Cover Letter for Sales & Marketing Jobs
Imagine a situation where you are walking alone in search of an address, and could not find it despite having the complete details about the place. Then suddenly, you see a man walking on the lane, and you decide to approach him and get his help. And you are surprised to find out that you have already crossed the place you have been sweating to land there. Would not you thank the person for guiding you and showing you the right direction? In the similar way, when somebody helps you in your job search with a suggestion or reference, you should thank the person for such a selfless act.
In the job search, the person who has provided his/her suggestions or reference could be your friend, colleague, teacher, ex-manager, or a known identity from your field. Though the person may not be expecting anything from you in return for suggestions, still a few words of thank you in the form of a phone call, email or even a letter would make them feel satisfied, and probably encourage them to carry on their noble act for other needy people.
If you prefer a thank you cover letter against the phone call or an email, you will have enough time at your end to express your gratitude in words. You just have to follow a business letter format, which could help you in making the right impression and conveying your message.
Structure of a thank you cover letter
- As a thumb rule, start the letter by typing your personal information such as name, address, phone number and email address at the top of the letter. Format it like any business letter. Include the date and the address of the recipient you are thanking to.
- If you are writing to a friend, you can take the liberty and address the recipient as 'Dear and first name.' If the letter is meant to thank your teacher, ex-manager, colleague or someone well-known person, you should be formal and type 'Dear Mr. and the last name.'
- Do not make them wait in guessing the reason of the letter. Be on the point from the starting paragraph and let them know that it is a thank you letter for a favor they have done to you.
- State how their suggestions or reference has helped you in your job search. Talk about something that has brought significant changes in you after meeting the recipient. Express your sincere gratitude and appreciate the time and effort taken in guiding you.
- End the letter by informing about your next step. This could be your intention to meet the person again after a certain period, or call them to explain the result of an interview you will be attaining as a result of their reference.
Thank You Letter to Referrer
Tracy J. Nickel,
3629 Lena Lane,
Jackson, MS 39211,
Date: November 3, 2011.
Mr. Dave H. Suggs,
Baby Foods Ltd,
475 Cherry Ridge Drive,
Bloomfield Township, MI 48302.
Dear Mr. Suggs,
I am thankful to you for all the efforts you have applied in referring me to the Sales Manager position in ABC Distributors. The efforts you have put in writing the reference letter has got all the due respect it deserved. I am happy to state that it has helped me in getting the position I have been waiting so long.
I just cannot thank enough the fateful day when I got the opportunity to meet you. I would also like to give the credit to Mr. John Adams for introducing me to you, a gentleman I can look at as my mentor and guide for the rest of my life.
As I understand you have put your reputation at stake by referring me, I assure you that I will work hard and never ever let you down because of my performance. Every single decision I would be taking henceforth relating to my career, I will definitely inform you in advance, and seek your guidance.
Please drop an email or a message once you are back from your official trip. I am waiting anxiously to meet you and talk about the success I have tasted because of your favor.
Tracy J. Nickel
When you are writing a thank you cover letter to referrer, do not wait for the result. State your thankfulness even if you have started receiving interview calls. The readers will feel happy to know that their suggestions have worked, and you are experiencing a change in your career.