I Don’t Like Cover Letter and Resume Writing



I know that many career coaches enjoy it, but I’ve never actually liked cover letter and resume writing.  Lucky for you and me that what I do in terms of career coaching is so much more than wordsmithing.

I wrote this cover letter below for myself in about 10 minutes. Is it bad? Not necessarily? Is it good? Not necessarily? Will it suffice? Yep, because it is just a foundation. I can revise and update it as needed.

As an undergraduate professor of nontraditional college students and an internship supervisor with extensive experience in high-level operational and management of youth development and public health programs, as well as my expertise in supervising budgets and overseeing top-performing teams, I feel confident that my skills will significantly benefit the agency and clients. Additionally, I am committed to social justice, equity, and organizational wellness.

From directing program implementation and forging solid relationships to prioritizing employee engagement and staff development, to ensuring timely task execution, my background has consistently been characterized by my steadfast dedication to managing fiscal responsibility and achieving program objectives. My proven ability to strategically define and meet program goals, along with my strong communication and time management capabilities, position me to excel in this role.

I have spent the last 25 years of my career working on behalf of the protection, opportunity, and liberation of teen girls and women. I am experienced in offering trauma-informed services and which will allow me to provide leadership and training for staff working with high-trauma populations. I am an experienced researcher and trainer and have extensive experience providing information and resources to multiple stakeholders including government officials, board members, program staff, and clients.

Consider the following highlights of my qualifications:

  • Successfully analyzing and managing budgets, schedules, grants, staffing requirements, and general program tasks to comprehensively orchestrate all facets of ongoing program operations and success as the Program Director for various organizations.
  • Leading program evaluation and measurement and implementing data for program management and development.
  • Directing staff hiring, training, and mentoring functions while ensuring adherence to program’s quality standards and ethical guidelines.
  • Developing solid, trusting relationships with community agencies, academic institutions, internal/external stakeholders, and boards of directors.
  • Utilizing superior organizational, interpersonal, analytical, and time management skills to drive program efficiency and effectiveness.

With my proven success in program direction, coupled with my strong leadership skills and my tireless dedication to elevating program performance, I will certainly surpass your expectations for this role. I look forward to discussing the position in detail.

What is the foundation that you are building on in your career?

The On My Terms private coaching program takes women leaders through my 3 step Strategic Career Management career coaching framework – Clarity, Credibility, Congruency – with discussion and activities to enhance personal, professional, and leadership skills. Work one-on-one with me in the program to focus on common career challenges including mindset, confidence, job search strategy, brand development, networking, and interviewing. In addition to career strategy, On My Terms will also offer a safe space to question, vent, experiment, and succeed.



Nicki Sanders, MSW, supports high-performing women of color in social work leadership in developing careers that feed their hearts, minds, and wallets. As Founder and CEO of Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, her mission is simple – to eliminate toxic workplaces by developing skilled, empathetic, and goal-oriented leaders who have the vision, support, and resources to create a culture where business prospers, and employees thrive individually and collectively. Nicki has an extensive background in nonprofit management leading high-functioning, multi-disciplinary teams, volunteer recruitment and retention, and social impact programming. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life and career aligned with her values and purpose. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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