Thursday, September 28, 2006

No Form Cover Letters!

Most cover letters try to sound soooo professional that they border on sounding like a robot. OK, maybe I’m exaggerating, but you get the point. Stilted language just doesn’t cut it when you’re trying to impress an employer.

Wondering what I mean by stilted language? How about:

“Pursuant of our conversation, I would like to apply for...” (Come on, that sounds like a legal document, not a rapport-builder!)

Instead, how about: “It was great meeting you yesterday. I want to jump on your suggestion to send you my resume.”

Get the point? Use a friendly opener that’ll grab the reader’s attention and hold it. And remember: If your letter sounds stiff as a board, your reader’s going to get b-o-r-e-d.

For some great tips on writing cover letters, check out About Cover Letters.

1 comment:

nancyresume said...

When writing cover letters for my resume clients, I prefer to use bullet points (like those in a resume) to list the applicant's qualifications that match the job ad's requirements. (Usually put in paragraph 2 of the cover letter.)

This makes it easy for the reader ...and the writer!
- Nancy