Cover letters should catch the attention of hiring managers, but most of them start with the traditional plea to “accept my resume for the (position) at (company).” If a company receives hundreds of applications for a job, and posts numerous jobs, what is the chance such an intro line will prompt an employer to remember your application?

Instead, nationally recognized resume authority Jessica Hernandez suggests you not only need to be different in how you grab the reader’s attention, but you also have to appear more unique and more valuable than the other candidates. For some specific examples about that first paragraph in a cover letter, read the article “How NOT To Start Your Cover Letter” on JobDig: