“You had me at hello.” That line from Jerry Maguire is one of the most famous quotes in movie history. It’s a great piece of advice for writing your cover letter as well. I’ve read a lot of cover letters that begin with the boilerplate, “I am writing to you to apply for X job…” Lines like that are not helping your job application.
J.T. O’Donnell from Career HMO has some advice on how to spice up your letter in order to improve your chances at getting it read.
Journalists write ledes all the time. Use those skills in the cover letter.