How to Write a Cover Letter If You Have Peanut Allergies
By Ryan Shattuck
To Whom It May Concern,
My name is Edward Netzer and I am interested in applying for the Senior Accountant position. After reviewing the job description, I believe I am a very solid candidate for the job, due to my extensive accounting background of over 25 years of experience. I should also inform you that I have a severe peanut allergy.
Throughout my accounting career, I have established myself as an exceptionally successful and effective accounting professional, whose work is rarely hampered by my lethal allergy to peanuts. My deep understanding of accounting principles, my familiarity with federal and state regulations, and my ability to overcome challenging situations — like the time my head blew up to the size of a basketball because someone had brought peanut brittle to work — are just some of the reasons why I have thrived throughout my career.
My strong communication skills ensure that my place of employment remains productive, professional, and peanut-free. In addition to my accounting background and organizational skills, my ability to work with a wide range of professionals who eat peanuts — in the privacy of their own homes and not at work — has always been an invaluable resource to my employers. I believe that open and honest communication — as well as posting “This is a Peanut Free Zone” posters in the accounting office, marketing office, sales office, break room, bathroom, elevators, and parking garage — are the best ways to create an efficient and hives-free environment.
I’ve developed a reputation of being a team player. Throughout my career, coworkers of all backgrounds have always been understanding when I’ve asked them to refrain from eating peanuts, anything containing peanuts, anything containing peanut oil, anything cooked in peanut oil, anything made in a factory that processes peanuts, or anything made in a factory within a 15-mile radius of a factory that processes peanuts. In fact, I’ve rarely requested that co-workers who eat peanuts be terminated, but simply transferred to a different office.
My organizational and time management skills also set me apart from other individuals. I’ve often been commended on my ability to get my work done as quickly and efficiently as possible, while still leaving time for me to slip into a hazmat suit, question my coworkers on whether they’ve consumed peanuts in the past 24 hours, and throughly inspect the office for any traces of peanuts or peanut-related products. In a way, living with a severe peanut allergy is very similar to accounting. Both require an exact precision, a thorough attention to detail, and a windowless hermetically-sealed office.
I have attached my resume for your review, as well as a brochure titled “Helping a Loved One Cope with Peanut Allergies”, which you may find helpful. I look forward to learning more about the Senior Accountant position, and becoming a member of the Planters Peanuts organization.