The cover letter example below is that of a human resources executive with over 18 years of experience working in the airline industry. The first paragraph of the cover letter emphasized the executive's management philosophy centered on mentoring and guiding colleagues to encourage them to excel. The second paragraph discussed his experience in more detail, including his responsibilities in his most recent position as an inflight regional director wherein he acted as a liaison for internal/external customers, management team members, and government/regulatory agencies. The third paragraph addressed the applicant's motivation and soft-skills. The cover letter ends in the fourth paragraph by connecting the application with the needs of the employer and asking for an opportunity to meet in person.
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As a Human Resources Executive with more than 18 years of service in the airline industry, one of my primary goals has been to follow the advice of Henry Kissinger, "The task of a leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been." As you will soon learn, one of my greatest strengths is mentoring and guiding my colleagues so they may reach great professional heights. I truly believe in mentoring my colleagues so they can be catalysts in delivering impressive results.
In 1987, I joined Southwest Airlines, Inc. and advanced through positions of increased authority and decision-making, to a final position as an Inflight Regional Director, and have been a valuable resource and critical link between internal/external customers, management team members, and government/regulatory agencies. In my most recent position, I directed human resources activities at 7 locations comprised of 8,639 airline professionals. My 18-year career has afforded me the opportunity to gain a wealth of human resources management knowledge, and after an amazing partnership with a wonderful company, I have decided to explore additional opportunities.
I am most interested in a position that offers additional opportunities for advancement, a chance to continue to mentor and guide my colleagues, and the ability to use my rich mix of skills. I am an extremely strong manager who is vision driven, intelligent, intuitive, and extremely tenacious! I am considered "sharp as a tack" by those who know me, and I know that as a member of your executive team, I can add tremendous value to your organization.
If you believe my qualifications and experience would greatly contribute to your organizational goals, I would welcome an opportunity to meet with you to discuss my qualifications and candidacy in detail.