How can I highlight my achievements in a cover letter?

Question

What is an easy format to use to showcase my work in a cover letter? I want to make sure that my strengths are easy to understand in a quick scan.

Answer

Here is a very simple but highly effective format. The requirements from a specific job are on the left and my client’s matching qualifications are on the right.

The following table highlights how my background exactly meets your stated position requirements. What it doesn’t convey is my ongoing desire and interest to improve the culture and working environment for the business and technical teams.

Your Requirements: Timely and accurate reporting
My Qualifications: Managed $60 million gross to more than 35,000 employees in each pay cycle and $1.2 billion for payroll annually.

Your Requirements: Maintenance of payroll system & system upgrades
My Qualifications: Substantial enhancements to payroll system in both a technical role and as Director of Payroll

Your Requirements: Collaborate with IT
My Qualifications: Experienced in working on payroll systems with both business and technical job roles

Your Requirements: Work with HR, HR Legal, Labor Relations & SOX compliance
My Qualifications: Ensured business objectives and requirements met.  Managed internal controls, reconciliations, business and technology system security, and protected confidential information.

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