Here's a Resume Cover Letter that defies conventional wisdom about them, including some of my own thoughts.
Many writers preach writing short resumes that consist of 3-4 paragraphs at best with a few sentences per paragraph.
Generally speaking, that's a safe and good strategy as you want to be brief, concise and to the point when writing them However, there are times when a person has have to express their uniqueness and it simply can't be done in afew words...nor should it.
A good Resume Cover Letter can presell the reader on selecting you as the person best qualified to fulfill their needs; whether it's as a new employee, or admission into a college or university. The following letter is a good example of what I'm talking about.
Dear Mr. Garreth Pruit,
It was truly a pleasure meeting you at the Much Ado About Shakespeare event at the Langston Library last weekend. Our entire conversation was enthralling, but I particularly enjoyed the commonality we both shared of Iago's impish ingenious and his wonderful portrayal by Kenneth Branagh in Othello. You were quite the coveted commodity at the event and I have to thank you for delegating so much time not only to my entertainment, but also my inquiries regarding your opening for a research assistant. Until said conversation, I was completely unaware you were the director of the Shakespeare's Shadow Project.
As you recommended, I am forwarding you a copy of my resume for your review. Working at your side would be a privileged. An unforgettable experience that could provide the stepping stones I need to make my introduction in the Library Science field. As we discussed, although I am a bit lacking in credentials (as far are academic degrees are concerned), you will find my literary knowledge and enthusiasm make for sufficient substitutes. I will be sure to bring the passion only a true Shakespeare lover can and with your guidance and instruction, I should prove to be an asset to your team.
You requested that I be sure to mention a good time for us to meet in person again. Although I currently live out of state, I will be returning to Osceola next week to secure lodging. If you will be at all available between Monday, June 13, 2011 and Friday, June 17, 2011, I would appreciate meeting with you during that time. I can be contacted at either the phone number or email address below. It was a pleasure meeting you. Thank you again for your kind offer to take a look at my resume. Please contact me at your earliest convenience.