The 4 Sentence Cover Letter That Gets You The Job Interview

Hi everyone, it’s Andy LaCivita founder of
Milewalk and the Milewalk Academy, and the award-winning author of the Hiring Prophecies
here with today’s episode of tips for work and life, today we’re going to talk about
cover letters. When I say cover letters what I really mean
is any means you’re going to use to introduce yourself to the employer. That could be a cover letter, if companies
still require one. It can be an email, perhaps with your resume
attached, and it could be an application tracking system where they allow you to provide some
notes about you, yourself, things that they should know about you. Really it’s whatever means you’re going to
use to introduce yourself. Now, there’s a couple of precursors that I
want to mention right before we dive into the four sentences. There’s three things that your introduction
should do, and I believe you can do those in four sentences, but I want to talk a little
bit about just cover letters and what the purpose was. Remember, keep in mind, cover letters are
from a long time ago when we didn’t have computers and we didn’t have emails and we didn’t have
application tracking systems, and you had to mail your resume to an employer about a
job opportunity or a job opening that you saw or was advertised. You needed to insert that cover letter to
introduce yourself, to let them know what it was you were applying for. They didn’t really understand that. Now we have these systems that tag your resume
and your name to particular jobs that you apply to, it’s much different now. Regardless you still need to effectively introduce
yourself, so regardless of whether you’re doing that in an attached document or whether
you’re doing that in an email introduction or whether you’re doing that through an applicant
tracking system, there’s three things you ultimately need to do. You want to make sure that when you do them
you’re respecting the person’s time. The average person today, let alone the average
person who is recruiting for many positions, gets about 150 emails every day. Somebody who’s hiring for a position might
get twice that many or three times that many, so you want to make sure that whatever you
do you’re being brief and you’re respecting their time. Trust me when I tell you that most people
are moving at such a break neck pace, most of those recruiters just want to open that
resume, look to see if you are a good fit for that particular position or another position
in their company. Many of them are not going to take the time
to read a lengthy intro or a lengthy cover letter, so just keep that in mind. Okay, one other little housekeeping item. I talked a few weeks ago about how to build
your ultimate professional resume. If you haven’t seen that episode yet, check
it out on my blog, I put the link down in the notes. There’s some good tips and tricks and formatting
items that I addressed in that particular lesson or episode that I think is going to
be really helpful for you to understand as we talk about these four sentences that you
need to do. First thing, how to address that intro. Dear whoever it is, and I know there are many
ways you can figure out who that is, or dear sir or madam, or to whom it may concern, or
whatever intro you are comfortable using. I’m writing to inquire about the opening for,
so now you’re telling them exactly why you’re inquiring. It’s just one sentence, period, that’s it,
let them know why. Go to the next break, make a new paragraph
so that they now can get the meat and potatoes. This is the what you offer and why you’re
qualified. I would just say that I offer X years of experience
in whatever your specialty is, and would make me a strong candidate for this opening. That’s obviously your opinion, but I think
it’s a nice way to collect that and give them some insight that you do believe you are a
strong candidate. They want to hear that. Then what I would do is I would just add one
more sentence in that paragraph, and just say the top portion of my attached resume
highlights my career profile and three significant accomplishments that are also in alignment
with this position. Now what you’re doing is you’re creating intrigue. You’re telling them exactly where they can
find the information that they need in order to know whether or not you’d be a could candidate,
and it won’t take them very long to see it. Then I would make a break, and then the last
little sentence I would make is, I’d welcome the opportunity to speak with you if you feel
I’d be a strong candidate for this or any position in your organization. It’s extremely important that you add the
any other position in your organization. People need help with how to think these days. Everybody is moving so quickly, it’s not because
they’re not smart, but you just want to make sure that they recognize that number one you’re
open to it, and number two that they should be thinking that way. You don’t want them to just open your resume,
look at it, and say, “Eh. He or she’s not a fit for the position that
they applied for.” You want to remind them to make sure that
they think about all positions in their company. It may sound very obvious, it may sound like
common sense, but when you’re moving so quickly it’s not always common practice. Okay, so there it is. I’m writing to inquire about what the position
is, I offer X years of experience, I have strong these skills. Top portion of my resume highlights my career
profile and my significant accomplishments, which puts me in alignment with the position. I’d welcome the opportunity and so on. Now one other thing you might be thinking,
why not put those highlights and that detail in the cover letter? The cover letter’s purpose, it should be brief,
it should tell them why you’re qualified, but you want to create intrigue. You ultimately want to get them to open your
resume. Most of them are going to be inclined to do
that anyway, so you don’t need to give them more in the email. You don’t want them to see this much. I recommend reserving that for the resume. Perhaps you put one significant accomplishment,
but I think you can do this in four sentences, five at the very most. That’s it for today. One other item I want to let you know, if
you like this type of information I’ve got a training course coming up with everything
that’s careers related, so it’s all this in much more depth. Everything from finding your purpose, writing
resumes, cover letters, interviewing, all the way to career acceleration and all that
good stuff. Everything careers related. Also, I’d love to hear from you. If you have any insight, any questions about
this, drop down to the comments section, let me know you’re here. Ask me any questions, share it. I always welcome the shares, and until next
week, we’ll see you.

