Published: Tuesday 21st of November 2017; Words Count: 1850
Assistant Manager Cover Letter Do’s & Don’ts
Do review job descriptions to see what abilities the company is specifically looking for and use them when deciding which of your skills to feature most prominently.
Don’t talk about how wonderful a position would be for you. Hiring managers are not as interested in what they can do for you as they are in whether you would be an asset to their team.
Do keep a positive tone in your cover letter. People who are more upbeat tend to make better leaders and are more capable of handling positions of authority.
Do not underestimate the power of using testimonies or quotes from previous employers. Sharing the praise you got on a performance review can add legitimacy to the skills and experience you claim to have.
Do keep the interest of your readers in mind while focusing on the skills that your past experience uniquely brings to the assistant manager position.
Don’t just convert your resume into sentence form. A cover letter should explain why your background and skills qualify you for an assistant manager role.
Do focus on specific accomplishments. A cover letter can be the perfect place to showcase your leadership, time management, or other managerial skills.
Don’t hesitate to quantify your skills. Referencing relevant numbers may help to make a stronger case for your ability to succeed as an assistant manager.
Do explain how you improved a current or past work situation when listing soft skills, such as the development of an incentive program mentioned in the example. Even better, use feedback and testimonials from co-workers if you can.
Don’t discuss how this job would benefit you. Remember, you are trying to sell yourself to them, not the other way around.
Do think outside the box and devise a creative cover letter that fits the tone of the company you are applying to. In the example, the applicant uses the words Âpassion,” Âenthusiastic,” and Âmotivational abilities.”
Don’t go too far if you decide to stray from the norm. There are just as many examples of people who come off sounding arrogant and egocentric that many companies, if not all, will turn away. Be aware of your attitude and how you present yourself.
Do use a free online copy-editing tool to double check the letter. It can alert you to incorrect phrasing or grammar, as well as wordiness and other writing don’ts.
Do use numbers to support your abilities as an assistant manager. Mention statistics such as increased amount of sales or fewer employee sick days.
Don’t focus on your education, even if you’re a recent graduate. Your experience is what counts; internships and volunteer experience qualify.
Don’t use adverbs unnaturally, such as ÂI am happily applying.” That brings you the wrong kind of attention.
Do address your letter to the department manager if you are unable to find the name of the hiring manager.
Don’t call attention to skills you don’t have. Chances are, not every applicant is going to have every skill desired. Focus on what you can offer.