Recruiters and hiring managers often receive hundreds of applications per job. If you are lucky enough to land an interview, make some effort and research the opportunity. Think about how this job will help you in your career. It's essential for you to know not only what you have to offer them, but what they can do for you.
While your passion and excitement for the job are essential, it's always good to have some hard facts to back it up. For instance, saying 'I have heard great things about your company, and I know I would be a great fit for this job,' is not very specific. If you find recent news articles or press releases which talk about the company's accomplishments, mention how that impressed you.
"I am excited about this opportunity because your values are very much in line with mine. I deeply care about giving back to the community. I also feel like this job will help me reach my goal of working in a management position, because of the leadership opportunities within this role."
"I have had my eye on new administrative openings in your company for some time now. I worked for your organization last year in a temp function and loved the atmosphere. Your customers are friendly, and you have solid procedures which are important to me, as someone who values detail and organization."
"I appreciate the mentality of your other managers and would be thrilled to join an organization that encourages collaboration, mentorship, and career growth. Our management styles will mesh very well."
"I'm interested in your company, and this position in particular, because I've been longing to get into the tech startup space for quite a while. I have researched the many options in our city and chose to apply here because you are disrupting a market that needs disruption. Your culture is top notch, and that comes through very well in your brand story."
"I have looked at your company as the leading star and where I wanted to end up for as long as I can remember. I know that this position will give me the further education, training, and experience that I need to be successful in retail sales."
"I identified your company as "the one" for me over a year ago and have been keeping my eye out for the right position ever since. I know that working here is the best next step to advance my sales career and I am ready to help move your organization to the next big milestone with my years of experience in both marketing and sales. I've been a customer for a long time now, and now I'm itching to be on the inside."
"This is the district I have always wanted to work. Not only is the community the right fit for me, but the role of a Spanish teacher is a dream for me. I love teaching new, and seasoned, Spanish students. Igniting or reigniting their passion for the language. I love making learning fun, and I know that your district values align with my own."
"I have heard great things about your company and I know I would be a great fit for this job,"
"I want this job. Aside from it being close to my home, this role aligns perfectly with my post-secondary training and long-term career interests. If you were to offer me this role, you would not be disappointed."
"I decided to pursue a career as a Landscape Architect because this is the career I've been wanting to pursue for as long as I can remember. My father is a Landscape Architect and introduced me to this field when I was a child."
"When I was in elementary school, I personally had a tough time with reading. I had a teacher who would take additional time out of her day to help me. She made sure I didn't fall behind. When I looked back, years later, and realized how important her role was in my education it really inspired me to follow the same career path. I want to be a reading teacher because I understand the importance of making a difference in a child's life. And, I am really good at it because I genuinely care."
"I really can't remember a time when I didn't want to be a doctor. I really can't recall if there was a specific incident that happened that made be interested or if it was just something that came naturally to me. Becoming a doctor has been one of the greatest achievements of my life. I have no regrets at all about my career choice."
"I was first drawn to a career in translation right after I finished my undergraduate degree. I was wandering the halls of my university, and I noticed a poster for a graduate program in Translation Studies. I had been looking for a way to use my language skills in a future career that would allow mobility and continued learning, and this was it! That day, I scoured graduate programs for Translation Studies as well as what career paths looked like for graduates. I found that a career in translation can be as global as you want it to be, and I could learn with each text and language pair. The career allows me to use my language skills, have the option of mobility, and continue to learn. It's perfect!"
"I have always enjoyed playing with numbers, analyzing data and situations, and trying to find the best solutions for complicated situations. When I got to know about budget analysis as a career choice, I immediately knew that this is what I wanted to do. This is a great career that comes with many learning opportunities. Budget analysis is challenging and gives a sense of accomplishment when your suggestions become part of a solution."
"I look for a consistent history in their work and personal life. Consistency is important because if they stick with a job, they are most likely to stay longer and be respectful tenants who pay their lease on time. Personality-wise, I have tenants of all kinds; however, the common denominator is consistency."
"I'm task oriented and self-motivated. I actually enjoy having a lot of work to do and challenging myself to complete my work in a timely manner. I also really like typing and the feeling of bringing a sense of perfection to the job."
"I've been an Autopsy Assistant for three years and have learned so much. It offers a mix of short-term projects and long-term goals. My organizational skills allow me to successfully multi-task and complete both kinds of projects and be successful."
"I have always had an interest in heavy equipment. As a teenager, I helped my dad on the job site in the summers and he would let me operate the smaller pieces of equipment. I guess you could say it's in my blood. I plan to be an operator for many years to come."
"I always wanted to be in an educational administrative role. I believe that by being an attendance clerk I can get closer to my objective. Also, I love the sense of responsibility that comes with this job."
