Aug 18, 2018 - 07:27 AM
The first rule of thumb is that if you have a reference within the company you applied for, then you want to mention that person in the first few sentences. Therefore, you may want to include a statement, such as "Jane Smith let me know about the open position and suggested I apply." In the event you do not have a reference, then you can make a good impression by listing a noteworthy accomplishment. This achievement should demonstrate how you provided value to a previous job.
The beginning of your cover letter should also express excitement at the prospect of working for the company. Finally, you need to personalize the opening of your cover letter for each individual position you apply for. The last thing you want is for the hiring manager to assume you sent the same letter to multiple employers.
Jan 08, 2019 - 03:55 PM
Do not address a cover letter to a recruiter—look at the job ad and see if it mentions who you would be reporting to. If you don’t know the name of the person to whom to address the letter, try to find out through a phone call to the company, or by checking the company’s website. You can also conduct research on LinkedIn to try to find the name of the person to whom you should address the letter. Aim to find the name of the hiring manager for the position, and address the letter to him/her.
When you begin writing <a href="https://www.livecareer.com/career/advice/cover-letter/how-to-write-the-fi
rst-paragraph-of-your-cover-letter">the first paragraph of a cover letter</a>, laser-focus on the first two sentences, as these are the most crucial—they demonstrate your knowledge and experience in the field; how you can benefit the company; and the accomplishments that are the most impressive and relevant. Try to think like an employer: What will make an impression? What will make the employer believe that you’re a better fit than other candidates? While you never want to lie, really try to focus on wowing the employer right from the beginning of your cover letter. When you wow an employer with a strong cover letter opening, you stand a better chance of having your letter read from beginning to end.
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