Play It Straight With Your Cover Letter

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Obviously, you want your cover letter to get the employer’s attention. But not all attention is good. For instance, you don’t want your letter to be passed around as an office joke. That’s the kind of attention you can live without.

So, when writing your letter, play it straight. Don’t try to stand out with tacky headlines that shout but don’t say anything:

Stop Looking!!!

DBA Available Immediately!

Instead, use a crisp opening line like this:

“After reading about ABC Company’s recent triumphs in the global marketplace, I’m certain that my diverse experience as a user experience architect can help you to maintain your positive momentum.”

In that one sentence, you’ve demonstrated that you’ve researched the company and can match your skills to its goals. That’s a pretty solid way to start off.

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One Response to “Play It Straight With Your Cover Letter”

  1. Good advice. I haven’t made it a practice to include photographs in my cover letter/resume package.

    The last job I had, which was a 60-day temp assignment, aside from the generalized resume I had posted online (which didn’t include any pictures), interviewing was handled exclusively over the telephone, with a request for work samples. Some of my work samples including directions for how to use the application in a series of YouTube videos. Some of the work samples were from inside a metaverse, and that drew comment and was apparently shared among many. The application was initially intended as a 3rd party scripting helper targeted for the open metaverse, so it seemed appropriate to submit. Part of the position was a requirement to thoroughly document the code I was to write.