"When I was in my first career, I personally had a tough time with learning my role. I had a training specialist who would take additional time out of her day to help me. She made sure I didn't fall behind. When I looked back, years later, and realized how important her role was in my career success it really inspired me to follow the same career path. I want to be a training specialist because I understand the importance of making a difference in someone's professional life. And, I am really good at it because I genuinely care."
"I did a semester abroad in Hong Kong during my study in university. I enjoyed learning with students from different cultures and parts of the world and was able to travel across Asia during that semester and grew personally and interpersonally. I want to help others be able to achieve that dream."
"I want to be a Youth Program Director, because I want to make a difference in the lives of the children. Unfortunately, there are many children in the population that are growing up without positive role models in their lives. I want to change that and continue to create a positive environment for the youth to grow and thrive."
"I understand that first and foremost, I am to be a reliable support to the executive team, department managers, and a variety of associates. In this role, it will be up to me to maintain budget reports and schedule travel arrangements for the executive team. I must also ensure that company records and policies are up to date and well-organized. There are many facets to this role; however, I believe that these are the primary responsibilities I will be facing."
"From the time I was a kid, I loved animals. I grew up on a farm and was taught to care for them. As I got a little older, I was taught how to give animals their immunizations and other medicines and helped deliver new animals when needed. I knew I wanted a career working with animals and have never regretted choosing veterinary medicine."
"I knew I wanted to be an audio engineer the day I stepped into a control booth. I saw the audio engineer controlling what everyone was saying on air, and I knew that my skills of having a keen ear would make me a perfect fit."
"I want to improve the structure of the school holistically, from staff relationship to classes implementation and professional development."
"A great job is one where I am excited about coming to work, and that's what I think this position offers."
"I would like this job as a dishwasher because I am looking to gain experience in a restaurant environment. The hours posted for this position work perfectly around my schedule as I am currently enrolled in part time college studies."
"I am interested in pursuing a career as an art director because I am passionate about bringing different people together to create aesthetically beautiful and coherent designs. I have many years of leadership experience where I have managed various artists and integrated illustrations, graphs, and photographs to compose art projects for movies, magazines, and blogs ."
"I have made a living through writing for some time now. I am creative, thoughtful, and expressive, making me very good when it comes to storytelling and communication. Writing makes me happy. I love the variety and the fact that it allows me to research interesting topics."
"I would be very thankful if chosen for this opportunity. The hours work perfectly with my college schedule and it would greatly help me financially. Also, the kitchen experience gained will be invaluable."
"I want to leverage my skills to serve others and support people in getting where they need to go. I am a very customer-focused employee, and I get a lot of energy out of working with others. Of course, I love to travel, but more than that I love to learn from the people I meet and the interactions I have with them. I believe this career perfectly aligns with my passions and career aspirations."
"I enjoy sales and business development. I furthermore believe that my relationship building and customer-oriented skills, in addition to my educational qualifications related to this field- and the courses taken in my studies, have contributed to my desire to pursue this career."
"I am not married and have no children at this time. So, I am pretty flexible with my schedule. If I had a choice, I would prefer the late shift, as I am a bit of a night owl. However, I am excited about the opportunity to become a part of this team and am willing to work where I'm needed."
"If someone had told me many years ago that I would have chosen a career dealing with addiction, I would never have believed them. I love psychology and have always wanted to help people. It wasn't until I really began to research the different types of counseling that are available that I realized the critical role that many addiction counselors have in the lives of those who are struggling with addictions. The more I researched, the more I felt like this is what I was meant to do."
"The part that really spoke to me about this position was the chance to combine both the research skills I gained from being an intern and my ability to quickly pick up how to use various laboratory software. This position will actively let me grow and learn from other medical professionals."
"The quick answer is that it is the only rotation I really enjoyed during third year. I had good experiences and good teachers on every other rotation too, but urology just felt right, in large part because of the urologists I met."
"I love working outside and with a team of people who are passionate about caring for plants. I have enjoyed practicing with my own garden and I want to learn more by working for your company."
"If someone had told me many years ago that I would have chosen a career dealing with addiction, I would never have believed them. I have always wanted to help people. It wasn't until I really began to research the different types of patient care related fields that are available that I realized the critical role that nurses can have in the lives of those who are struggling with addictions. The more I researched, the more I felt like this is what I was meant to do."
"I want to be an auditor because I love puzzles and mysteries. I love to find out the root cause of an issue or a document and know that I found the origin. It makes me happy to help a company be compliant with their financials and information."
"Ever since the beginning of my career as a payroll specialist, I have enjoyed working with numbers and improving the efficiency of the departments I have worked with. In addition to what I have heard about your organization, I have also done my own research and I have great interest and respect for the industry you serve and would love to utilize my knowledge and learn and grow my skills with the organization."
"I love working with animals, especially dogs and cats! I have always wanted to help with the animal adoption process. It's so important to find a safe home for displaced animals."
"I have always had an interest in the water, even as a child, I would help my siblings learn how to swim. Being a strong swimmer is one of the most important life skills, and it's so vital to start at a young age. I am really happy to be able to facilitate that knowledge and teach people how to be confident in the water."
