Cover Letter Opening Sentence Examples

How to Start a Cover Letter

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The first sentence or two of your cover letter are the most important ones. Recruiting managers have to read through a lot of cover letters, so you want yours to stand out right away. You need to engage the reader's attention and start the process of explaining why you should be selected for an interview.

This is a great opportunity to provide a quick window into your relevant background and experience.

How to Start a Cover Letter

Be direct. In these opening sentences, you want to explicitly let the reader know which position you're applying for.

Mention a contact. If someone referred you to the position, include that information as well.

State an accomplishment. Try to state an accomplishment from your previous job. If you can, show how you added value to the previous company you worked for. You might even add the job title you had ​if it is similar to the one you are applying for.

Express excitement. Convey your passion for your work, and your excitement about the job and company.

Use keywords. If you can include any keywords from the job listing, do so. For example, you might mention a skill you have that was included in the listing.

Personalize Your Cover Letter

When you're not sure how to get started, review these examples of cover letter openings, but be sure to tailor your introduction to your personal circumstances and the job for which you are applying.

The more you personalize your cover letter to show that you're a match for the job requirements, the better your chances of getting selected for an interview.

Cover Letter Opening Sentence Examples

  • As an Information Technology professional with high-level management experience in the IT industry, I learned that the best way to achieve success was to motivate the resources I had with well-defined objectives and empowerment.
  • I am very interested in the entry-level position that is available at ABC Investment Partners. I recently graduated from XYZ University College and my courses in investments, finance, and business have given me a solid base upon which I plan to build to build my career.
  • I am writing to express my strong interest in the International Marketing position open at WellCam, Inc. My colleague Janna Doling recommended that I contact you directly about this position, due to my years developing successful campaigns for XYZ Company.
  • I'm writing to express my interest in the Editorial Assistant position listed on Monster.com. Given my five years of editorial experience and excellent capabilities, I would appreciate your consideration for this position.
  • I have a very strong interest in pursuing a teaching career. With experience working at both the elementary and high school levels, as well as in activities outside of the traditional classroom, I have a diverse background with much to offer.
  • I have the pleasure of being acquainted with one of the Counselors on your staff, Eleanor Seville. She let me know about the open position and recommended that I contact you.
  • I was excited to read about the Administrative Assistant job opening at XYZ company. I have several years of administrative experience in a variety of fields including insurance and finance.
  • It is my understanding that you have been deluged with resumes since Computer World released their list of the best companies at which to work. Mine is one more, but I do have experience that is hard to come by.
  • My proven track record of successfully performing complex analyses on various corporations makes me an ideal candidate for the Analyst opportunity that you have advertised.

More Cover Letter Examples

Here are more examples for each section of a cover letter, plus samples of complete cover letters.

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