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Use this one-paragraph cover letter to land your next job interview
"So how can you make your cover letter as effective as possible? Make it short. Emily Liou, career happiness coach at CultiVitae, says you can probably boil your full-page cover letter down to a single paragraph (or two), without rehashing your resume. Here’s how. ...
"That formulaic opening line. ...

"All those basic “job skills” that aren’t really skills. 'It seems as if everyone is detail-oriented, has strong communication skills, and is a fast learner,' Liou points out. ...

"A chronological recap of your entire work experience. ...

One great thing you’d be able to do the week you start. ...

"Tell a story. It can even be about them, not you. 'Aim to capture their attention by telling them what about their product, service, or mission really drew you to apply for this role out of all the other similar positions out there,' Liou advises. Otherwise get autobiographical and offer an anecdote, she says. 'If you have an interesting story or way you learned about the company, share this! People connect with stories and it will make your application memorable and unique.' ...

"Can you fit all this into a single paragraph? Liou says it’s possible. She sketches it out like this, using a hypothetical job opening at Netflix by way of example (in her words):

"Sentence 1: Strong opener that captures their attention: 'Confession: I recently binged two full seasons of Narcos last weekend.'
"Sentence 2: Explain why the company’s mission, product, service, etc. resonate with you so much: 'As a film and TV enthusiast with a Netflix membership since 2013, I’m impressed with the user interface and features that are continuously released.'
"Sentence 3: Share why you’re so passionate to see the company grow in the role: 'I believe Netflix has disrupted the entire entertainment business, and I would appreciate an opportunity to provide bold recommendations backed with data in the data analyst opening.'

"The next three to five sentences, Liou continues, 'would then immediately dive into background and why you’re a match.' In her example this is where you’d explain how you’d be able to start contributing to the organization right away–since you’ve already offered an anecdote in your first sentence."
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