7 Steps to Writing an Amazing Cover Letter
Cover letters, like cakes, come in different flavors. Some are
as predictable as plain vanilla. Others catch the hiring
manager by surprise—like fresh strawberries under a layer of
If you'd like to surprise the employer ready to fill the job
you want, learn to write a cover letter that brings a smile
and a nod of recognition that you're the one he or she has
been waiting for.
Here's a no-fail recipe that will give your cover letter the
Express yourself in a clear and friendly manner, using words
that draw in the reader and compel him or her to read from top
to bottom without a pause.
Write as though you were sitting together over a cup of
1. Greet the hiring manager by name whenever possible
(not Dear Sir or Madam).
2. Create an attention-getting headline, such as:
Available Immediately: A Sales Manager Who Manages––And
3. Write one or two sentences about your work
experience. Pick something unique. "I expanded my sales
territory by 30% without leaving my office." He or she can
read more in your resume.
4. Request an interview, providing a selection of
available dates and times.
5. Include your contact information—especially your
cell phone number so you can be reached around the clock. Make
sure your voice mail message is professional.
6. Thank the hiring manager for reading your letter,
making it clear that you understand he has many to choose
7. Sign your name and then add a P.S. in a positive
tone. Example: "Looking forward to shaking your hand in
A well-written cover letter that commands attention may bring
you a quick reply––offering you an interview and perhaps the job
Author: Jimmy Sweeney
is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the new, Amazing Cover Letters Creator.