"I want a career as a Bailiff because I (X reasons for having decided to pursue that career, such as passion for this field and why, e.g., my father intruded me to this career as a child) I have since acquired the necessary skills for this career, such as obtaining the relevant educational qualifications and skills you are looking for, through my professional and volunteer experience."
"When I was in private practice as a psychiatrist, the majority of my patients were suffering from addiction. I realized the great need and decided to pursue the addiction field. I am happy that I made this decision as I have helped others to heal, and have brought families back together. In addition to all of this, I have learned a great deal myself about forgiveness, the importance of facing your issues, and just how much perseverance we can have as human beings."
"I was attracted to a career as a correction officer for a variety of reasons. My father was a correction officer and, as a child, I recall seeing him come home in his uniform and showing a sense of pride. His job was to protect. After I left the military, I decided that a career as a correction officer would be the most natural and positive transition for me."
"I love kids of all ages; however, I would say that age 2-4 is my favorite. Preschool children, such as the ages you care for at this center, are so curious, inquisitive, and eager to learn. The attributes of preschoolers make it fun and rewarding to teach them the basics of math, reading, and socializing."
"When I was younger, I thought of becoming a surgeon. As time went on, I really didn't feel like I wanted to spend the number of years required to become a physician and then to specialize in surgery. For me, the next logical choice was to be a surgical assistant. I still get to be in the operating room and have a part in helping people be better, but I did not have to go to school for as many years as becoming a surgeon would have required."
"I love working with people. At one time I considered going to nursing school, but I just wasn't sure if that was the right choice for me. I visited some different healthcare facilities and realized how active the Activity Director and the aides who worked with her were in their patient's daily lives. I just felt like this would be a great fit for me."
"I want to get more professional experience to build up my resume. I know that I will have to sacrifice some of my social life in order to work, but I think this job will help me maintain a healthy balance."
"I wanted to pursue a career in behavioral health because I am passionate about helping patients create a positive and healthy environment to help them overcome mental health disorders. Last week I helped a patient suffering from alcohol addiction realized that this is what I want to dedicate my time to."
"Application software or apps are programs that perform specific tasks and help people accomplish something. They include general apps such as word processors, spreadsheets, and games, as well as specific apps including accounting software, educational programs, and business-specific applications."
"I would really love to secure this job. It would make my life so much simpler as this bakery is just down the street from my home. I am passionate about the type of products and quality that comes out of your facility and that would make me very proud to work for you."
"I have set my sights on a career as an Allergist as soon as I started medical school. Studying how immunotherapy works with the human body has always intrigued me."
"For the last 5 years I've been a Digital Marketer for the Healthcare field. With my medical background and personality, I knew I wanted to get into medical sales. This last year, working alongside pharmaceutical sales reps, assisting them with their marketing information confirmed that this was a role that I was ready to move to."
"I believe this career is a perfect choice for me because I have always loved writing and find myself as a very quick typer. I am interested in learning about the topics I am writing for others to read easily."
"I have set my sights on a career as an academic dean as soon as I began teaching at the university level. I feel that it will be a fulfilling way to compliment my career in Education, and is one of the primary reasons I completed my Ph.D."
"I have often been complimented on my relationship building skills. I like to get to know people and ask them questions about themselves; I find it's a great and simple way to start building rapport with others. I consider myself to be a strong relationship builder and take pride in my 'people skills'."
"Since I was young, my dream was to be an animator. The stories that I can tell through my craft and art are therapeutic to me, and I have a lot of fun at the same time."
"I love working as an underwriter because I feel that by doing this job I am being valuable not only for the organization that I am working for but also for the society. I get to use my analytical skills, critical thinking and decision making every day. The challenges that I face every day as an underwriter and the risks that we face is an extra bonus in itself."
"Growing up, I was always very involved in sports. I felt that if I couldn't make it as a professional athlete that I wanted to be the person to help train and rehabilitate those that could. It's gratifying work for me."
"I really enjoy the interaction with people and find no problem answering even the most trivial questions. I get a deep sense of satisfaction when solving problems or helping customers out in one way or another. I've always been a social and outgoing person so a job that lets me talk to and help people is perfect for me."
"I want to become a voice over artist because I have been told what a strong and unique voice I have, and putting my passion into each time I speak is what makes me happy."
"After spending seven years as a police officer, I started seeking something bigger, with more robust challenges, and various cases. I was approached by a friend who has been an FBI agent for many years now and, what he described as his career, was precisely what I had been seeking. I want to make a bigger difference for my country by serving a broader range of cases and people."
"I decided to pursue a career as a Bank Compliance Officer because I [X reasons for pursuing that career, such as a love of banking, and so on]. I sincerely feel the position I applied for is a perfect fit as I will be able to use my banking skills and compliance experience."