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How To Write A Cover Letter That Recruiters Will Love


100 Replies to “How To Write A Cover Letter That Recruiters Will Love”

  • I like your explanation but what if someone has a learning disability? I have adhd and have a hard time doin it also I’m a truck driver. Any suggestions to make it easier for myself?

  • IMO this approach wasted the time of the reader. Most are too busy. When they see that much text it reads, "blah blah blah".

  • "Connecting on a personal level" may work on one out of every 12 applications you complete.  And it actually sounds like a LOT of "blah blah" to me.  It also seems impossible to be able to "tweak and reuse" for different employers.  No expert I've seen has EVER shown an example of an attention-grabbing cover letter.  Why not?????

  • What about professional impact rather than emotional one? some traditional office jobs, especially finance/accountancy/audit/law are very strict in formatting and content, aren't they?There is no way you can impress private hedge fund/investment firms with any type of personal connection to them (not tp mention recruiters off-house who will have no clue what you are talking about) more likely you would never even know what company is exactly doing and who their clients are…

  • It seems all of these videos are aimed at people who are applying for jobs in business and sales. Like others mentioned, sometimes there is little to connect with. Not all of us are super outgoing people. I am anti BS.
    I find it painful to do cover letters. I am always worried I sound much better in the cover letter than I seem in person. I am just not a talkative person when first meeting someone. I am doing my best however.

  • God this is such a breath of fresh air, why does no one tell you this?! I have been to several career councilors (albeit at university but still) and I have ALWAYS gotten the same bland advice. So happy I found this, kicking myself for not looking elsewhere for advice.

  • I have been unable to obtain an interview for about five months. This is with professional help through my college. I created a disruptive cover letter, submitted a fully completed online application, and I was contacted for a telephone interview today!!! Thank you so much!!!

  • Is a letter of application the same as a cover letter? I really want to work at my college but they need a letter of application. I do not have any knowledge of how to write one.

  • Are we talking about an online response cover letter or a snail mail cover letter accompanying a resume? I'm sure the temptation is to answer "either", but it would help to know which these days is more conducive to getting seen so as to allow these content tricks have any effect. The old "tree falling in the woods" conundrum.

  • I followed this advice and got interviews at all the places I applied 🙂 I was applying for healthcare-related roles in hospitals where a lot of the hiring in values-based so this method really did work a treat. Thank you for the video!

  • Honestly, this cover letter thing is pissing me off. Ok, I need a job and I open a job offering site with tens of job opportunities. Normally I'll send my CV to almost of them that I find attractive or easy, or to my liking. I'm no "Jack of all trade" so it's practically impossible to have a personal experience with a company or an out-let offering a job. So, in a nutshell, each cover letter is 99.99% lies or an exaggeration of our actual abilities. Forget about the cover letter and invite me for a trial – FINISH!

  • This particular video has helped me more than any other! Disruptive cover letters have helped me get interviews for almost every job i've applied to!! Before watching this I felt like an invisible loser, even though I have a master degree!! Thank you very much for giving me a chance to speak with the companies that will jumpstart my career in environmental science!!!!

  • Well, don’t you think the grandmother in the hospital and a little sweet nephew stories are too faky sweet it could be more repulsive then effective. Is there any way without speculative heart breaking stories?

  • I am puzzled… In some Cover Letter Tutorials they say not to speak why you like the company so badly but tell about your accomplishments and what value you can bring to the company. In this video it is the other way around.

  • I change my cover letters all the time…. Is this a good cover letter? I really desire to work for this company.

    I would am writing to express my genuine interest and enthusiasm in working within your organization. The attached CV will furnish you with information concerning my overall background and capabilities. I can provide letters of recommendation from high levels of management for each previous employment tenure.

    I believe my previous experience in financial services/investments, combined with my expertise & reputation in providing expedient, empathetic and comprehensive support, in a fast paced service environment would make me an excellent candidate for your consideration.

    I’ve work closely with my mentor Mr. MT, (Co-Founder of Improving customer experience globally using blockchain technology). While working under Mr. MT, I achieved and sustained significant customer NPS rating, the positive rating resulted in the highest level of customer retention's within the department. While at sugfffff, I transformed a subpar service department with continuous cancellation into a customer support area whose ratings increased from 72% to 98%. Resulting in improved customer retention and praise which benefited prospective customer’s perception of the company.

