The opening sentences of a cover letter are considered to be the most important. You want to open a cover letter in a way that entices the hiring manager to read the rest of it. We’ll show you how to start a cover letter that grabs the attention of the hiring manger and increases your chances at an interview.
There are a few things you need to include in the first few opening sentences of a cover letter:
You don’t want to go into your qualifications too much, you could just mention the number of years of experience you have in a certain position or a major career achievement.
You should also always show your desire and a genuine interest to work there as it’s a major purpose of a cover letter. Try to mention the company name which always catches the attention of a hiring manager.
Also mention the position you’re applying for. Hiring managers don’t want to waste time trying to figure out which position you’re applying for.
Lastly, always mention the name of a referral if you have one. Nothing catches the attention of a hiring manager like a referral does. Remember that 85% of the jobs filled in the U.S. are through some sort of referral.
We’re not going to go into detail about writing a complete cover letter but here are some awesome examples on how to start a cover letter. (We wrote a good post on writing a cover letter here).
Follow these good example above to capture the hiring manger’s attention and increase your chances of landing the interview.
There are a few opening sentences you should avoid using which we want to mention:
This is just too boring and the hiring manager could care less what your name is at this point. If they really wanted to know your name, they’ll check the header. Don’t waste the most important real estate on a cover letter with “my name is”.
Okay, there’s no need to even explain this. Just don’t!
Really? Do you think the hiring manager doesn’t already know that? To go along with the first point, don’t take up this valuable space with unnecessary information that will most likely piss the hiring manager off.
Always make an effort to find the name of the hiring manager and address the cover letter correctly.
Remember to keep your cover letter short, concise and to the point. Use quantifiable achievements and action verbs to capture the attention of a hiring manager.
Now that you know how to start a cover letter, check out this post on how to end one that entices the hiring manager to invite you to an interview.