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March 29, 2010

Does Your Cover Letter Contain a HEADLINE?

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Does Your Cover Letter Contain a HEADLINE?

By Jimmy Sweeney , President of CareerJimmy and Author of the Amazing Cover Letter Creator

Every single day hiring managers all over the country open countless job search cover letters from people just like you who are eager to land an interview for a terrific job. And every single day hiring managers toss most of them into the shredder or the recycle bin.


Because they lack professionalism, personality, and pizzazz. They read like a page out of a business manual.

Think about it. You can distinguish yourself by starting out your cover letter with an eye-catching headline that will move yours to the pile marked, "Take another look."

In order to do that, consider creating a smashing title or headline that turns the hiring manager's head and compels him or her to read all the way through from the first line to the last.


When you're ready to write your job search cover letter, focus on the most important thing you want the hiring manager to know. Then create a headline with that information.

Here's how. Right above the greeting in your cover letter (Dear Ms. Jones), place your headline in boldface print at the center of the page. (Two lines maximum.)

Study these THREE examples of cover letter headlines
that are sure to bring on the job interviews.

  • If you'll offer me the chance to show you the reasons why I feel fully qualified to fill [insert job opening title here], I would welcome the opportunity to interview for this opening.

  • I'm ready, willing, and able to step into the position of [insert job opening title here] immediately. Please review my cover letter and resume to find out why.
  • I am eager for the opportunity to interview for the position of [insert job opening title here]. I feel like I am an excellent match for this position and I really admire [company name].
By creating a bold headline your cover letter will command attention and you'll be taken more seriously than job hunters that rely on the same old formulas. Watch and take note. You'll move to the head of the stack!

See if this strategy doesn't produce more results that lead to more job interviews--the kind you've been looking for. The kind that lead to job offers.

Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the new, Amazing Cover Letter Creator. Jimmy is also the author of several career-related books and writes a monthly article titled, "Job-Search Secrets."

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