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Example #1
"(Past) I have worked as a Patient Care Coordinator for over five years, consulting with patients and determining their needs. I have always enjoyed delivering patient care with compassion and empathy. (Present) Currently, I work for a private functional medicine clinic developing care plans and coordinating patient-care services. This role helped me to expand my knowledge of program development while meeting unique patient needs. (Future) Now, I am looking to broaden my experience to include actively educating patients and working with an established care team to evaluate interventions. Your organizations' focus on care plans is one reason why I was thrilled to apply for this career opportunity."
Example #2
"(Past) I have worked as an administrative assistant for four years, primarily working in the automotive industry. I have always enjoyed greeting new customers, being helpful on the phone, and helping the sales team to keep their paperwork organized. (Present) Currently, I work for the BMW dealership in the south of the city, where I manage the front desk in the showroom. This role has helped me to learn more about the auto industry, how to approach high-end buyers, and how to keep myself organized in a bustling and open environment. (Future) I plan to grow my career and would like to learn more about sales. Your Sales Assistant position seems like the next best fit in my career, and it would be an honor to grow my knowledge with your dealership."
Example #3
"(Past) My background is in the hospitality industry. I spent many years as a Customer Service Manager, where I hired and trained service staff and resolved customer complaints. (Present) Most recently, I left my job as the Service Desk Manager at Hotel ABC, where I was responsible for a team of fifteen, including front desk agents and room service attendants. After two years with Hotel ABC, I realized that my skills and interests are best suited for the fast pace of the restaurant sector. (Future) After realizing my true passion is within restaurant environments, I set up job alerts for roles such as your Restaurant Service Manager position. I've dined with your restaurant group many times before and jumped at the chance to apply."
Example #4
"(Past) I am thrilled to have had the privilege to raise my children for the past ten years. Although being a stay-at-home parent took me out of the traditional workforce, I kept myself busy and relevant in a multitude of ways. (Present) Currently, I volunteer on the Parent-Teacher Association, where I facilitate the building of healthy relationships between parents, teachers, and schools. A lot of this work includes building online engagement for the school and putting together fundraising campaigns. As my kids are getting older and more independent, I find myself seeking more. (Future) I have developed exceptional skills in social media management, creating compelling campaigns, and learning the art of persuasion. These skills align very well with the qualities your agency seeks for this marketing assistant opportunity. I am ready to step into the next phase of my career and would be happy to apply these skills with your agency."
Example #5
"(Past) I recently completed high school, where I was valedictorian thanks to my high grades and dedication to the Students' Association. (Present) Currently, I am seeking out an opportunity to strengthen my leadership skills and learn more about the business and retail industry before selecting my post-secondary educational path. (Future) I am eager to start my career on the right foot, and I believe that this part-time seasonal retail sales opportunity will help to guide and shape me for the future."
Example #6
"(Past) I have worked in the consumer product industry for over fifteen years, focused on key accounts and business development within commerce and e-commerce environments. (Present) Right now, I work as the VP of Business Development for a large toy manufacturer. My primary responsibilities include initiating and setting up meetings to sell multi-million-dollar contracts to large-size retailers and big-box stores. (Future) Over the past few months, I've discovered my excitement for SaaS and Fintech industries, which is where I see a significant amount of opportunity. I wish to expand my business development experiences across sectors, which is why I am interested in growing my career with your company."
Example #7
"(Past) Initially, I pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, where I became fascinated with children's mental health, specifically the rise of anxiety, depression, and ADHD. Upon graduation, I interned at a school for children with behavioral concerns. The internship sparked my interest in education, so I returned to obtain my education degree. (Present) I have gained considerable confidence in my knowledge in the areas of children's mental health, emotions, and behaviors. Now, I am also highly equipped to begin my teaching career. (Future) I plan to grow my career, specifically in outreach-based schools. I understand that your school focuses on the launch of outreach programs for families in this community. Your mission aligns perfectly with my core passions, and it would be an honor to grow my teaching career with this esteemed organization."
Example #8
"I am passionate about helping people, which is why I decided to continue my education to become a fitness instructor. I am active and love to try any sport or type of workout. In my spare time I read up on the latest research about nutrition and ways to improve strength and flexibility that are accessible to my clients."
Example #9
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career in science, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."
Example #10
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful auto body career, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."
Example #11
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful nutritionist career, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."
Example #12
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career as a dental assistant, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."
Example #13
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career in human resources, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."
Example #14
"A bit about me - I love to travel, read, and conduct research. I am a recent grad from Columbia University and have spent the past 12 months traveling the world. It was the best experience that I could have given myself as I was able to learn so much from seeing how the rest of the world lives. I returned to the US just last month and have been actively looking for work the past couple of weeks. I am looking forward to getting into the routine of a career again."
Example #15
"I am motivated and excited about this new opportunity because I have always wanted to work events. I have worked as a baker for a catering company and I enjoyed the challenge of working in a fast-paced environment."
