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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 →
Quality Analyst Cover Letter
Quality Analysts check products in order to determine if they meet company and industry standards. Typical job duties of a Quality Analyst include running tests, comparing products to user requirements, recommending improvements, reading blueprints, using inspection equipment, making sure goods are safe for consumers, recommending changes, implementing quality assurance procedures, documenting malfunctions, creating quality reports, and reporting to managers.
The ideal candidate for a Quality Analyst role should be able to demonstrate throughout their cover letters qualifications such as:
- Quality assurance experience
- Managerial abilities
- Detail orientation and observational skills
- Computer proficiency and knowledge of relevant software
- Being able to work under pressure
- Organizational skills
- Effective communication
The cover letter sample provided beneath showcases similar skills and abilities.
For help with your resume, check out our extensive Quality Analyst Resume Samples.
Dear Mr. Penner:
As a skilled and detail-focused professional with experience in overseeing product and system QA inspections to ensure compliance with industry standards and regulatory requirements, I can make a substantial impact on your company’s success as your next Quality Analyst.
My background lies in reading blueprints, identifying areas of deficiency, and recommending improvements while consistently completing projects on or ahead of schedule. Having refined my skills in inspection oversight, root cause analysis, and general quality control operations, I stand prepared to substantially benefit your team in this role.
My qualifications include the following:
- Extensive experience in managing quality control analysis in the insurance industry; creating quality error trending reports to identify problems, process/system flaws, and training needs for complex processes and transactions.
- Running tests, organizing schedules, delegating tasks, documenting defects, and revising procedures while coordinating all phases of quality analysis and improvement to ensure standards were consistently met.
- Managing Six Sigma process improvement initiatives to help operations meet—or surpass—quality standards and streamline processes to cut costs.
- Instrumental in implementing a new electronic statement delivery offering to decrease paper mailings and reduce costs.
- Demonstrating superior organizational, project management, team leadership, and interpersonal abilities throughout my career.
With my dedication to ensuring top-notch product and system quality, combined with my excellent time management and communication skills, I would be an excellent addition to your QA team. I look forward to discussing the position, and my qualifications, with you further.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Dennis N. Cupp