The variety of driving jobs available necessitates writing a cover letter that is specific to the job you want to apply for. Drivers work driving tractor-trailers, delivering local loads such as packages or merchandise from a warehouse and as couriers or chauffeurs. Customise your cover letter to meet the specific needs of each employer.
Read the job description carefully before you write the cover letter. Emphasise a few of the most important skills in your cover letter. Demonstrate how you have used those skills or developed them. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that drivers should be have good interpersonal skills as they deal with customers on a regular basis. They should also have initiative, a professional appearance and tact to deal with difficult situations. They also are able to work with little or no supervision in a responsible manner.
Highlight one of the skills in each paragraph in the body of your cover letter. Illustrate this skill with an example from your professional past. In the other two paragraphs of the body, discuss your abilities to work independently and deliver goods on schedule. Include examples of how you used the skills in each paragraph.
Tell the employer how you can benefit his company instead of how the company can help you. Be confident in your statement, but not arrogant. You might say, "I am aware of this company's reputation for providing delivery on time in the industry. I am an organised and efficient driver who places great importance on leaving and arriving on time. I will enhance the company's reputation by continuing its on-time tradition."
Proofread your cover letter for errors. Drivers have to fill out reports and handle paperwork, so it is important that you demonstrate good written communication skills. Look for misspelled words and names, typos and grammatical errors. Ask someone else to read it to give you a different perspective before you send it. Write to a specific person instead of addressing your cover letter "Dear Sir or Madam," "Dear Hiring Manager" or "To Whom it May Concern" whenever possible. Contact the company to find out to whom to address the letter if it is an anonymous job advertisement.