Currently mine is stressing me out to no end...despite the application period not opening for over a month. I have written quite a few before but never for a job and in a company I could see myself with for 30+ years. It is in the sports industry so will likely be very competitive but they are taking on 8-12 individuals total and I have already contacted an executive in the company that would likely be my supervisor well before I even knew about potential openings. A month or so ago, I spoke with him for an hour or so on the phone and we have been in light contact ever since.
Do I reference this person in the letter or strictly those in similar roles that I have actually worked under? Should I mail him a hard copy of my application package once the I have applied online? I know cover letters have no need to be very long but is there any concrete advice any of you groomed professionals can provide? I need to do my best to distinguish myself from the other applicants...which I believe my internship experience, MS degree, and thesis and research work should help to do but I do not just want to restate what is on my resume.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Landing this gig would be a dream come true but I want to shy away from the cliche lines that hiring manager will read all too much of.