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100 thoughts on “The 4 Sentence Cover Letter That Gets You The Job Interview

  1. Hi Everyone! I know cover letters are tough. This is a case of quality over quantity because employers are busy and they want you to get to the point. Let me know what questions you have and I'll be happy to help. Also, make sure to grab the FREE COVER LETTER TEMPLATE: Now, let me have those questions!

  2. If I’m writing a cover letter for acct as a animal care attendant and I have no years of experience can I skip to another reason why I would be good for the position?

  3. Resumes are nightmares and then cover letters on top of that! I had forgotten how tideous and time consuming creating a new resume and cover letter are. After years of not needing a resume I'm struggling to make them both concise.

  4. do you have any suggestions for someone who's not applying for an advertised position, but sending 'a cold email' to a company they love? Thanks, great content . You got a new subscriber

  5. so we put the cover letter as an attachment or we mention it as the principal email and we attaching the resume?

  6. This was great advice. Do u have any advice for Senior citizens who need to get back into the workforce?

  7. I really appreciate this information! It was VERY helpful to me as I decide how to create my cover letter.

  8. Thank you so much for this!!! I am currently on the hunt for a bookkeeping job. I was able to make a simple but effective cover letter that will help me stand out more. Thanks again!!

  9. I’m a freshmen and my English teacher is making us write a cover letter but I have no idea what to write ?

  10. Great video! I have a question about fresh college graduates with no experience. Would putting 0 years of experience hinder my chances? What should I put in the cover letter to help with that? Thanks again!

  11. Dear Andy, I really appreciate this video. I’ve been kicking myself because I’ve bee applying for jobs without having a cover letter. The reason for this is because i wasn’t quite sure how to write one. I’ve written them before, but I was concerned that my letter was too long or wordy. This really helps out and I agree with the idea to bring up 3 to 5 accomplishments, but not to actually include them to entice them to look at the resume. This was totally helpful. Thanks. Dominic

  12. am a young university student almost finishind my studies but i want to write a cover letter to one of the companies. how do i go about it please help?

  13. Im struggling with how to choose my purpose in life.
    Can u shed some light on it
    I'm a b tech student and i love innovation

  14. thank you…… writing a cover letter to me was like hitting keys and watching the cursor blinking for hours at a time. so thank you again.

  15. I love how you talk about how important it is to respect the employers time with your cover letter but wait 3 minutes to start the video. Seriously though, great advice thanks.

  16. Trying to transition from the school world to the work field is such a struggle. This will be my first job application .

  17. Great video! I was wonder what would I write on my cover letter since I just graduated with a diploma of social service worker and I have no career profile other than my placement experience.

  18. Hello Mr Andrew. Your help with the cover letter was heaven sent. I will let know how it worked with this job that I´m applying to. Thanks !!

  19. This guy is fantastic, he really knows his stuff!! Thank you Andrew LaCivita

    for all your effort and heart-given help!! Please keep helping us!!

