The Ridiculously Short Cover Letter Template Your Job Hunt Needs
Everyone hates writing cover letters. Everyone. And hiring managers hate reading them. Why?
The average cover letter is crap. There, I said it. When most candidates write a cover letter, they convert their resume into paragraphs of lifeless, overly buttoned-up language. In the Twitter age of 140 characters or less, ain’t nobody got time for that.
Your cover letter is a chance to show off personality.
Your cover letter is a chance to express genuine interest in a company.
Your cover letter—if it does both these things— is a chance to quickly grab attention.
Think about it.
You’re a hiring manager working through a pile of “I am writing in response to blah-blah-blah…” messages, when suddenly, you read one that shows you that there’s an actual person on the other end of the line. Who would you rather call for an interview? The actual person, right?
The best part of what I’m telling you here, is that you can cut through the crap in about three sentences.
Please steal this template and make it your own:
[Company Name] is known for [characteristic] and I would love the chance to contribute to this reputation as your next [job title].
The attached resume will tell you all about my # years of experience in [thing you do]—what it won’t tell you is that I’m crazy about [thing the new job involves] and creating [awesome thing resulting from your skills].
I’m ready to leverage my background in a role with a team that values [quality], and [company or department name] seems like the right place to do this.
Thank you for your time,
You could replace the first sentence with a blurb about who referred you to the company. Or fold in words and phrases of your own. You might stuff a short list of bullets about your skills in there, if you really wanted to. Or swap the ending for one that talks about when you’re free to chat.
Whatever you do, it’ll be better than the blah-blah-blah version you’ve been using.
Here’s an “after” example, with a few twists:
Pinterest is known for turning the digital advertising market on its head and I’d love the chance to contribute to this reputation as your next PR manager.
The attached resume will tell you about the 10 years I’ve spent in media relations across a range of verticals—what it won’t tell you is that I’m crazy about generating awareness in bold and meaningful ways.
I’m looking to join a team that’s not afraid of calculated risks, and your department in Germany seems like that kind of place.”
By creating a template like this one, you’ll save yourself time without coming off like a phony bologna that’s stamped a cookie-cutter message on each application you submit. Oh, and it pairs well with a concise resume.
The last thing I’m going to point out here is the relaxed, almost conversational tone of your new cover message. You’re emailing this bad boy. It doesn’t have to sound like an invitation to the governor’s ball.
Still have questions about crafting the perfect cover letter? Leave a comment or contact me 🙂