    Excellent customer support is certainly an integral component in the development to a startup businesses continued success.

    I feel my genuine enthusiasm and understanding of blockchain technology, penchant for enjoying, and engaging each customer and maximizing support would make me a compatible candidate for your customer support team.

    Should your recruitment team be seeking someone who enjoys working congruently with others and excels in all customer driven environments. I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you, and further discuss how my capabilities, expertise, and genuine enthusiasm can be of mutual benefit.

    Please feel free to contact me at your convenience via email gmailor by calling (*49) 11111111111. I thank you in advance for your consideration and the courtesy of your reply.

  • I don't know if it's the best policy on the recruiter's side to offer interviews based on personal connection rather than how well-qualified the applicant is. But I guess that's the point. You as the applicant are taking advantage of the human flaws of the recruiter.

  • She's saying that you have to flatter the hiring person/team/company..:) maybe at the beginning of your letter so it catches their eye and makes them more forgiving of your potential lack of skills … However I believe it's risky as some people might find it disingenuous and could feel put off by it.

  • I work in a career services office in a community college. I'd say that only about 5% of students include a cover letter when applying for a job. HUGE mistake. Want to stand out? Send a cover letter AND write a thank you letter after the interview. It's staggering to know how many job seekers don't send these.

  • Really good tips and advices, but in all honestly, it's really hard to keep pouring your heart and soul into customizing EVERY cover letter, coming up with stories and try to be personal to the companies you apply to only to not getting any replies because of course not not every HR manager have the same expectations. Just want to let out my frustration here and say it's very hard to keep that attitude going.

  • Thank you Ms. O'Donnell for explaining the disruptive cover letter concept. It is a shift from the previous methods I've learned about and used. By God's grace, I have been able to obtain interviews using the traditional cover letter approach and the disruptive cover letter approach. I believe the main problem is that there are not enough good quality good paying positions available for the large number of people who are looking for work.

    The Unemployment rate is actually at an all time high. When the polls release the jobless numbers, they are only taking into account those who are submitting unemployment claims. There are many who no longer qualify for unemployment but are still looking. Additionally there are many who are underemployed and working in jobs where they cannot make ends meet. The unemployed looking for work are also competing with the employed who are looking for work (those looking to get a good quality and higher paying position from the one they currently have), so this just makes it harder.

    In the end job seekers have to keep trying, stay encouraged and don't give up no matter how discouraging the job seeking process can be. Don't allow this process to rob you of who you are. You have great skills, you have great qualities that will benefit an employer, just keep moving forward until the right employer recognizes you and can't wait to make you an offer!! To all my fellow job seekers, stay encouraged and God be with us all.

  • Honestly, everyone the advice in this video will just lose you the job opportunity. Recruiters and hiring managers go through 150-200 applications a day. They don’t have time to read your “disruptive” cover letter, and they don’t want to. I’d highly recommend Andrew LaCivita’s video on how to write the perfect cover letter in 4 sentences. It is much more realistic and helpful.

  • I'm not sure if this video is saying we as people looking for jobs or a new career we should go and fill out a resume at the company we are targeting for a job.? I work butt limited hours from before when I work in similar fields that I think has gone automated system. As a person with Epilepsy and can not drive. Any way for a person who can not drive get out to Companies like the job I held at a bank before.?

  • Examples/personal stories sound amazingly cringy. While this maybe is working in USA I'm not so sure about Europe (Europeans are not easily impressed with emotional stories).
    Another remark – everything depends as well on the personality of a recruiter, his mood at the time of reading the letter, professionalism, character. You cannot please everyone. It's really about luck most of the time (if you are a mediocre candidate).

  • Why not hire the person who needs it the most? The fact is that everyone can do any job equally well regardless of background and experience. Some may take more time to get up to speed, but everyone needs to get up to speed with a new company and the new management.

  • Most important thing is you simply explain how to write a cover letter. And your important tip is connect personally and create emotion impact person whom you writing. I think those three basic important tips key to get a job make good impression.

  • You tell us to write about our experience that ties with the requirement of that job and now you sayin it's brag brag brag? So what do I really have to say. "Hello, I believe I would work well with your company because if you can do it, I can do it. I have strengths and capabilities that can be stretched further with working with your company. Thank You."?

