4 Goals Your Cover Letter Introduction Should Accomplish
12/7/2011 10:00:16 AM
By Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, Expert Resume Writer
It’s no secret that every element of your cover letter is important from top to bottom. But the cover letter introduction may be just a bit more significant simply because it works as the bait to lure in your readers, encouraging them to learn more about you. To make sure that your introduction does its job, take a look at four goals every cover letter introduction should accomplish.
1. Advertise Your Skills and Accomplishments
Advertising your skills and accomplishments early on in a cover letter works well to pique the interest of hiring managers. This is because many are more intrigued by intros that start with: ”Searching tirelessly for a Senior Scientist with 10 years of bioanalytics experience in biological drug development? Look no further!”— rather than: “I want to thank you for the opportunity to apply for the Senior Scientist, Bioanalytics position.”
Candidates have found that managers respond more willingly to the creative introduction that lists reasons they should be hired. Keep this concept in mind as you write your own.
2. Pinpoint Challenges You Want to Address
In the first sentence, you’ve likely touched on the second goal, which is to pinpoint challenges you want to address with the company. But it’s not a bad idea to do it again. You don’t have to talk about specific challenges in the introduction; this can be saved for later in the letter. But you can touch on goals that any company in the field might face and why you want to tackle them.
Believe it or not, this can be accomplished in two brief sentences that read something like this: “Every Biotech/Pharma faces its challenges in research & development and budget management. I am eager to take the reins with XYZ and steer research in the right direction.”
3. Explain Why You’re the Right Fit
Next, it’s important to explain why you’re the right fit for the position. You can do this by noting that the company needs a qualified candidate to meet its agenda, then list three or four reasons why you’re the qualified candidate it needs.
The idea is to get right to the point of why you’re the perfect fit. No beating around the bush allowed—because hiring managers simply don’t have time to search for the message you’re trying to deliver.
4. Entice the Reader to Keep Reading
Finally, your goal is to let the reader know that your introduction is only the beginning and that you have more to offer. For instance, by stating, “I believe it’s never too late to develop strategies that lead a restaurant to greatness, and I am ready to utilize my long-term experience, intuition, and dedication to get the job done”, you could successfully convince a manager to keep reading.
The cover letter introduction serves as the appetizer to a fantastic meal. Don’t you want your appetizer to be great? Well take time to carefully construct an introduction that has hiring managers wanting more.
About the Author
Jessica Hernandez, is a resume authority for the Job Talk America radio program and multi-published expert author for resume, career, and job search publications. She boasts more than ten years in human resources management and hiring for Fortune 500 companies and utilizes her extensive experience to support job seekers in their quest to move onward and upward in their careers. Find out more at Great Resumes Fast.
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