EMAIL COVER LETTER TO COMPANY FOUNDER
A few days ago I applied for a Technical Recruiter position with Company I used the Monster.com posting to apply; but I also decided to reach out to you and introduce myself, as well as share a few advantages that I can offer to Company.
I have no doubt that your time is valuable, and I know it will take a few (ok, several) minutes to read all of this. I acknowledge that this is not the most concise email ever written, but I promise it will be worth your time to read it.
First of all, I’m not a Technical Recruiter—yet. I’ve spent the past four years in a somewhat unusual, niche recruiting role: I specialized in working only with candidates with disabilities. I’ll get back to that in a minute, but first I’ll explain why I want to be a Technical Recruiter and, more specifically, why I’m interested in working for Company.
Quite simply, I want to make the transition from Disability Recruiting to Technical Recruiting because I want to take my career to the next level. I worked very hard to achieve a level of excellence in my little corner of the industry, but now I need new challenges to tackle so that I can continue to grow. I believe that tech offers the expanded horizons I’m searching for. I also have a strong need to do work that is important, and I believe that tech offers the opportunity to do work that changes the world. Finally, I think everyone wants to do work that interests them (that’s a huge factor in career satisfaction), and emerging technology and its applications are fascinating to me. For these reasons I’m committed to working as hard as it takes to learn how to be a Technical Recruiter.
So why do I specifically want to work for Company, as opposed to trying to snag a spot with one of the thousands of staffing agencies out there, or even an in-house role at some big name corporation? Because I’m looking for mentorship, ethical practices, and a small team where I can be a valued contributor.
Mentorship is an obvious and immediate need for me. I’m trying to learn a whole new skillset, and the best way to do that is to be taught by experienced professionals. I won’t pretend to have an advanced technical knowledge base right now. I have a very general understanding of project lifecycle phases and of general engineering roles (mostly because my best friend is a Senior Mobile Engineer at Company and he talks about his projects non-stop), but I know that even though I know virtually nothing at this point, I have the two most important keys to success already: the ability and the ambition to learn. In line with my desire to learn, I’m looking for a company that is willing to teach; and I’ve become convinced that Company is exactly the type of company that is willing to make investments in Junior Recruiters by offering strong mentorship. I reached this conclusion not just from the job posting I responded to, but from thoroughly researching your company. For example, Employee Name seems to be an example of mentorship done right, and of your willingness to invest in the development of highly-motivated employees.
Of course, ethical recruiting is another non-negotiable trait for me. I have no desire to have my name associated with a firm that conjures up stereotypes of greasy used-car salesmen. I spent the last four years in an extremely challenging field where clients came to the table with a lot of misgivings about hiring employees with disabilities. The only way I could survive long-term was by building strong relationships with everyone I met—and I did that by being 100% honest and making sure that every placement was the perfect fit. Often that meant not being as prolific as some of my peers. However, I would rather make one perfect placement and continue to get business from that client for years, than make five placements with clients that come to regret ever meeting me and never give me business again. I also believe in making the candidate just as happy as the client. It’s no coincidence that over the last four years I had the highest average salary for placements on my team, and I also was the only one that never had a FTE hire leave a position in the first year. My philosophy is to make sure that after a deal is concluded, everyone at the table walks away happy and eager to work with me in the future—and that they all stay happy. I think Company shares this philosophy.
Finally, it’s important for me to work on a small, close team. I’ve enjoyed the benefits that go with this type of work culture for years now, and frankly I refuse to work any other way. I just came from a team that took collaboration to the level of an art form, and it was a beautiful thing. Every one of our consultants operated autonomously, but we knew exactly how to work together when a situation called for it. That cooperation helped every member of the group achieve greater individual success (there were 16 of us), and of course it made the team as a whole virtually unstoppable. Every member of the team was allowed to grow and develop in specialized areas that emphasized their individual strengths. My personal specialty was candidate assessment and evaluation, and I enjoyed being known as the company “guru” in that area. Outside of work, I bonded with my teammates at Volleyball Tuesdays and at numerous impromptu social events. My teammates at Company were some of my closest friends, and they still are. Again, I believe that Company may have exactly what I’m looking for in this aspect as well.
But enough about why I want to work for Company. I want to take a minute to tell you what unique advantages I have to offer you.
Relationship Building: I’ve already touched on this but I want to stress that I’m an absolute rock star at this key element of success in this industry. I have a gift for finding common ground with everyone I meet very quickly. The clients I’ve worked with love me. The candidates I’ve placed love me. Hiring managers at companies I’ve worked with in the past invite me to company parties, and people I found jobs for three years ago still text me every Christmas. I don’t consider these people to be just business contacts, they’ve become my friends. That’s the approach I take to business: make friends first and the money will take care of itself.
