I gave myself permission to try any and all tactics in the cover letter playbook, from throwing in a Beyoncé GIF to pretending the hiring manager and I were good friends.
Finally, 103 cover letters later, I landed on one that worked.
Within an hour, I had an interview request waiting in my inbox—and then another, and another.
Soon, my response rate skyrocketed from 0 to 55%, and I was scheduling interviews with into my calendar.
So I saw it all—the good, the bad and the standout examples that I can still remember.
As a result, I’ve become the go-to friend when people need feedback on their job applications.Telling the reader what you’ve accomplished and how it directly translates to meeting the company’s needs is always a better use of space than gushing.time.) When a hiring manager sees that, she won’t think, “How thoughtful of the applicant to remind me what I’m reading!You want to make clear what distinguishes you, so the hiring manager can see why you’re worth following up with to learn more. If you write a laundry list, it’ll blend into every other submission formatted the same way.So, just like you went with a unique opener, do the same with your examples.Even if you’re applying to your dream company, you don’t want to come off like you think someone entertaining your candidacy is the same as him offering you water at the end of a lengthy hike.You don’t need to thank the hiring manager for reading your application—that’s his job.” Her reaction will be much closer to, “boring,” “meh” or even “next!” Compare it to one of these statements: “In my three years at [prior company], I increased our average quarterly sales by [percentage].” See how these examples make you want to keep reading? Additionally, it makes you memorable, which’ll help when you’re competing against a sea of applicants.To try it out for yourself, pick a jumping off point.It could be something about you or an aspect of the job description that you’re really drawn to.