Example #16
"My name is Heather Smith. I am a Bacteriologist with a microbiology degree. My qualifications include four years of experience working for the State Health and Welfare Department."
Example #17
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career as a physician assistant, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."
Example #18
"In addition to being a swim instructor, I am also a teachers' assistant. I dedicate a lot of my time to educating kids on a variety of platforms."
Example #19
"I have three beautiful children, and we spend a lot of time at the ball fields and at dance recitals these days. We love cooking gourmet meals in our tiny kitchen, and oddly enough, I am a fantastic beat boxer!"
Example #20
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful sales career, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."
Example #21
"My name is Heather Smith. I am a Vocational Rehabilitation professional with a degree in psychology and a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. My qualifications include fifteen years of experience working for the state department. My experience also includes knowledge of various organizations that support human rights and civil rights for people with disabilities such as American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities and National Black Deaf Advocates."
Example #22
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career as a claims adjuster, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."
Example #23
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful admin career, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."
Example #24
"I have a B.A. in Finance from the University of Michigan. I have three years of experience in small business banking. My most recent position was with a small local branch, and I’m currently looking for a position that will allow me to grow into a leadership opportunity."
Example #25
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career in corrections, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local homeless shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."
Example #26
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career as a cardiovascular technologist, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community related to heart health."
Example #27
"I am proactive with a high attention to detail. My partners use to make fun of me for being so meticulous on reports. I am strict about following routine procedures and giving patients the best care within my means. My proudest moments are when I am able to stabilize patients in the most critical conditions. Last year I saved a mother and two children from a horrific car accident. Those are the experiences that keep me going."
Example #28
"A bit about myself - I have been a Patient Services Coordinator for 5 years. In addition to my daytime position, I volunteer at​ the local Children's Hospital, assisting in marketing and public relations for their fundraising department. I am originally from Montana and relocated here for bigger career opportunities."
Example #29
"Not everyone trusts easily. I believe it is better to under-promise and over-deliver. What I mean is, I would rather go above and beyond what has been asked of me rather than to tell a patient or coworker that I am going to do something and not follow through with it. Personal accountability is crucial in building trust with others."
Example #30
"There are several possible risks when performing arterial testing on a neonate. Some examples include osteomyelitis of the heel, nerve damage and hematoma."
Example #31
"I have been working in a plant nursery for the past two years and I have really enjoyed it so far. I was a biology major in college which led me to become more interested in permaculture and horticulture. I am a life-long student at heart and I'm always looking for ways to grow my knowledge."
Example #32
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career as a dental hygienist, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."
Example #33
"I pursued a Bachelor's degree in (X) at (X university) and upon graduation I worked as an Intern for [X company] where I was responsible for [X sales/business development duties]. Since this internship, I have gained considerable sales and business development experience working for [X company] where I managed [X sales/business development duties] and for [X company] where I was responsible for [X sales/business development duties]. These are some of the reasons I believe I am a perfect fit for your position."
Example #34
"In my spare time I really enjoy reading books about gardening. I also spend time in the mountains on the weekends, going camping and biking. I am new to the city and am looking for a grounds maintenance position because I love being outdoors."
Example #35
"“I’m really energetic, and a great communicator. Leading a team of four Health Information Technicians helped me build confidence and taught me the importance of effective communication. I’ve also got a track record of success. In my last role, I prepared our office for our annual inspection which we passed with flying colors."
Example #36
"I would describe myself as a hard worker, task-focused and efficient. Are those some of the skills you are looking for in your next Legal Assistant?"
Example #37
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career as an air traffic controller, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."
Example #38
"I pursued a Bachelor's degree in X at UCLA and upon graduation I worked as an Intern for [X company] where I was responsible for [X video producing duties ]. Since this internship, I have gained considerable experience working for [X company] where I managed [X video producing duties] and for [X company] where I was responsible for [X video producing duties]. These are some of the reasons I believe I am a perfect fit for your position."
Example #39
"I pursued a Bachelor's degree in X at (X university) and upon graduation I worked as an Intern for (X company) where I was responsible for (X transportation management related duties). Since this internship, I have also gained considerable transportation management experience working for (X company) where I managed (X management related duties) and for (X company) where I was responsible for (X management related duties). These are some of the reasons I believe I am a perfect fit for your position."
Example #40
"I have a diploma in Administration. I have three years of experience in Marketing, and Communications, prior to entering the education industry. My most recent position was at our local elementary school, and I'm currently looking for a position with a larger range of duties, which is why I applied to your high school."
Example #41
"I pursued a Bachelor's degree in Accounting at UCLA and upon graduation I worked as an Accounting Intern for [X company] where I was responsible for [X accounting duties ]. Since this internship, I have gained considerable accounting experience working for [X company] where I managed [X accounting duties] and for [X company] where I was responsible for [X accounting duties]. These are some of the reasons I believe I am a perfect fit for your position."
Example #42
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career in behavioral therapy, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."
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