Hearing ‘No’ again and again, and not giving up: Everyone knows this is the key to success in any career that requires a degree of salesmanship. I believe that my unique background has given me a distinct advantage in this area. See, my recruiting experience has been overwhelmingly candidate-focused. In my former role, only about 10% of our business came from employers approaching my company and asking us to consult with them as they hired a workforce with disabilities. The few companies that did were the ones committed to a “social justice” branding image (Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft, and Walgreens to name a few big ones). The other 90% of what I did was selling employers on the value of hiring candidates with disabilities—through the process of cold-calling and then (slowly) building and cultivating relationships over time. It was challenging at times, frustrating at times, and never easy; but I made it work. On top of that, everyone on my team was expected to make cold-calls in person. I was literally walking into companies off the street and asking to speak to leadership to pitch them on the idea of hiring people with disabilities. On top of that I frequently was asking these employers to create a new position for my candidates and then convincing them of the value of such an employee. How many Recruiters have done that?
Every recruiter has experienced hearing ‘No’ a hundred times for every ‘Yes.’ But in my particular arena I probably heard ‘No’ a thousand times for every ‘Yes.’ Far from being a disadvantage, I think my experience placing the most difficult candidates in the industry gave me a level of perseverance that most people don’t have—perseverance that will translate into a distinct advantage as a Technical Recruiter.
Creative Problem Solving: I’m the type of person who always finds a solution, no matter what the problem is. When a candidate was unsure if he was going to last in his new job because of his social anxiety around his coworkers, I arranged for him and his new team to spend an afternoon together at Gameworks to get to know each other in a laid back, fun environment. When a client had misgivings about hiring a legally blind administrative assistant, I negotiated for her to come into the company and try the job out for a day in a working interview. I personally set up her assistive reading device on a computer at the employer’s office so she could prove that she was able to effectively use the technology. When a candidate was trying to get his first professional job and he couldn’t afford a suit for the interview, I took him shopping. I’ve never found a problem that I couldn’t solve yet, and I feel that quality will be welcomed at Company.
Competitive Nature: I love a challenge and I view life (and by extension, my career) as a series of opportunities to become stronger and continuously prove myself against increasingly difficult challenges. A joke amongst my close friends is that they refuse to go hiking with me because my “hikes” are more like 12-15 mile wilderness excursions where I climb over 7,000 feet. I’m currently training 10 hours a week for the Swim with the Centurions Race in San Francisco this summer (which is a 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz to the mainland in under 25 minutes). I didn’t become the number one marksman in a squadron of 350 soldiers by taking a blasé approach to training. When I devote my effort to a task, I expect it of myself to be the best. I’m a perfectionist at heart, and I believe that attribute will make me successful as a Technical Recruiter just as it has in many other pursuits.
And finally, a “bonus” that I haven’t seen mentioned in a job description, but which I believe is a unique way that I can contribute to your company from Day One…
Writing: Aside from connecting employers with the best employees, and connecting employees with jobs they love, my second greatest professional passion is writing. I do it as a hobby (I’m currently writing two books), and I’ve done it professionally. At Company I wrote over 80% of the Candidate Assessment Reports that we produced for the State (we received funding from the government for every individual with a disability that we placed into a job). These reports amounted to over 480,000 words written in four years (that’s almost five standard novels), and earned the company an additional $72,000 per year just from my efforts. In fact since I resigned from my position at Company to focus on making the transition to being a Technical Recruiter I’ve also been freelancing by writing copy for a few fledgling startups. My writing is a proven, marketable skill that has earned a lot of money for myself and for my former employers. I won’t go into all the specific ways that my writing and editing skills may be useful to Company (mostly because I don’t want to provide joke material at my own expense by extending this ridiculously long email even further by… writing about writing), but I’m confident that this is another way I can provide value and be a contributor to your organization.
Founder Name, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read what I have to say. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to interview with Company, as I think it may be a mutually beneficial relationship for both of us.
Although I already sent it through the Monster system when I applied, I’ve also attached my résumé to this email for quick reference. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time if you have any questions or would like to meet. My schedule is very open as I am currently living the self-employed lifestyle.
Thanks again, I look forward to hearing from you.
Name, address, phone and email
Technical Recruiter position with COMPANY, an organization which will benefit from my strong work ethic, ability to learn quickly, and experience in relationship-driven business environments.
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills; including verbal presentations, face-to-face and telephone sales, and filling the role of brand ambassador at events. Able to effectively ascertain the needs of individuals and teams I am working with and provide timely and useful strategies to meet those needs.
