462 Home St.
New York, NY 25435
Mr. Ronald Smith
Senior Human Resources Manager
International Company Corp.
1 ICC Ln.
Houston, TX 78682
Dear Mr. Smith,
It is with great interest that I write directly to you about the advertised opening in your company for the position of Project Manager at International Company Corp. The prospect of working with such a celebrated industry leader as International Company Corp is extremely exciting, and it would be an honor to contribute the myriad skills I’ve gathered and honed throughout my six accomplished years of experience to your organization.
For the past four years, I have been working as a project manager at Domestic Business Co. with a tremendous amount of success in all aspects of project management, from detailed budget analyses, performance reviews, and overseeing and approving resource allocation, to coordinating directly with clients on behalf of the company. My success at DBC has been recognized on a number of occasions, including being awarded the ‘Most Productive Project Manager of the Year’ distinction in 2012 as well as 2013.
According to my research, International Company Corp. has consistently managed to increase its project load each quarter and strengthen its already laudable position in the industry. Moreover, an increasing number of those projects focus on two areas in particular: renewable energy and the economic revitalization of low-income urban areas. I have overseen a number of projects from inception to completion that deal directly with both of those endeavors, about which I am very passionate. In fact, I have direct experience with two specific projects wherein renewable energy and urban revitalization efforts intersected. In light of both my expertise and ICC’s recent endeavors, I strongly feel I would be quite an asset to International Company Corp.—a highly respectable company wherein I feel my particular skillset will make a real difference in keeping ICC ahead of its competitors for years to come!
Thank you, Mr. Smith, for taking the time to consider my qualifications and the potential value I would bring to ICC. I look forward to speaking with you further, and am available at (123) 456-0987 for any additional information or to discuss anything specific.
Once again, thank you for your time and consideration.
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March 11, 2014
RE: Director of Project Management Office, PMO – 9825, March 11, 2014
To Whom it May Concern,
As an accomplished information systems professional, I read with interest your posting for a new Director of Project Management Office. My experience, with roles as both project and program manager, aligns well with the qualifications you are seeking. I am certain I have what you need and that I would make a valuable addition to your company.
With over 18 years’ experience in global IT development and delivery, I am accomplished in diverse functions including planning and leading system implementations, determining cost savings, interfacing with C-level executives, giving presentations, and contract negotiations. I am adept at bridging the gap between technical and non technical persons and have a goal-driven, high-performing nature.
Highlights of my achievements include:
- Achieved $1.2M in operational cost savings over a three year time period through efforts to streamline operations, identify new solutions, and renegotiate existing vendor contracts.
- Improved system availability to 99.99% and customer satisfaction to 100% over three years by developing, implementing, and monitoring service level agreements with staff and customers, ensuring compliance and quick resolution of specific issues.
- Achieved $1 M in operational savings by standardizing development and operational best practices that were leveraged across existing and new clients.
- Saved $500,000+/year by designing and leading technical development of custom HR solution that provided a one-stop-shop for employees to access employee and benefits information.
My project management roles have prepared me for this position by giving me a foundation in handling a wide range of issues and objectives. I can quickly break down goals, establish scopes, and effectively manage projects through completion while exceeding expectations across the board. I know how to mediate conflicts, establish productive relationships, and root out inefficiencies to ensure optimal performance for the entire team.
Please review my attached resume for additional details regarding my expertise and career achievements. I would welcome an opportunity for an interview and I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience so we can discuss the position and your needs in detail.
Thank you for your time and consideration.