Sales Cover Letter: Examples & How to Write (+25 Expert Tips)

Understanding people is more important than anything else in sales, so it doesn’t matter what you’ve been selling up to now, it only matters whether you understand why you have been successful.

 

The reason you have been successful is that you have gotten across to the real desires, needs and fears of the client. You’ve done it once, you can do it again. All you need to do is do your best to understand them.

 

The same is true for your cover letter. It’s a pitch for your flagship product: you. With this sales cover letter guide, you will be able to focus on addressing your employer’s needs, desires and fears, instead of just tooting your own horn. 

 

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Sales cover letter example

 

Andy Parsons

91 Mount Street

London

SW1 4RW

07028613242

andy@parsons.com

 

John Smith

General Manager

EzSoftware

1 Link Road

London

NW9 2AA

 

June 12, 2021



Dear John,

 

As a sales executive with 3+ years of experience and a proven track record of exceeding sales targets in the SaaS Technology industry, I was excited to spot an opening at EzSoftware. My sizeable B2B experience gives me great confidence with negotiating directly with decision makers on large-scale contracts, and I believe I am ready to take on new challenges, such as growing your business in France and Spain.

 

At CallTiger, I have been selling their automated call software to all sizes of companies, from self-employed digital nomads to companies of 500. I have exceeded the annual company sales target by 17%, 25% and 22% consecutively. In the last year you may notice a lower percentage, but the company target was raised by 5%, and pound-for-pound, I brought in £12,000 more than the year before. I have been able to develop systems and optimise processes to aid not only myself, but my team in selling faster and with better customer satisfaction. Browsing through your website I have spotted that you are keen to expand in France and Spain—I hold the advantage of speaking French and Spanish fluently over the other candidates, having graduated with an MA French & Spanish from the University of Edinburgh. The near-native fluency will give me an edge when closing that someone trying to close the deal in Business English won’t possess. 

 

The track record of improvement and exceeding targets, combined with my language skills will allow me to excel in this role. I could not use these two languages (which I love) in my previous position, and this is my main motivation for applying. I believe this will allow me to engage with the position fully and set a new sales record at EzSoftware.

 

When would be a good time to have a meeting or a call about this position? I would love to tell you about the sales process optimisations I implemented to sell faster at ExCode.

 

Best regards,

Andy Parsons

 

Now let’s write your own sales cover letter that will be flying off the shelves.

 

1. Use a business header and a proper salutation

 

Standard business letter rules apply so: 

  • Align your contact details (incl. email and phone) to the right
  • Align your hiring manager’s details to the left
  • Record the date
  • Record the subject (i.e. the position) of your sales cover letter

 

Find out who the person dealing with your application will be, so that you can address your cover letter directly instead of ‘To whom it may concern’. If the job ad, website and LinkedIn don’t have the answer, do what good salespeople do—pick up the phone. 

 

Check against this sales cover letter example to make sure you haven’t missed anything:

 

Sales cover letter template—header

 

Andy Parsons

91 Mount Street

London

SW1 4RW

07028613242

andy@parsons.com

 

John Smith

General Manager

EzSoftware

1 Link Road

London

NW9 2AA

 

June 12, 2021

 

RE: Sales Executive Position

 

Dear John,

 

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2. Sell yourself in your sales cover letter

 

Princeton researchers have found that we rate trustworthiness of a person in the first 100ms of seeing their face. With time, only the confidence in our judgement increases. With text, people will usually give you the benefit of a doubt for the length of a paragraph.

 

Unless you start with ‘I’m very excited to be applying for a sales executive position at Company X’. They know what their company is called, they probably also have a system that lets them know what the application is for. Get to the point.

 

The first paragraph of your cover letter only has between 40 and 80 words, so clearly state your years of experience, and your most convincing selling point. That would in most cases be a proven track record of being able to sell similar things, or to similar people.

 

According to Retail Economics, there are 2.9 million people working in UK sales. That’s thick competition for the job you want. Be better than them. Don’t mince words, don’t placate, get to the point of what you can do for them. It’s the only thing they care about.

