A good cover letter can make a positive impact when applying for a business administration position. The aim of your cover letter is to attract the attention of the recruiter immediately to maximize your chances of securing an interview. A well- written letter will help your application stand out from the competition by highlighting your skills, experience, personal qualities and enthusiasm for the job. Guidelines for a good cover letter are the same regardless of the type of post applied for so following these steps will give you a valuable opportunity to sell yourself for maximum impact.
First Impressions Count
Address the letter correctly to a named recipient. You should avoid at all costs a generic salutation such as "Dear Sir or Madam." Contact the recruiting company or agent to confirm a name, if necessary. Use the first line of your letter to state the post you are applying for and why you should be considered. For example, "I would like to be considered for the post of business administrator because my skills and experience match those described in your ad. Enclosed is a copy of my current resume, but I would like to draw your attention some key aspects of my experience in support of my candidacy."
Why They Should Choose You
The second paragraph is your opportunity to appeal directly to the recruiter. Tell him why you're attracted to the job, and why you should be considered for interview. For example, "As business coordinator with John Smith Contracts, I maintained efficient office records of all incoming orders and ensured account statements were issued accurately and on time at the end of each accounting period. I believe I can apply these skills in this more senior role with your company to bring added value to your operations."
Skills, Qualifications and Experience
Use the next paragraph to outline in more detail your skills, qualifications and experience as they relate to the new opportunity. Refer to the role profile or person specification when you're writing this section, as it is helpful to provide clear examples of where you match the role requirements. The recruiter is looking for evidence that you can do the job, so be as specific as possible. For example, "My experience running and dispatching monthly account statements is evidence of my attention to detail. My financial management qualifications also ensure that I understand the meaning of each statement and can be certain of their accuracy."
End your letter with a final confirmation that you are interested in the post and that you would be very pleased to discuss your application in more detail at an interview. Thank the recipient for her time taken to read your application and indicate any days when you may not be available for interview.
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Office Administrator Cover Letter
Office Administrators are found in a variety of organizations completing administrative and secretarial work. Common duties of an Office Administrator include implementing office procedures, supervising junior staff, handling correspondence, maintaining filing systems, typing, taking phone calls, taking minutes, making travel arrangements, organizing meetings and events, doing paperwork, photocopying documents, and collaborating with other departments. Office Administrators may be responsible for specific projects, making sure they are completed on time and within budget.
Office Administrator skills seen throughout our collection of cover letter samples include:
- Organizational skills and planning
- Presentation and communication skills
- Self-motivation and initiative
- Telephone etiquette
- Stamina and resilience
- Teamworking abilities
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills
- Multitasking and workload prioritization
- Project management expertise
- Computer competences
Beneath is provided a sample cover letter showcasing similar Office Administrator skills.
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Dear Ms. Billings:
Upon learning of your posting for an Office Administrator, I hastened to submit my resume for your review. As a highly organized and self-motivated professional with expertise in coordinating and overseeing office operations to maximize efficiency and productivity, I am prepared to significantly contribute to your company’s goals and objectives.
My background includes managing administrative operations and driving office efficiency within fast-paced office environments while ensuring adherence to budgets and deadlines. From preparing business correspondence and developing custom Excel- and Word-based documents to handling bookkeeping activities and maintaining equipment and supplies, I excel at prioritizing tasks, collaborating with management, and developing effective communication and organizational procedures.
Highlights of my experience include…
- Skillfully managing day-to-day office operations, communications, scheduling, database management, and special projects throughout 13-year career in office administration and support.
- Achieving reputation as a QuickBooks specialist and streamlining bookkeeping functions by implementing software systems to drive increased accounting productivity and efficiency.
- Organizing, scheduling, and facilitating regular company-wide meetings—including meetings with C-level executive staff.
- Excelling at balancing multiple tasks within independent, self-starting environments while providing top-level organization and communication skills and improving operational systems.
My skills in office organization, bookkeeping, and general administration have been finely honed, and I am confident my additional strengths will readily translate to your environment. The chance to offer more insight into my qualifications would be most welcome. Thank you for your consideration; I look forward to speaking with you soon.
Stacie N. Winters