Your potential employer will form his first impression of you as an assistant stockbroker based on your cover letter. Most employers in the financial and stock market professions sift through a virtually uncountable number of applications and resumes; therefore, your cover letter must be very specific and give them a reason to continue to the next page. This one-page document should serve as a brief but eye-catching summary of the resume behind it, so each cover letter should be customised to the individual employer to avoid the appearance of being generic.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Start a new document and create a header at the top left or centre. Include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Make this information stand out by presenting it using a bold, italic, or large font. Also consider using basic word processor graphic enhancements such as a header line or bullet points. Below this information, include the date on which you will be submitting the cover letter.
Create a double or triple space and, using left justification and your standard font, type the name of the hiring person, his title, the stockbroker firm name, and business address. Each of these should be given its own line. Double space and type an appropriate formal greeting: typically, "Dear Mr." and the hiring manager's last name.
Double space and begin writing the first paragraph by stating that you are interested in the specific stockbroker assistant position at this particular firm. Also mention how you became aware of the position. If you have a personal or professional relationship with someone within this company, mention her at this time.
Create a space and write the middle paragraph of your cover letter, which will include information about your experience as an assistant stockbroker, formal training or education, accomplishments, and any certifications or licenses you may have obtained. This information should be delivered in a written summary format as opposed to a listed format that you will use for your resume. Include not only a few points that display your knowledge of the stock market, but also how those skills and credentials make you the right person for the position. Use your knowledge of the stockbroker in question, referring to his accomplishments and skills, and show how you can be of even further assistance.
Double space and type the closing paragraph. Express that you would like to continue the application process with a personal phone call or an interview. Some applicants also choose to request a phone call and relist their phone number. Thank the hiring manager or head stockbroker for his time and consideration, enter a space, and type a formal closing such as "Sincerely." Follow this with a double or triple space and type your full name. After printing the cover letter, sign it above your printed name at the bottom.
Tips and warnings
- Carefully proofread your cover letter to make sure there are no spelling or grammar errors and that it fits neatly on one page.
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