Two key questions you MUST
address in your letter:
1) Why are you sending your resume?
2) What value can you offer?
I. First paragraph: what job are you
II. Why are you UNIQUELY qualified?
III. Where can s/he find more
information about you?
• DO get to the point QUICKLY!
• DO focus on YOUR value and how it
relates to the employer’s needs.
• DO make it short. No longer than 200
• DON’T oversell yourself (“I am the
• DON’T be cheesy (“Your search is
• DON’T ramble. Get to the point!
I am writing to apply for the position of Financial
Editor/Blogger that you are currently advertising on
behalf of your client. My background in financial
journalism at both CNN International and CNBC
Asia, financial services at E*TRADE in the Silicon
Valley and fluency in Mandarin Chinese are all
ideally suited to meet the challenges of this position.
I have lived, studied and worked extensively
throughout North Asia and Greater China in
particular. As a journalist in both traditional and
new media, I have covered the region’s financial
markets and economics for many years. I also did
extensive research on the subject of Chinese
economic development and international relations
during my 2004 graduate studies at the University of
Thank you in advance for your consideration of my
candidacy for this exciting position. For more
information about my background, including
samples of my past work, I have an
online portfolio available at www.ericolander.com.
I look forward to talking with you soon.