Business Analyst Cover Letter Writing Tips

A concise, well-written business analyst cover letter is a must when trying to obtain a business analyst job. It serves as an invitation to the employer to get to know your capabilities further. A good cover letter can open the door to the job...a bad one usually makes a quick trip to the circular file. We'll provide some tips for you to write a cover letter that will impress any potential employer.

Basic tips

Keep your cover letter one page in length. Even if you have a long list of accomplishments, distill the list down to its highlights. You can expand on your achievements a bit more in the resume or during the job interview. The chief focus of the cover letter is to provide powerful "snapshots" of your skills, experience and desire for the job. To help do this, try to use "action" verbs to convey more intensity. Don't just say "worked as a software designer," say something more like "I designed a popular business software package."

Start your letter with a block containing your name and contact information in the upper left corner. Remember to include your email address and cell phone number in addition to physical address and home phone. After the block, put in a blank line and then today's date. After another blank line, add another block with the name, title and address of whomever is reading the letter. If you do not know the person's name, put in "Hiring Manager" or "Personnel Manager."

After another blank line, write your salutation. You're now ready to start the letter proper.

Opening

This is the most important part of the letter. It's where you give the reader the "hook" to keep him reading...and to keep you in mind for the business analyst job. The very first sentence should be as powerful as you can make it. Express your great interest in the job and provide a taste of your skills and experience. It could read something like this: "As an experienced software designer with a solid background in providing technical solutions for business, I was extremely excited to hear of your open position for a business analyst."

If you are being referred by an employee or other respected source, mention this in the opening paragraph as well. Make use of every advantage you have.

Body

Here is where you flesh out the skills and experience you touched on in the opening. This section should be no more than two good-sized paragraphs. Do not just dryly recite places you worked or went to school; tell what you did to help the employer or describe skills you mastered. A bullet format is a great way to concisely communicate this information. Here's an example:

  • As a consultant, helped provide technical solutions for the Apex Corp that increased their efficiency by 25 percent
  • Have extensive experience in "trouble-shooting" business communications systems
  • Helped to streamline customer interface for the Smith Widget Company

Closing

Wrap things up with a final paragraph that restates your strong interest in the job and thanks the recruiter for the opportunity to speak to them. End with a professional closing such as "Respectfully Yours." Double check the letter for any typos or other errors.