Use Action Words, Not Wimpy Phrases, in Your Cover Letter


TeenaRoseBook.jpg Your cover letter should show that you are strong, capable and enthusiastic. Use action verbs, not the passive voice, as often as you can. For example, instead of writing “I was the Department Supervisor,” write “I supervised a staff of six people.” You can find a list of action verbs on the Internet. Also avoid using phrases like “I feel” or “I believe.” Stronger qualifiers such as “I am positive” or “I know” convey determination and spirit. Select words that demonstrate your abilities and show your enthusiasm — and your passion — for your work.

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.