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5 Cover Letters That Worked

Tania Khadder | Excelle

February 23, 2010

Mistake: A Weak Opening

If they don’t get past the first line of your cover letter, they definitely aren’t going to read your resume. The opening sentence of your cover letter is a hiring manager’s first impression of you — it had better not be dull. Simply stating that you’re applying for the available position isn’t going to turn any heads.

The Solution: Give them a hook.

We’re not saying you shouldn’t state what job you’re applying for. We’re just saying that, when you do, you need to wow them with something immediately following. Instantly inject one of your unique selling points. Show off your knowledge of the company. Let them know how passionate you are about your field. Tell them something they don’t already know.

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