Cover Letters That Show a Progression of Responsibilities
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Your cover letter doesn’t just introduce your resume; it should also pique an employer’s interest and entice him to read further – and look at your resume. If you’re applying for high-ranking jobs, make it clear in your letter that you have strong management skills and that you’ve been on a steady path with progressive responsibility as you’ve moved toward the top, recommends Indeed.com.
If you demonstrate consistent career progression, employers will take you more seriously as a management candidate, and help you make a move to a better or more responsible position at work.
Benefits of Good Cover Letters
If your cover letter demonstrates an upward career path, employers will see you as someone with drive, ambition and the focus to reach your goals. How you describe this progression can also show employers that you have a solid foundation to support you when taking on more demanding roles.
For example, if you show them that you steadily advanced up the ladder, taking on more high-profile roles only after mastering your previous positions, they’ll view you as someone who takes his job seriously and cares about living up to the expectations of the job rather than constantly seeking out jobs with more impressive titles.
Demonstrating Your Progression
Your job titles might not convey increasing responsibility, so you’ll need to describe your duties and achievements to prove to employers how you moved up the corporate ladder. For example, if you’ve held several positions sharing the title “manager” or “associate,” employers may think your career has been at a standstill.
Include specific examples of how you took on more authority or responsibility, such as managing 50 employees instead of just 35, or overseeing a budget twice the size that you handled in your previous roles.
Highlight Transferable Skills
When showcasing your increasing responsibilities, focus only on those that show how you’re qualified for the position for which you’re applying. Even impressive credentials can hurt your chances if they’re not clearly related to the job you’re seeking. Your letter should provide specific examples of skills, knowledge and accomplishments you’ll bring with you if hired, and that you’ll use to help your new company thrive. If you’re applying for a management position with a regional company, don’t focus on the fact that you oversaw an international expansion at your previous employer. Instead, note that you coordinated facilities in several states.
Consider the Job
It’s rare that showing continuous career progression would hurt you when applying for jobs, but it could happen. For example, if you’re having difficulty finding employment at the level where you were working, you might want to apply for lower-level jobs.
However, if employers see that you’ve been on a steady path of advancement, they may hesitate to hire you for a lower-level job for fear you’ll leave if something better comes along.
In this case, you may want to downplay your career progression, or explain why the job you’re currently seeking makes sense. For example, you could explain that your previous roles didn’t provide enough creative opportunity or direct contact with customers or clients.