Your cover letter is your first impression on a company and makes a big impact. This is where you include your main skills and why you want to work at XYZ Company. This is also where you can explain your resume – gaps, short tenure, etc . The truth is, not every company requires a cover letter, and not every recruiter reads them. If your cover letter is a page or longer in 10 point font, I guarantee you a recruiter will never read it. The best cover letters are short sweet and to the point – no more than a quarter to half a page long. Remember – K.I.S.S.
To Whom it May Concern:
I have over 6 years of customer service experience including retail and banking. I’m able to handle my responsibilities, such as balancing my register and helping with the back-office or restocking, while taking care of customers. I worked part-time while putting myself to school and have a short gap in 2011 while I was completing an average of 20 units a quarter.
I’d love the opportunity to work as a Team Lead at XYZ Company and think my experience helping customers and training new employees makes me a great fit. I can be reached at 555-123-4567 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Thank you for your consideration.