The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:
On a weekly basis any hiring manager probably receives between 50 and … well, probably hundreds of resumes and cover letters. The key is to catch his or her attention from the start; and the best place to do that is in your cover letter. So I am going to tell you about the worst possible way to start your cover letter—and then give you some creative alternatives to use instead.
Here is the most boring intro line because everyone uses it:
Please accept my resume for consideration of the (XYZ) position within your organization.
What a snoozer! Everyone uses that line; let’s see … being like everyone else isn’t going to get you very far in your job search now is it? No, it’s not. So you need to be different. But not just different—you need to be unique and appear more valuable than the average joe. Let’s take a look at some more creative and attention grabbing opening lines: