potential.
Striking the optimal balance between technical sophistication and user-friendliness, I continually meet and surpass customer expectations. Experienced in areas spanning from R&D to sales, marketing, and business development, I have a unique ability to define 360-degree roadmaps to success. Inspiring people to continually push the boundaries of possibilities. Because of my ability to manage all aspects of projects spanning from needs analysis to the deployment of best-in-class solutions, I will be a valuable asset to your company.
Confident that I would be an excellent addition to your organization, I am enclosing my resume, which contains more detailed information on my professional history. Please review it, and contact me at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your time. I look forward to your reply.
Business Analyst Cover Letter Sample 2:
I am a recent graduate of East Atlanta University with a Bachelors in Business Administration Major and a Dual Concentration in Marketing and Supply Chain. I also received my associates Degree in Hospitality management from Monroe College. I am very analytical and am very passionate about mining through data and taking core information to come up with the best alternative for business challenges. I have exercised that skill while conducting research for East Atlanta University’s Sustainability efforts and while pursuing my Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. When conducting research for both projects I was able to pin point the problem, come up with a new process or idea and effectively and efficiently implemented it.
I really found out I had a passion for being analytical during the East Atlanta University Sustainability project. Using statically tools such as excel, charts, or graphs to find out the root problem and not the symptoms, was so intriguing to me. I was able to sit at the computer for hours trying to condense information down, in order to make it more readable and understanding to those who will read my findings. Upon completing the project, my collegues and I presented our information and recommendations to the Board of Directors in order to help decrease East Atlanta University’s Green House Gas emission better known as the Crabon FootPrint.
I’m very confident with speaking and articulating my research and recommendations to top, middle and lower level management. I am result driven and orientated, focused, organized, dedicated and a leader. I believe that my experience paired with my enthusiasm to learn more about the industry coordinates with what you seek for. I am very eager to learn and understand what makes your organization special and I will stand firm to make it even better
Enclosed is a copy of my resume, which provides in full detail my qualifications for this position. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Business Analyst Cover Letter Sample 3:
I am writing to express my interest in the recently vacant Business Analyst position at your company. I perused the job requirements, and I am glad to state here that they match perfectly with my experience and technical expertise.
For the last 5 years I have been an integral part of the business development team at CSC Corporation, a leading US-based IT services company. During this time, I have demonstrated an ability to perform sufficiently, consistently, and repeatedly the whole range of functions associated with the post of a Business Analyst. These include, but are not limited to the following:
- Conduct business and system analysis
- Lead software and process design changes
- Manage feature scope
- Develop an in-depth insight into the issues and data challenges of client’s organization
- Provide expertise on the systems limitations/capabilities as they relate to the business goals
- Act as a technical liaison between the technology department and the business customers
Along with the essential business analyst related skills, I bring the following skills & technical abilities to the table:
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Solid interviewing and elicitation skills
- In-depth understanding of Software Development Life Cycles
- Solid knowledge of all the latest technologies and applications such as Web Base Applications, SQL, SharePoint, Mobile devices, and Businessintelligences reporting & dashboards
- Experience and in-depth knowledge of Agile Software development technique
- Strong customer service orientation
My resume is attached with this application. It lists my work experience, professional education, and achievements in greater detail. Given my qualification and experience and proven record of accomplishment, I am hopeful that you will find enough reasons in my resume and this application to give me an opportunity of a personal interview.