Summary: If you’ve worked hard to craft a powerful resume for your application for an administrative assistant’s job, you’ll want to make sure that it has the best possible chance of being noticed by your favorite recruiters.
This instance of an administrative assistant cover letters sample will help you produce a compelling letter to accompany your profile and attract the attention it deserves.
A useful tactic when writing any cover letter is to identify key work requirements from the advert or job description. These may include a description of skills desired and duties to be performed. You’ll then be better able to match your own talents and experience to the needs of the position you’re applying for.
Normally, a one page cover letter of three of four paragraphs will be sufficient. Ensure that you give full contact information at the head of the letter, including a daytime telephone number for ease of contact. A private e-mail address is also very useful. Whenever possible, address the letter to a specific person in charge of recruitment or of the department you wish to work in.
In the first paragraph you should explain your purpose in writing and make it clear what position you’re applying for. If you’ve been referred by a friend or professional acquaintance, say so in this opening section.
The second paragraph is your opportunity to show why you are a good fit for the job. You’ll be able to select the experience and skills you can offer that match the job criteria you identified earlier:
- give examples of your ability to operate under pressure, meet deadlines and multi-task
- point out relevant experience, for example as an executive assistant or legal assistant
- describe key administration skills, such as office management, event planning, accounting, customer care
- mention your computer knowledge, particularly if you are experienced in using software that will be important for the job
Don’t forget that the final paragraph gives you the chance to state how you wish to pursue your application; you could perhaps mention that you will call their office on a particular day and time to follow up the letter and resume that you’re sending.