Headline Atop Cover Letter Is 'Killer' Secret, Says Sweeney

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Place a powerful headline at the top of your cover letter, says Jimmy Sweeney, president of CareerJimmy and author of the “Amazing Cover Letter Creator.” “Just above the greeting in your cover letter (Dear Mrs. Smith), place your ‘killer’ headline in boldface print and center it on the page. (Two lines maximum.),” Sweeney suggests. He offers these three examples of first-rate cover-letter headlines — the secret, he says, to landing more quality job interviews:
  • Three reasons I feel confident I’m the candidate you’re searching for regarding the [insert job opening title here].
  • I have visited the [company name] website and believe I am a great match for the position of [insert job opening title here].
  • I would love the opportunity to be interviewed in person for the position of [insert job opening title here].
“By creating a stellar headline you are attracting attention to your cover letter,” Sweeney says, “and bringing it the attention it deserves. Starting your cover letter off with an attention-grabbing headline is a highly effective way for you to stand out from the crowd in a positive light.”

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