Transferable Skills Cover Letter Examples

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When changing industries, or jobs, it is important to include the skills you have developed that will easily transfer into this new position in your cover letter. Including examples of projects, teams, or training you've been a part of allows the company to gain a better understanding of your background and helps them to see the potential positive impact you'll make on their business. 

Transferable “soft skills” such as teamwork, creative thinking, critical thinking, communication, flexibility, and problem-solving are particularly important to mention when you either a) lack much professional work experience; or b) are transitioning to a new career where you haven’t yet developed industry-specific job skills (also known as “hard skills”).

Remember, the following cover letter examples are merely guides. It is important to tailor the letter to fit your situation and the job for which you're applying.

Transferable Sales Skills Cover Letter Example #1: College Student or Recent Graduate

If you are a current college student or recent graduate, you will definitely want to emphasize the transferable “soft skills” (like leadership, attention to detail, or communication) that many employers seek in entry-level personnel.

This is a transferable sales skill cover letter example for a college student or recent grad. Download the cover letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

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Transferable Sales Skills Cover Letter (Text Version)

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email 

Date
Dear Hiring Manager,

In reviewing your corporate website, I was excited to learn about your management training program. Please consider the attached resume as a sign of my very deep interest in becoming an Intern in this exciting program.

During my undergraduate studies in Business Administration at ABC College, I have enjoyed the opportunity to explore subjects including retail merchandising, customer service strategies, and business communications – studies which have inspired me to pursue a career in retail management.

To this end, I have worked for our campus bookstore for the past six months as a sales clerk, acquiring a solid knowledge of how to provide excellence in customer service. My duties in this role have also included merchandising, stocking, and inventory control.

I believe that as an Intern in your management training program, my enthusiasm for customer service and retail sales will become clear. I also look forward to using my leadership skills (developed as Captain of the ACB College Crew Team and Rush Chairman for my sorority) to learn how to motivate and coordinate store teams, with an emphasis upon honesty, diversity, inclusion, and safety. Other skills that will transfer well to this role include:

  • Excellent verbal and nonverbal communications talents, with fluency in both English and Spanish.
  • A demonstrated attention to accuracy in all cash and credit handling transactions, with the ability to quickly master new POS systems.
  • A dedication to team building and accomplishment, based on creating a climate of mutual respect between all team members, no matter what their position or level of seniority.

Thank you for your time and consideration in reviewing the attached resume; I would be grateful for the opportunity to speak with you directly in a personal interview. Please let me know if there is any additional information I can provide in support of my candidacy for this internship.

Sincerely,
Your Signature (typed letter)
Your Typed Name

Transferable Skills Cover Letter Example #2: Sales Industry

This cover letter example focuses on changing industries and emphasizes transferable sales skills.

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email 

Date
Dear Hiring Manager,

It was with much interest that I learned about your recently posted advertisement for a Sales Representative.

In various roles in the retail sales sector, I have developed strong sales skills that have enabled me to build a record of sustained sales increases. I thrive on challenge and change, and I look forward to new opportunities to build positive customer relationships every day.

I believe that as a Sales Representative for [Company], my energy, analytic skills, organizational abilities, and creativity in tackling problems will make a positive contribution. I am equally comfortable working independently to meet company goals, as well as collaboratively as part of a team. I have always been able to establish and maintain excellent relationships with clients and coworkers at all levels. My professional skills include:

  • Uncovering client needs and recommending appropriate products or services.
  • Selling solutions to customers and then backing up those sales with top-quality service.
  • Building relationships with co-workers, clients, and strategic partners.
  • Developing processes and strategies to increase referrals and revenue.
  • Accurately completing data research and analysis while demonstrating computer proficiency.

I would welcome the chance to provide you with additional information to supplement what appears in my enclosed resume and demonstrate how my sales skills will seamlessly transfer to the IT sales sector. I am available for a personal interview at your convenience. I know you are busy and have many applications to review, so please let me know if you wish to further discuss your requirements and my ability to meet them.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Your Signature (typed letter)
Your Typed Name

How to Send an Email Cover Letter

If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message. In an email submission, it isn’t necessary to list the employer’s contact information (as you would in a “snail mail” letter). Instead, begin your letter with an appropriate salutation and include your personal contact information in your email signature.