Resume Cover Letter For Previous Employer Drug

One of the the most important aspects of reintegrating back into society after a felony conviction is to obtain gainful employment. However, the stigma that follows many former offenders makes it difficult to accomplish this seemingly simple task. Even if you have the right combination of experience and skill, you still may have a difficult time getting your foot in the door. However, a well-crafted cover letter may help employers see past your old life and place you on equal footing with other job seekers.

1. Type your name, address, phone number and email address at the top of the page. This header usually goes on the right side, but you can center it if you prefer.

2. Place the salutation four lines under your contact information. Address the hiring manager by name, if possible. If no name was included on the job ad and you didn't have any luck contacting to employer for that information, use the phrase "Dear Hiring Manager."

3. Tell the reader the position you are inquiring about in the first section. If someone told you about the opportunity, give their name as well as their relationship to you and the employer. This is beneficial because that person can vouch for your rehabilitation, progress and character.

4. Describe your work, school and volunteer experience in the second paragraph. Draw from relevant examples to show how your knowledge and experience make you an excellent candidate for the job. Include experience you gained while incarcerated, but do not mention where you received it until the next paragraph. This helps decrease the chances of the employer writing you off before your explanation.

5. Introduce your felony in the first sentence of the next section. Starting with a statement such as, "In spite of my skills, experience and accomplishments, I experienced a lapse of judgment that led to a felony conviction for (crime)," will serve as an appropriate segue that separates the person you are now from your former mistakes.

6. Explain the conviction in the next one to three sentences. You do not have to include details, simply tell the employer what you did and when. You may include a reason, but only if it shows extreme circumstances that are not likely to occur again. Do not profess your innocence or bash the legal system.

7. Describe the steps you have taken to regain your position as an upstanding member of society in the next couple sentences. Include courses you completed, certificates you received, volunteer experience and counseling you participated in during and after your incarceration.

8. State your eagerness to continue the hiring process in the final paragraph. Reiterate how you can utilize your best skills to benefit the company in one or two sentences. Invite the reader to get in contact with you using the information at the top of the letter to discuss your situation or schedule an interview. Type your name four lines below the last section.

About the Author

Lauren Treadwell studied finance at Western Governors University and is an associate of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors. Treadwell provides content to a number of prominent organizations, including Wise Bread, FindLaw and Discover Financial. As a high school student, she offered financial literacy lessons to fellow students.

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Administrative assistant cover letter sample

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Marnie Smith

1543 Elm St.
Sometown, NY 11111
Home: (555) 555-5555



John Short
General Manager
Action Company
1428 Main St.
Anytown, NY 12222

Dear Mr. Short:

Are you spending too much time handling administrative tasks? Would you like to free yourself from tedious detail work so you can focus on building your business? If the answer is yes, then we should speak.

I offer a five-year track record in office management and administrative support. You will benefit from my following key strengths:

  • Computer expertise, with proficiency in all MS Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access).
  • Broad-based experience covering a full spectrum of administrative duties, including executive support, office management, billing/invoicing, payroll administration, customer care, account management, database administration, document preparation, travel/meeting coordination and project/program support.
  • Superior multitasking talents, with the ability to manage multiple high-priority assignments and develop solutions to challenging business problems.
  • A proven reputation, with a consistent history of exemplary performance reviews and recognition for driving efficiency improvements to office systems, workflows and processes.

I am confident that if you hire me as your administrative assistant, you will have more time and energy to concentrate on growing your business. My resume is enclosed for your review, and I will follow up with you in a few days to discuss your administrative support needs. You may also call me at (555) 555-5555 or email me at Thank you for your time, and have a great day.


Marnie Smith

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