 

Sales cover letter—opening example

 

As a sales executive with 3+ years of experience and a proven track record of exceeding sales targets in the SaaS Technology industry, I was excited to spot an opening at EzSoftware. My sizeable B2B experience gives me great confidence with negotiating directly with decision makers on large-scale contracts, and I believe I am ready to take on new challenges, such as growing your business in France and Spain.

 

3. Display your sales skills and passion in the second paragraph

 

The second paragraph usually counts between 120 and 200 words that explain the most important 2 to 3 reasons for you being the perfect hire. In sales, numbers are king. How much did you exceed the sales targets by? How much did you improve year-on-year?

 

Number of units sold? Total turnover? Anything that will show you didn’t just stumble into that suit. With certain products or niches, it can be useful to explain your passion that drives you to work for this company, such as we did in the example below.

 

Of course, you won’t always be passionate about what you’re selling. Then, a good thing to do would be to explain how you’re going to make the customers passionate about what you’re selling, what angles you’re going to hit, and what problems you want to solve for them.

 

Sales cover letter—main paragraph example

 

At CallTiger, I have been selling their automated call software to all sizes of companies, from self-employed digital nomads to companies of 500. I have exceeded the annual company sales target by 17%, 25% and 22% consecutively. In the last year you may notice a lower percentage, but the company target was raised by 5%, and pound-for-pound, I brought in £12,000 more than the year before. I have been able to develop systems and optimise processes to aid not only myself, but my team in selling faster and with better customer satisfaction. Browsing through your website I have spotted that you are keen to expand in France and Spain—I hold the advantage of speaking French and Spanish fluently over the other candidates, having graduated with an MA French & Spanish from the University of Edinburgh. The near-native fluency will give me an edge when closing that someone trying to close the deal in Business English won’t possess. 

 

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4. Seal the deal with a call to action in your sales cover letter

 

The last paragraph of 60-80 words should tie everything up. Explain how your skills and passion will combine to produce outstanding results for your new employer. Spell it out for them. This is the last chance you may get to convince them.

 

You’re a salesperson, so seal the deal. Below, ask for a call or a meeting, justifying it with a discussion about a finer point of the job or your experience.

 

End your cover letter formally and respectfully, with ‘Best regards’.

 

Sales cover letter—closing example

 

The track record of improvement and exceeding targets, combined with my language skills will allow me to excel in this role. I could not use these two languages (which I love) in my previous position, and this is my main motivation for applying. I believe this will allow me to engage with the position fully and set a new sales record at EzSoftware.

 

When would be a good time to have a meeting or a call about this position? I would love to tell you about the sales process optimisations I implemented to sell faster at ExCode.

 

5. Use a proper sales cover letter format

 

Good salespeople can sell someone something with their flies undone and smelling like last night’s escapism. The best salespeople never let a customer see a single hair out of order. The same control should be exhibited in your professional cover letter format.

 

Sales cover letter length rules

 

How long can a cover letter be and what should it include? 

  • 1st paragraph—60-80 words
  • Main Paragraph—120-200 words
  • 3rd paragraph—40-60 words
  • Call to Action
  • Formal Closing
  • 200 words minimum — 350 words maximum
  • Half a page of A4 minimum, no more than 1 page of A4

 

Match the CV format

 

Your sales CV and cover letter are like your suit jacket and your trousers. Don’t mismatch them. They form a whole.

 

Choose a legible font

 

Choosing the wrong font, too fancy, too silly, or too small, is like slurring your words while pitching. Respect their attention span and choose a readable font like Arial or Didot in a size 10-12.

 

Use even margins

 

Space your sales cover letter by using 1-inch margins on all sides. If your cover letter is shorter than you’d like, instead of increasing font size past 12, you can increase the margins to 1.5-inch to improve the framing.

 

Guide their eyes with white space

 

Structure the cover letter with empty lines between sections and paragraphs. If your main paragraph looks too blocky, consider summarising something in bullet points. Avoid fancy templates with infographics, basic cover letter templates enhance readability.

 

One cover letter for one job

 

You can not apply for a sales job without researching the company. And once you’ve done that, you are very well-equipped to write a cover letter that will match their values and expectations. So tailor one letter for one job.

 

Save as PDF

 

One last cover letter tip. Save your letter in the PDF format to protect your formatting, unless specified otherwise.

 

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