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Recent Graduate

1234 Street Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80904

August 1, 2001

Ms. Cindy Smith
College Relations Manager
Hallmark Cards, Inc.
P.O. Box 123456
Kansas City, Missouri 64141

Dear Ms. Smith:

It was in my hometown of Bogotá, Colombia, that as a teenager I came into contact with Hallmark for the first time. Even though I was not aware of the vision, effort, and commitment of resources that had gone into the Mother's Day card I had purchased, I was a happy customer. I never thought to wonder about the logistics of how that card had gotten to that small store or why a company more than 3,000 miles away was able to appeal to me, a kid from another country, culture, and language.

Hallmark's aggressive market penetration in more than 100 countries and its striving to provide employees with a supportive and challenging environment to best develop and apply their individual skills demonstrate to me that Hallmark is a company well worth entrusting with my career. In addition, I am impressed and attracted by Hallmark's commitment to supporting the communities in which it operates.

In light of Hallmark's international interest, you may be interested in my background. I started a small business in Colombia, which tested my energy, creativity, and initiative. The business quickly grew to be competitive as a result of innovative marketing and operation strategies. I have since learned to speak English, obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from a U.S. university, and worked in several countries in varied positions, successfully adapting to both the people and management styles of these countries. Furthermore, in order to be better prepared for today's complex business environment, I am pursuing a Master of International Management degree, which I will complete in December.

It is my hope that my solid academic and cultural backgrounds, business experience, and interest in the international arena will convey to you that I have the qualifications to make a valuable contribution to Hallmark's efforts to remain the worldwide leader of the social expression industry.

I would like to be part of the Hallmark team that once helped me express myself through that card I gave my mother, and to take part in expanding the company to reach even more people all over the world. I would appreciate the opportunity to interview with you during your upcoming visit to Phoenix and hope that you will give the enclosed résumé favorable consideration. Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely, 

Jose Castellanos

Enclosure

* - You should use your resume's letterhead for your cover letter.

International Management

1234 Street Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80904

August 1, 2001

Ms. Marilyn Smith
Dallas Partnership
1234 Elm Street, Suite 12
Dallas, Texas 75270

Dear Ms. Smith:

I am writing you at the recommendation of Mr. Bill Smith of the Arizona Economic Council in Phoenix. I developed a very amicable working relationship with Bill and the rest of the AEC staff during the short time I was there. As of September 1, however, I will be establishing permanent residency in the Dallas area and am seeking employment in the field of international marketing/management. Bill believed you would be a good person to talk with about the Dallas business scene and where the best employment opportunities in my field are to be found. Please note my qualifications:

  • Advanced Education - Master of International Management: Graduated from "Thunderbird" graduate school, devoted exclusively to international business. Performed extensive graduate research and writing projects demonstrating my understanding of management, marketing, and finance on the international level.  

  • Unique International Business Skills - Proficient in German: Earned an undergraduate degree in German. Spent one year living in Freiburg, Germany, while studying German at Albert Ludwigs Universität. 

  • Demonstrated Organizational Skills, Technical Competency: I have a consistent record of achievements and honors. In academics, nonprofit organizations, and employment, I have always taken, or been asked to accept, additional responsibilities, thus reflecting my honest work ethic, skill in organizing work for expeditious completion, and ability to work under pressure. 

Enclosed is my résumé for your review. Perhaps you may have a suggestion or two of whom to contact or where to look. Aside from my search for employment, I would genuinely enjoy meeting you, as Bill has spoken so highly of you. Since I plan to make Dallas my permanent home, I am interested in developing a relationship with the city and its people for reasons beyond employment. I will call your office next week to see if you may have 5 or 10 minutes to meet with me sometime in the near future.

Sincerely, 

John R. Wright

Enclosure

* - You should use your resume's letterhead for your cover letter.

Business Development

1234 Street Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80904

August 1, 2001

Business and Technology Center
1234 N. Main Street
Pueblo, Colorado 81003

Dear Sir/Madam:

Leadership, strategic planning, market analysis, marketing, and business development skills are inherent traits that are fine-tuned through hands-on experience. For the past nine years, I have been using my business talents to help small business owners with marketing, labor issues, and legislative affairs.

As you will notice in the enclosed résumé, I have an extensive business development, marketing, and advertising background. I am currently the director of a destination marketing organization located in Manitou Springs. The advertising agency I operate provides media buying services, printing, creative services, and marketing research programs. The Internet service provider program I started has led to the development of a web site with more than 5 million visitors in 1997,and the traffic is growing. From 1998 to date, the site has had nearly 8 million visitors. Nearly $500,000 in sales was attributed to the web site 1997. We tracked a $115 ROI for every dollar spent by our clients since 1994.

My diverse business experience has helped me develop strong skills in verbal presentations, meeting planning, financial management, community relations, data analysis, and special events. As with all successful small businesspeople, I can be "the chief cook and bottle washer." 

I would welcome the opportunity to discuss how my skills would benefit your organization. You can reach me to schedule a personal interview by calling after 6:30 PM or by e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely, 

Kitty Kocher

Enclosure

* - You should use your resume's letterhead for your cover letter.

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