Great Resumes Fast » Cover Letters » 4 Goals Your Cover Letter Introduction Should Accomplish

It’s no secret that every element of your cover letter is important from top to bottom.  But the cover letter introduction may be just a bit more significant simply because it works as the bait to lure in your readers, encouraging them to learn more about you.  To make sure that your introduction does its job, take a look at four goals every cover letter introduction should accomplish.

1. Advertise Your Skills and Accomplishments

Advertising your skills and accomplishments early on in a cover letter works well to pique the interest of hiring managers.  This is because many are more intrigued by intros that start with:  “Searching tirelessly for a top-level executive chef with 20 years of restaurant, casino, and hotel experience?  Look no further!”—rather than: “I want to thank you for the opportunity to apply for the executive chef position.”

Candidates have found that managers respond more willingly to the creative introduction that lists reasons they should be hired.  Keep this concept in mind as you write your own.

2. Pinpoint Challenges You Want to Address

In the first sentence, you’ve likely touched on the second goal, which is to pinpoint challenges you want to address with the company.  But it’s not a bad idea to do it again.  You don’t have to talk about specific challenges in the introduction; this can be saved for later in the letter.  But you can touch on goals that any company in the field might face and why you want to tackle them.

Believe it or not, this can be accomplished in two brief sentences that read something like this:  “Every restaurant faces its challenges in customer service, staff and budget management, and food execution.  I am eager to take the reins with XYZ Restaurant and steer business in the right direction.”

3. Explain Why You’re the Right Fit

Next, it’s important to explain why you’re the right fit for the position.  You can do this by noting that the company needs a qualified candidate to meet its agenda, then list three or four reasons why you’re the qualified candidate it needs.

The idea is to get right to the point of why you’re the perfect fit.  No beating around the bush allowed—because hiring managers simply don’t have time to search for the message you’re trying to deliver.

4. Entice the Reader to Keep Reading

Finally, your goal is to let the reader know that your introduction is only the beginning and that you have more to offer.  For instance, by stating, “I believe it’s never too late to develop strategies that lead a restaurant to greatness, and I am ready to utilize my long-term experience, intuition, and dedication to get the job done”, you could successfully convince a manager to keep reading.

The cover letter introduction serves as the appetizer to a fantastic meal.  Don’t you want your appetizer to be great?  Well take time to carefully construct an introduction that has hiring managers wanting more.

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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast

Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.

What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.

You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!

I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!

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