  • I've been told by a HR gal, who reviewed my resume and was my niece's friend, that she thinks I'm a catch and offers such a wide variety of intriguing things for a company. Yes, I am that Jill of All Trades, yet I do have focused talents/skills to help a successful company or even a struggling company. Question for JT… I've applied online for a first of 2 positions that a company posted that I want to apply for, however I ran out of time to truly make my cover letter right. How do I not let that first one ruin it for my 2nd position that I'm gonna apply for tomorrow? I filled in all the spaces + uploaded my resume & CV for it. I'm sure hoping that whatever is shared in my space in their system allows me to upload a different CV so that I don't get a red flag and put in the other pile! TIA for your tips!

  • I'm writing a cover letter at the moment and I thought that by including personal connection I was going to make the recruiters think I'm desperate. This video reassured me a little haha!

  • I enjoyed this and so many other videos on Work It Daily. Regarding the cover letter, what if there is no story to share? No connection to product or service? That the job description sounds exciting makes me want to send my cover+resume? Must we fake it? Fake a story in order to sound more compelling about why we want to work at XYZ Inc?

  • I'm a stay at home mom with a 16 year gap in my work history re-entering the work force. I feel so lost, is this time gap going to hurt me? How can I turn this I to a positive?

  • I've watched a lot of your videos tonight.
    And the more I watch, the more I realise how much effort one who looks for a job, for a PAYCHECK (most of the cases anyway) has to put into all this recruitment process, only for the recruiters to either be like "meh" or "ooh yeah, time to interview this guy/girl".

    For all the effort you have to put in, to try to connect to each individual, to sound interested about a company and how it is working there and blah blah, when in the end, all you care about is the paycheck at the end of the month.

    All that effort, writing different cover letters to comply with each company you apply for. All the effort, only to be seen (in a lot of cases) by an interviewer, and then not even receive a call back, if you weren't interesting enough.

  • Hello great video with good tips. To write a good cover letter, you must add correct contact information, begin by telling the employer the position you are applying for and how you learned about the opportunity and describe how your previous job experiences, skills, and abilities will allow you to meet the company’s needs.

  • This method of writing a cover letter works!! I sent my resume (CV) and cover letter to the recruiter and in about 2 hours after sending it I was offered an interview. Thanks for this video it was a massive help 🖒

  • Thank you for this information. I downloaded your sample cover letters; they left me confused. We've been told our resumé gets 6 seconds. How long does a cover letter get? Your samples appeared lengthy. Or, did you mean, choose one bolded statement & corresponding paragraph? Also, we're having to upload our resumé & cover letter. In which order? Cover ltr first or resumé first? Please LMK, thx.

  • Pardon the late response im putting in the work now to get a new job with a much higher salary so I can leave the one im at. I understand that you have to connect, but does that also mean fundamentally with the font of the cover letter itself? Our eyes naturally are drawn to big letters, words, bright colors and objects. Is the size and font of the cover letter just as important as the story I desire to connect them with?

  • I am currently in a Business Communications class. Our current chapter is studying cover letters & résumés. Our text confirms your video – cover letters are read if they’re compelling. And if you stop doing them, you’re doing yourself the disservice. Thank you for the info!

  • We could skip this malarkey that the world of HR has constructed to give themselves jobs and just go based off of work history and skill list. Hire on the spot instead of waiting, and hire based on a money back guarantee to protect the company from high hiring costs. People usually wait a long time anyways to get that first pay check. This will expedite that. It will also give th employer a real and fast sense of how the person will actually function in the job. If the employee knows they are worth their salt, they will work such trial periods to prove their point. I'm way better in practice than I am on paper…and let me tell you…my CV is top notch as is

  • Thank you so much! I was about to subscribe to Novoresume but I think I'll do this instead. It costs a little more but I think the career coaching will be worth it.

  • How to find a job through an employment agency? How to look for the job without current employer knowing?

