In the market for a new job? Have a perfectly polished resume that you’re sure will land you that next interview? Don’t forget to also provide a well-written cover letter. Starting your cover letter with this one simple sentence will increase your odds of getting an interview.
With so many people out of work these days, standing out during the application process is crucial. And one key way to do this is by writing a killer cover letter. But this is easier said than done, which is why 6 out of 10 people don’t bother to submit one during the application process.
Nevertheless, a cover letter is critical to the candidate evaluation process and HR Directors largely agree that they give preference to candidates who submit one. In fact, one study shows that 83% of HR Directors extended an interview to a candidate with a well-written cover letter but less than perfect resume.
Many applicants are reluctant to submit a cover letter because they haven’t learned what it takes to write a good one. So, when they do write one, they default to a summary of their experience and why they are a good fit for the role – information that is already included in your resume. When you start your cover letter, don’t talk about yourself but instead talk about the company first.
Try starting your cover letter with this simple sentence: “I’m excited to apply to this job because….” Your excitement will help them to be excited to meet you.