Be Sure Your Cover Letter's First Paragraph Is Worth Reading


TeenaRoseBook.jpg Every line of your cover letter is important, but none more so than the first paragraph. A boring, generic first paragraph is almost guaranteed to make an employer move on to the next letter. Grab his or her attention right away with a few well-crafted sentences that tell why you are interested in this particular company and summarize your qualifications (which you’ll expand on in the rest of the letter). If you intrigue the employer at the start, he or she is much more likely to read the rest of your letter and resume.

This tip is excerpted with permission from Designing a Cover Letter to “Wow” Hiring Personnel, an e-book by Teena Rose. For more cover-letter tips, visit Teena’s Bookstore to download your copy for $27.77. You can also download a free 19-page excerpt.