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Don't Start Your Cover Letter With This Sentence

Don't Start Your Cover Letter With This Sentence

We all know it's exciting to graduate college, and higher education is a big asset for any applicant. But don't boast your new diploma in the very first line, or even explicitly in your cover letter, like it's the best thing you have to offer a potential employer. Too many fresh-out-of-college graduates hurt their chances by beginning their cover letters with a sentence that reads: I just graduated from Blank University.

Your educational achievements will be clearly stated on your resume. As a new grad, you should use the cover letter to emphasize the experience you've acquired through various internships and jobs during your university years. If your major is directly applicable to the position for which you're applying, feel free to bring up projects or coursework that strengthens your candidacy. Just be sure they are highly relevant to the skills required for the job so the hiring manager isn't left wondering why you've included those details.

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nancita nancita 6 years
I agree with Savvy. Start your cover letter with something unique that gets the reader's attention, and if you're fresh out of college, emphasize your work experience first and more.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I agree with Savvy on this one. Mentioning your degree is fine, but highlighting it is unwise, particularly if most or all of the applicants for the job also have college degrees. And I also agree with runningesq, although, as she said, it's not always possible to have referrals for jobs for which you are applying.
lizbeth485 lizbeth485 6 years
I would disagree with this. College students and recent graduates, especially, usually don't have a lot of work experience to reference. An undergraduate degree is an accomplishment, and I think it absolutely makes sense to emphasize it in your cover letter, as it indicates that you are intelligent and are willing to work hard to achieve a goal. As a recent graduate, I would highlight any experiences or relevant information that would make you a compelling candidate. The cover letter is, foremost, a writing sample, and should be written engagingly and highlight your achievements--one of which is certainly your degree, even if you are a few years out of university and have substantial work experience to go with it.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
If possible, your cover letter should start with: "So-and-so recommended I contact you ..." where that so-and-so works for the company, is well known in the community/ profession, knows the interviewer, boss, etc.
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