This is an example cover letter for an administrative assistant. The applicant Cynthia Said has 12 years of experience as an administrative assistant. She is applying to be the administrative assistant to the CEO of a large multinational company based in Germany. In addition to English, she speaks French and German. The company advertisement is as follows:
An established multinational service company is looking for suitable candidates for Administrative Assistant to the CEO. The person must be able to speak German and have over 8 years of experience as an administrative assistant, a minimum of two years to an executive level manager.
First, lets analyze the job and decide on the first sentence. We decided that the experience and skills gained working with a high level executive was what the employer was looking for. (All other applicants will have the ability to speak German) We open with:
In the last 12 years as an administrative assistant, 5 of which serving the CFO of a large company, I have developed the skills that ensure the highest level of competence, time management and confidentiality.
Next, we look at what skills the employers' needs in the job. We identified that they are looking for 4 key skills. They are, the ability to speak German, computer and office skills, meeting and event planning, and time management skills.
We will highlight these:
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