A project manager cover letter is typically included with a resume that is sent to a department director. It should show evidence of organizational, communication and leadership skills. A cover letter should demonstrate a knowledge of the company and its products and services and also show enthusiasm at the prospect of working there. The cover letter should expand on the information that is in the rйsumй and not just reiterate it. Directors are busy and do not have time to read duplicate information. Here are some project manager cover letter samples that you can use to create one for your particular situation.
Example 1 – Target to Company
This project manager cover letter example is from an individual who works as a project manager at a small software company. He wishes to obtain a position in project management with a larger software company that handles more challenging projects, has better resources and offers more room for career advancement.
Dear Human Resources Director:
My name is Tom Payne and I have been working for XYZ Software Development Services for the past 4 years. I started with XYZ right out of college as a systems analyst and was promoted to project manager 2 years ago. It has always been my goal to work for ABC Software Solutions as your system designers and programmers are some of the most innovative in the industry. Your gaming software creators are particularly talented and I would be thrilled beyond measure to manage one of their projects.
I have experience managing software development projects from initial concept through final implementation. I am skilled at handling budget requirements, labor costs, deadlines, supplies, scheduling and communication with all involved personnel as well as clients. Additionally, I am proficient at handling all of these components of a project at every phase, and I understand the importance of obtaining the client’s signed approval at each phase.
I have had a superb mentor here at XYZ who has taught me how to assemble and successfully manage a team of skilled professionals for a project. He has shown me how to identify specific talents and delegate tasks to team members according to their strengths. I have learned motivational techniques and leadership skills from him as well. The end result is effective management of the team and a successful project for the company.
I graduated from State University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in computer science and was fortunate to be hired immediately by XYZ. I have had the privilege of working with some of the finest programmers in the industry and learning even more on the job than I learned in college. I do, however, wish to achieve my original goal of working for ABC as no other software development company does the same level of technologically advanced work. My rйsumй is attached along with a reference letter from my mentor, Paul Harrison. Please feel free to contact me at 555-555-5555 or via email at [email] I hope I will have the opportunity to work for ABC Software Solutions in the future.
Example 2 -Unadvertised Opening
This project manager cover letter example is from an individual who is a project manager in the corporate office of a cookie company. She wishes to work for a larger corporation with more room for advancement and is sending out resumes and letters to a number of sweet shop chains.
Dear Human Resources Director:
My name is Suzanne Swift and I am a project manager with XYZ Cookie Company. I have been with XYZ for 5 years starting in the Public Relations Department right out of college. I have also worked in the Human Resources and Marketing Departments before becoming a project manager 2 years ago. Although I enjoy my job at XYZ I would like to find a position as a project manager at a larger corporation such as ABC Sweets, Inc. Over the last 5 years I have gained a great deal of experience at XYZ which I believe has prepared me for a more challenging position in project management.
The most recent project that I managed was the State Susan G. Komen Walk for Breast Cancer. We provided all of the cookies that were served to participants in every Susan G. Komen Walk in the State of Kansas. The walks all took place simultaneously statewide which required a great deal of organization. We took orders from each walk coordinator and delivered the number and type of freshly baked cookies to each location on time throughout the state. Although we offered a discount to the organization, we still generated revenue for the company through assembling a competent team and implementing a highly efficient process.
I have extensive experience dealing with clients and delivering the projects they want on budget and on deadline. In every position I have held at XYZ I have worked closely with clients and I understand the importance of superior customer service. Throughout the projects I manage I have met with clients at the beginning of each phase and to ensure that the clients and my team remain on the same page.
My resume is attached and I hope that you will consider me for a project manager position at ABC Sweets when one becomes available. I am happy to meet with you at your convenience. I can be reached on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or by email at [email] Thank you for your consideration.
Example 3 – Response to Job Postings and Classifieds Ads
This project manager cover letter example is from an individual who is relocating to a different city and is seeking a new job as a project manager. He is currently employed as a project manager, but is moving due to his wife’s job transfer and is answering multiple job ads.
Dear Mr. Robertson:
My name is Karen Walters and I am applying for the open position of project manager at XYZ Department Stores corporate office advertised in the St. Augustine Record online. I have worked for the past 3 years as a project manager at the corporate offices of ABC Toy Stores in Orlando, Florida. I have recently relocated to St. Augustine from Orlando due to my husband’s job transfer and promotion. We are settled in our new home and I am ready to return to work full-time.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Florida where I graduated Suma Cum Laude in 2009 and immediately went to work as a project manager at XYZ. My resume is attached and includes a letter of reference from Ms. Angela Morgan, Vice President of Operations at XYZ as well as details on some of the larger projects that I handled over the last 3 years.
While working at ABC I gained tremendous experience multi-tasking and honed my organizational and time management skills as I was responsible for managing up to 3 special projects simultaneously. I learned to identify strong talents in ABC employees, assemble a team of people with diverse skills and delegate responsibilities according to abilities. This enabled me to let the team run with their ideas while I kept a check on the progress ensuring that the team was staying on task, on budget and on target for the deadline.
I hope that you will consider me for your available position of project manager. I am able to work as many hours as are necessary to complete projects by the deadlines. Please feel free to contact me any time. I am available to come to your offices for a personal interview or I will be happy to participate in a phone interview. I can be contacted on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or via email at [email] Thank you for your consideration.