All cover letters should follow a standard format, but there are certain things you can do specifically as a project manager to make yours stand out. Our example cover letter for project managers and 5 expert tips will help you craft one that will have you landing interviews left and right. (Provided of course that you also know how to write a stellar resume.)
Table of Contents
- Project Manager Cover Letter Sample
- Project Manager Cover Letter (Text Format)
- Five Expert Writing Tips
1. Project Manager Cover Letter Sample
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2. Project Manager Cover Letter (Text Format)
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Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],
I am writing to express my great interest in filling the Senior IT Project Manager position at AeonIT, as advertised on LinkedIn. I am a PMP certified technical project manager with over 5 years of experience managing IT projects, as well as 4 years as a lead web developer. I am confident that my unique combination of experiences make me the ideal candidate for the job.
Over the past 5 years at Dolphin Software Solutions, I have used my advanced expertise with Agile methodologies and project management software to ensure the efficient and cost-effective completion of over 40 projects. In addition, my intimate familiarity with web development enables me to effectively communicate with and understand the needs of developers.
I heard on the news that AeonIT is increasing its efforts to expand globally. This is an area where I excel, having implemented Global Delivery Model which decreased costs by 20% and project completion time by 30% at my current company. I would be more than thrilled for the opportunity to provide similar results at AeonIT.
I would love to come in for an interview to further discuss how my unique experiences and long track record of successful project management can benefit AeonIT. You can reach me at [PHONE NUMBER] or by email at [EMAIL]. I can be available to meet at any time, provided I am given one week’s notice. Thank you for taking the time to look over my application, and I hope to hear from you soon.
3. Five Expert Writing Tips
1. Make Use of the Job Description
If the job description specifically mentions any particular skills that you possess, make sure to emphasize them in your cover letter. In addition, demonstrate how you can use those skills to benefit your target company.
Take a look at the following job description from LinkedIn:
Now look at how the candidate addressed this in their cover letter:
Notice how the candidate not only mentions that they have a required skill for the job, but also demonstrates how they used that ability to yield results.
2. Mention Your Experience in the Field
Project managers work in a wide-variety of professional fields, such as IT, construction, and energy etc. Showcasing you have experience or knowledge in the specific field of your target company can sometimes sway the hiring manager even more effectively than your project management abilities.
Emphasize how your combination of experiences makes you an asset to the company.
For example, our sample candidate mentions that they have experience both as a PM and as a web developer — they then further emphasize how that combination of experiences will make them an asset to the company.
On the other hand, if you lack experience in your target company’s field, place more emphasis on your excellence in project management. Do this by demonstrating your knowledge of management methodologies, software, and your success completing projects.
3. Give Details About Your Soft Skills
A cover letter gives you the ability to properly describe your soft skills. While on a resume you may only have space to write “communication skills,” in your cover letter you can give details to prove those skills and show how you have used them to achieve great things.
Here the candidate elaborates on the nature of their communication skills. Specifically, they mention their ability to communicate with the developers in their team.
Many projects fail due to poor communication between departments. As such, any project manager who can prove they have effective communication skills is going to have an instant advantage over other candidates. Make it so in your cover letter.
4. Tell Your Target Company What You Can Do for Them
Don’t make your cover letter all about you. While it’s important to express your enthusiasm and strong desire to work at your target company, you also need to demonstrate what you will bring to the table.
Research the company beforehand and familiarize yourself with their products and practices. Try to find out what projects they’ve been working on recently, and tell them how you’d like to help them further those projects and achieve future goals.
Highlighted in yellow is the company’s current undertaking, and the green is the candidate showcasing they have the knowledge and skills necessary to help complete this endeavor. Try to find something your target company is doing where your skillset makes you an asset, and then tell them exactly what you could do to help achieve their goals if you were an employee!
5. Clarify Your Achievements With Quantification (Numbers)
In project management, results are everything. And the most effective way to display those results is with numbers. Quantifying the results of your actions at previous companies will clearly and effectivelycommunicate your abilities to the hiring manager. As such, every time you have the opportunity to include numbers — do it.
Take at look at how much the candidate quantified in their cover letter:
The candidate clearly presents how much experience they have, the number of projects they’ve completed, and the concrete results of their actions — all through quantification. Had they simply written, “decreased costs and project completion time,” or “completion of many projects,” their cover letter would be far less compelling.
Adding specific numbers to your cover letter makes your accomplishments seem more impressive, and effectively communicates the extent of your abilities to the hiring manager. Both of which will compel the hiring manager to turn the page and check out your resume.
Having a great cover letter is only one half of the equation. Having a great resume will give you the full package.
Remember that your project management cover letter is the first thing the hiring manager will see. Following these tips will ensure that your first impression is a good one.
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Project Managers oversee the planning, implementation, and tracking of a short-term projects that have a beginning, an end, and specified deliverables.
The cover letter is essentially a more polite version of a candidate’s resume because it lists all of his or her accomplishments and experience while also allowing him or her to be properly introduced to a prospective employer. That’s why it is so important that your cover letter is friendly but professional and that it provides an accurate snapshot of your career thus far.
A sample cover letter for a Project Manager which accurately lists the skills and experience required for this position appears below. Also, be sure to check out our extensive Project Manager resume samples.
Dear Mr. Dustin Briggs:
With a proven background directing Project Management, Process Analysis, Leadership Development, Technical Operations, Data Analysis, and Compliance activities for a top Fortune 500 organization, I have delivered quality solutions with a focus on exceptional client service. I posses a record of success analyzing business operations, then designing and instituting process improvements that work to increase efficiency and reduce costs.
I possess expert skills in problem resolution, planning, monitoring, reporting, resource management, quality, and risk management as well as serving as a reputable change agent. Consistently delivering technology integration projects on time and on budget, I have a strong background leading virtual teams with a track record of high client satisfaction. I offer proven success identifying and resolving project constraints, resulting in 100% on-time and on-budget delivery.
My leadership style focuses on engaging team members to communicate, dynamically solve problems and deliver the highest quality solutions. I am currently seeking to provide your organization with the above skills in a Project Manager role.
A sample of key contributions includes:
- Achieved implementation of a Right Placement Program operations model, including yearly assessments evaluating 1100 software applications. Identified a transition of 35 applications to a Managed Services model, resulting in $8M cost savings for 2009.
- Established significant expense reductions of $10M cost savings in 2008 and $4.2M in 2009 through identification, analysis, and coordinating High Cost Contractor transition to lower cost providers.
- Achieved Director’s Award for superior performance on 2003 Audit Team. Brought the Cards IT organization into compliance with newly released policy by completing gap analysis and remediation work for 4 of 13 management areas. Created Quality Assurance tests, resulting in a Satisfactory OCC Audit rating.
Please accept this letter and enclosed resume as an introduction to my skills and background. For a more detailed presentation of my offerings, feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience to schedule a conference. Thank you in advance for your consideration and I look forward to our conversation.
Raymond Collier, MBA