  • Expert Resume Writer??? Ohh! somebody told me that. However, what will happen if all applicants have their Resume written by an Expert Resume Writer? If I'm an HR, I'll immediately put to the garbage container all Resumes that are written by an Expert Resume Writer, it's owners are merely memorizing the contents of the Resume because he/she didn't owned the words used in it. Here's the true story "The Company will only hire 1 Call Center associate, but, there were 23 applicants submitted their Resumes. The Hiring Manager gave the written examination and all have passed, then, the HR reviewed their corresponding Resumes and interviewed them all. Fortunately, the results all have passed in almost identical scores. At this instance, the Hiring Manager, examined and/or scrutinized the Resumes and he found out that of the 23 applicants, 22 Resumes were written by an Expert Resume Writer. Of course, HR knew about Resume writing. So, What's the final action of the Hiring Manager? The only 1 applicant who wrote his own Resume was being hired because every thing that appears in the Resume were really came from his heart and he's honest. So, Folks, think 1M times before availing the services of an alleged Expert Resume Writer, the HR knew that.

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  • Let me tell YOU something — you will miss out on a lot of GREAT candidates with GREAT attitudes over a letter

  • I put cover letters in the trash, I recommend that candidates don't do them. Resume is the key! Anything else I need to know, I will find out when I speak with them.

  • This is an example of what the U.S. economy has turned into. Everything is a hustle. People with marginal "skills" trying separate you from your money without providing anything tangible. Preying on weakness, fear and ignorance.

  • What about writing a cover letter for like construction whether it's Landscaping carpentry Roofn hanging railings doing flooring hanging drywall Exedra how would you start something like that

  • This may be a silly question, but what is the best "modern" salutation with all the social changes in the world? Haven't done this in 11 years. So need some catch up.

  • HR VIDEOS ARE BIG BUSINESS IN AMERICA. WHO CARES IF YOU PRINTED YOUR RESUME ON PINK PAPER OR ON GREEN

  • So recruiters dont like cover letters that are all blah blah blah but we must give them a story to somehow connect with them….if we talk too much about our too much selves then it turns them off so we must talk about them like they dont know themselves already while showing how we can help them……imagine going through all this effort to write just the cover letter and that person doesnt even read it because they think its too long

  • Every time I have written the kind of cover letter you suggest i have gotten absolutely no response. when i get a call for an interview my cover letter is generic, but my resume is stellar.

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  • Explanation is good. Before watching this video, i have wrong concept of cover letter but now i am clear what is cover letter. It will be great if you share a sample of cover letter just to know about the communication format.

  • Hi WID, thanks for the video. Do you have supporters that can offer sparring on IT career search and specialized positions?

  • This is exactly the program that I've been looking for and need! I have used résumé writers in the past, and was saving up to work with a new one. Thank you for this video! (I also watched JT's longer video on why she is against résumé writers.)

  • Does it make any difference if I have already worked for a few years with the recruiters and the work team already knows a lot about me?

  • I love all the tips JT. It would be great however if you could give tips on these topics as it pertains to moving within the same organization. I work for a large employer, have for over 10 years, and would like tips specific to moving ahead here. Thanks,

  • While those of us who are consulting these helpful videos do appreciate the insightful tips that may be applied to assist in a successful job search with expectations of moving forward with our respective professional lives, I for one am here as a result of needing more money with a new job. Not here to find my new work field has unexpectedly become a professional job seeker. You want to teach tips, but hold back good examples unless we go "ALL-IN" and commit to a subscription and a course to exceed learning a couple helpful steps which more benefits YOU by getting us to buy your tuition charging "suggestions". Shame on you for preying upon & taking advantage of people that are at a vulnerable & challenging time in their lives under pretenses of support & help. YOU ARE JUST IN THE MARKET OF SELLING UNREASONABLY COSTLY SUBSRIPTIONS & UNNECESSARY LENGTHY COMMITMENT FOR YOUR OWN GAIN.

  • I get what you are saying, however, this tactics in not foolproof. Companies do want you to brag. They want to know your accomplishments, desires and how you will add value to their company. They need to know you can do the job and exceed expectations. You should explain why you applied to the company and why that position. Companies are not just looking for emotional connections.

  • Hi TJ, my dream job is to work as an engineer at Disney world. I am extremely passionate about it but I’m afraid that if I write a letter explaining how passionate I am about it, it would just be discarded as another “fan boy” letter and not be taken seriously. How can I share that I am very passionate about the company but still différencier myself from the average fan applying for a job at Disney?

  • I have been working for a company for 20 years and I have a briefcase full of awards which I received delivering cross-functional projects. In the last 10 years I have applied for 6 jobs internally, my application is turned down and all I hear is that I do not qualify for the job 🙂 I have tried almost all methods of preparing cover letters and CVs. Am I disappointed? No.

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