Here’s the first victim for our cover letter clinic. Everyone is welcome to critique but please be gentle and kind with your criticism.
I am the perfect writer for the job you posted on Craigslist, because I already have experience writing the type of real estate articles you are seeking. One of my regular clients is creating a variety of websites for the Arizona real estate market, and my duties are to research area information and present it in an interesting format that includes specific keywords to help attract the search engines to the website.
My goal as a writer is to create content that is engaging to the reader, while at the same time friendly for the search engines when needed. I am based in the United States and am a native English speaker. I also have worked in the past as an English teacher, which means that my grammar skills are excellent. All of the work I submit is proofread and free from errors. When you add me to your team, you will find that I am able to stay on task, complete my work on time and turn things in ahead of schedule most of the time. Deadlines are very important to me, so you will not receive work late.
I am posting my resume and a sample below. The sample is not real estate related, as those articles cannot be shared due to contract terms. However, the sample will give you an idea of my writing style. I can start working immediately, so feel free to send over work right away! Thank you for your consideration.
I’m not sure if I would start a cover letter stating you’re the perfect candidate. If this is your first line, you have a lot to live up to with the rest of your letter. So if your first words are how you’re perfect, you’d better darn well prove it. I also don’t believe it necessary to say how you’re a native English speaker, if your letter and samples are well written, your skills are apparent.
Do mention your real estate experience and your teaching experience. Your line about how you research and format area information doesn’t tell me a thing about what you do. Do you write articles about real estate or do you just research information and pass it on? Are you a writer? If so, that’s not mentioned any where on the cover letter. I would omit the part about how your sample isn’t relevant. This will be obvious to the client. You can say, “I’m attaching a sample to give you an idea of my writing style” and leave it at that. You can also say “I’m available for immediate work” instead of saying the client can send over work immediately – that sounds a little desperate to me.
Here’s my advice to you:
- Briefly detail your work history
- Detail your writing experience
- Tighten up sentences
- Remove information that’s implied
Let’s hear what the others have to say and a little later, we’ll update this post and turn the above into the perfect cover letter.
Oh and P.S. Yes, an email is fine for a cover letter – unless otherwise specified.