Avoid Boring, Cliched Cover-Letter Openers

BUILD MY RESUME

You won’t find any ho-hum, standard opening paragraphs (“Enclose please find my resume in response to your ____ vacancy.”) in our large collection of openers, but a reminder to kick off your cover letters in a way that draws the reader in is always worth repeating. That’s what Jessica Holbrook Hernandez does in 7 Examples of Fresh New Ways to Start Your Cover Letter. Hernandez characterizes attention-grabbing openers this way:
  • Entice them with the job title and some of your standout accomplishments.
  • Keyword-rich opening lines that demonstrate fit.
  • Highlight the fact you can meet their needs to keep them reading.
Here’s one we especially like from Hernandez’s article:
Cultivating relationships to deliver exceptional results is what I do best. Whether in a start-up situation or a high-growth organization, I have consistently increased sales and customer satisfaction through my ability to develop first-class sales solutions and drive professional excellence. Highlights of my career that may be of interest to you include: …

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