- Proficient in the use of technology and software; including online applicant tracking databases, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe products, and Microsoft and Cisco VPN Clients.
- Proven success at cultivating and maintaining strong working relationships with both clients and candidates. I have an understanding of relationship-driven business, and I have worked effectively in such a business for the last four years.
- Motivated self-starter with a lengthy track record of working autonomously while producing desired outcomes.
- Over ten years of experience working with both large and small teams, working with many teams and organizations at the same time, and managing multiple projects simultaneously.
- Stellar organizational skills; maintaining thorough and accurate hiring documentation, developing metrics to track outcomes against goals, as well as measuring and reporting progress to management teams.
Relevant Professional Experience
Dates: January, 2011 to February, 2015
Title: Employment Consultant
Reason for Leaving: I have been wanting to make a career change to take on a more challenging role, and I got an opportunity to do freelance copywriting for a few startups in the meantime, so I chose to resign from my position.
- Provided full-cycle contract recruiting services to over 150 employers in the Greater Seattle area (sourcing, screening, conducting skills assessments, developing leads, scheduling interviews, and participating in offer negotiations)
- Served as an effective brand ambassador for Company at events such as the annual Networking Open House, job fairs, and trade shows; as well as numerous national professional conferences.
- Saved my employer an average of $12,000 every year by negotiating partial payment for contracts that were canceled.
- Assisted candidates with resume creation, networking and interview skills, as well as strategies to dress for success. In 2012, I used these strategies to help a homeless deaf teen secure his first full-time job with benefits.
- Filled over 100 positions annually (exceeded placement goals 4 years in a row).
- Developed, implemented, and delivered customized training programs to onboard and stabilize 300 new employees within 20 client companies (via both individual/on-the-job training and classroom teaching environments).
- For over 4 years, I negotiated the highest average wage for placements among all Employment Consultants at Company.
- 100% of my placements were still at their jobs or had been promoted after one year.
Dates: February, 2009 to January, 2011
Title: Lead Training Specialist
Reason for Leaving: Transferred to position of Employment Consultant.
- Served as a manager for 9 supervisory/training staff and 88 entry-level employees in two business units—Unit (light manufacturing), and Unit (secure document destruction and archiving)—responsible for over $230,000 of production per month.
- Established new accountability measures and safeguards to promote better quality control. The implementation of these measures correlated with a 9% drop in manufacturing errors.
- Personally managed a project to redesign all 88 employee workstations to provide better ergonomics and increased efficiency. In some cases, I also reassigned employees to jobs that suited their individual skills better. Every single employee achieved a higher level of productivity after these changes were made. The average increase for all employees was about 13%, and some employees saw as much as a 60% increase in productivity.
Ft. Knox, KY and Ft. Lewis, WA
Dates: June, 2007 to January, 2009
Title: Cavalry Scout
Reason for Leaving: Discharge under normal conditions
- Graduated from Cavalry OSUT (a rigorous battlefield reconnaissance school) in the top 5% of my class; and was consequently one of 6 out of 120 graduates that got to participate in the Hometown Recruiting Assistance Program—an initiative that sends exceptional newly-graduated soldiers back to their local communities for two weeks to recruit at high schools and colleges.
- I was promoted to the position of gunner/secondary vehicle commander at the rank of E-2—a position normally reserved for ranks E-4 and above. I spent many hours studying this job and learning everything I could from more experienced soldiers, even though it was technically “above my pay grade.” When the regular gunner got sick one day, I seized the opportunity and volunteered to fill in for him. I did so well that by the end of the day I was the new permanent gunner.
- Won first place out of 350 soldiers with a perfect score in a squadron shooting competition. This performance earned me a spot in an advanced shooting school and the role of Squad Designated Marksman.
- Earned certification as a Javelin Master Gunner, which qualified me as a trainer on the weapons system. I was then asked to train 78 of my fellow soldiers in several classroom sessions with 20-30 students per class. I designed and presented the 20 hour training, which culminated in a live fire exercise. All 78 students surpassed the certification requirement of 85% accuracy after taking my class.
Dates: March, 2005 to June, 2007
Reason for Leaving: Joined the Army
- Effectively managed a job and life skills training facility for individuals with developmental disabilities.
- Reduced reportable conflicts between program participants by 30% by revising policies and creating new conflict intervention and de-escalation strategies; and by training staff in the implementation of these policies.
- Created personalized training plans for each participant in order to meet their individual learning goals. Following the plans I had created, one participant was able to earn his high school diploma, and four others were able to obtain their first employment in the community.
A.A. in Business, South Seattle College
September, 2010 to March, 2013
- Volunteerism (over 2000 hours in the last 5 years)
- Open-water competitive swimming
- Target shooting