Aug 13, 2018 - 12:50 AM
The first two sentences of your letter need to act like a sales pitch. They should convince the reader to learn more about you as a professional. You can do this by focusing on your professional experience, recent accomplishments, and impressive skills. Try to emphasize how you can benefit this company and why you'll succeed.
Tailor your opening paragraph to the job you want to get by using keywords found in the job description. As you describe your skills and accomplishments, you can use the same language the hiring manager did to make your fit for the job clear.
While you have to pack a lot in your cover letter opening, you need to keep it short and to the point. Make your intentions clear from the start. This opening paragraph should read differently than your professional summary on the resume. If you simply regurgitate the same information over and over again, you will lose the interest of the hiring manager.
Sep 04, 2018 - 07:13 PM
You write a good cover letter opening by thinking first and foremost about what differentiates you from other candidates. While I have never done a study on who reads cover letters vs. who doesn’t, I will say that a well-written cover letter can be the key to a first interview. You wouldn’t leave your house with a jacket and no pants, would you? Well, a résumé sent without a cover is like the same thing. Even if a recruiter or hiring manager doesn’t read it, it should still be sent with the résumé. This is a branding package. You don’t leave things out of it. If you write a cover letter that does a great job of highlighting your strengths and shares compelling information about you, it will set you apart from others.
When writing your cover letter you need to grab the reader’s attention the right way. Give the reader a reason to continue reading AND look at your résumé. The first couple of sentences are your opportunity to set a strong tone and deliver your elevator speech – quickly. Think about the top two or three things you want to share with the reader, which will include your knowledge, experience, and how your skills will make a measurable impact. Make sure you provide interesting and relevant information about your talents as they apply to the role. Remember, this letter will be brief and if done well, address the needs of the job.