  20. Thank you for sharing this with us! I'm a fresh grad and I wanted to be as prepared as possible in getting a job. More power to you and your channel!

  21. To the point.loved it. Andrew LaCivita please come to Bangladesh. people-students,job seekers will adore you.

  22. hi, today I saw the youtube, it is great, useful & gave me many ideas for my CV, Cover letter and introduction letter that I am sending the employer, but I have one important issue that is the culture between countries is the most important point I faced many while I am sending my documents which really disappointed & frustrated me, I know that you made the video to your local market, but you know with the internet the world became a small village & everybody is learning from each other what do you think?

  23. Thank you Andrew, i used your tips and format, already got an interview and job offer. Your tips are amazing.

  24. Thank you soooo much man. I did exactly what you said and I got a phone interview with the company I was trying to work at.

  25. I had a cover letter drafted today. After watching your video I can now tweak what I had a copywriter do. Im actually editing what they did. Appreciate you.

  26. Thank you so much Andrew! I've been medical retired for a long time and now am feeling much better and was stuck on writing an cover letter and there you were…a God send. Thank you!

  27. @Andrew If your experience in the job that you are applying for is less than a year, would you put that in months?

  28. It really helped me in writing my cover letter so ty. Please make a video on people who have zero experience of work so how thy should build the resume/cover letter/cv. Please ty.

  29. I know this is 2 years ago BUT I would like some help in myself who has been out of the workplace for 8 years and
    I'm having difficulty with my cover letter
    and resume…Can you give me some advice?

  30. Just came across this video while I struggling to construct an exceptional cover letter for a position (or job) that I desperately need. I'll let you know the verdict in about a week or two when I get a call for an interview or a rejection letter.

  31. What if the person doing the hiring has seen this video? Would it look bad if they see someone using this 4 sentence template?

  32. This video really helped me a lot i was freaking out about having to do a cover letter for this job i really want because i have been out of school for a year now and am out of touch with writing things and the structure of them. THANKS SO MUCH DUDE!

  33. Andrew, this video was absolutely a godsend for me. You make the job searching process so easy to follow with your structure. I look forward to working with you.

  34. Thank you, Andrew, for this great information. One question: if applying for an open position within my current employment (school district), would I still include the sentence, “I’d welcome the opportunity to speak with you about this OR ANY OTHER position in your company”?

  35. While I am looking for a career change which wasnt the focus of this video, this was very helpful as a baseline and made it much easier for me. Thanks!

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

  37. Hi Andy! My name is Patrick. Great video! I hate writing cover letters because I take so long to do them. This, I think, will help immensely in cutting the amount of time it takes to submit an application to a job/company. I had a question though with regard to submitting this format as a "general" cover letter. For instance, there is a company to whom I am presently submitting my resume and cover letter to express general interest. They do not have any open positions right now that interest me, but I feel I could be a potential fit for them should they have others that could down the road. Would the same principle apply? If so, how would you recommend tailoring the wording differently? Make sense?

  38. I’m not sure if I ever commented on this video but I followed this advice and got the interview and the job literally the first time I used this method.

  39. This worked getting me a job last year! I'm applying for a role I'm really excited for just now and I'm going for round 2 with this format! 🙂 Thank you

  40. Hi, thank you for this! I'm trying to help my boyfriend write a good application letter for University so I don't know if any of this applied, but I feel like I learned a lot, anyway, and feel a little bit more ready for my eventually starting my first job.

  41. Sadly I am 26 and had no clue what a cover letter was for a Job I really want asked for one so I googled what is a cover letter and this popped up I took notes and it helped about now to go watch your resume video to make sure I have it right and then fix both and send them off with a prayer I would really like to watch the video you was talking about in the end of this one. Thanks for taking the time to read this and God bless.

  42. I am 60,sad to say i never heard or knew about cover letters,i will include one in my next career move,because it is important to land that next move.I must make sure i give it my best shot.My many thanks for guiding me in the right direction.

  43. Andrew is spot on…factions of ppl do need assistance in how/what to think nowadays. I've done this during my USN tenure working with executives. Great insight!!

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