If you are having trouble getting a response from companies, your job search may be in need of some spring-cleaning. If you only have time to change one thing: freshen up your cover letter opener.
Many job seekers fail to realize that a cover letter is not just a summary of your resume. Why make hiring managers read the same thing twice?
The first paragraph of your cover letter, in particular, should grab the reader’s attention. It is the first thing a hiring manager sees, and it sets the tone for everything moving forward.
Here are some expert tips to create an effective cover letter opener:
Take a few minutes to brainstorm a few ways that you would add value to the company. Ask yourself:
1. Which skills do I have that are beneficial for this position?
2. How has my experience prepared me for this job?
3. How will the company benefit from hiring me?
Pick your most compelling skill or accomplishment and describe it in more detail than appears in your resume. Your opener just gives the reader a taste; you’ll be able to expand on your other talents in the rest of your cover letter.
Hiring managers are looking for job fit and company match. Make sure that your opener follows the tone of the job ad. For example, if the company is traditional, us a professional tone. If the job ad was written in a fun and creative way, follow the company’s lead in your cover letter.
Keep it concise
Your opener should be a short paragraph (around 2-3 sentences) that makes it obvious that you are the best candidate for the job.
For job-specific examples of cover letter openers, go to Resume Builder’s new Cover Letter tool. It will help you create an eye-catching cover letter that will help you find job success this spring.
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