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The 4 Sentence Cover Letter That Gets You The Job Interview

March 6, 2020


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 Comments

  • Reply Icognito 160 December 30, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    A ‘jaahb’

  • Reply CJ Judd December 31, 2019 at 2:56 am

    They asked me for a cover letter
    I sent them a french letter.
    They asked for my strong point.
    I showed them my erection!!!
    They questioned if I might be a good fit!!
    I replied: Lie down, spread your legs, and I'll show you.
    They replied: Which position would you prefer?
    I replied: a comfortable one, please.

    Sorry people, I'm an impromptu comedian and cannot help myself.

  • Reply Matea White December 31, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    This was very helpful I was really struggling on how to go about my cover letter and this video made it so much better! Thank you so much!(:

  • Reply Chris Sharrett December 31, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    I hope this works!

  • Reply Shoumik Chakraborty January 2, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Thank u so much… It real helped..😀

  • Reply Mr. Viewer January 2, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    Worth the time and data
    Is there a resume related vid sir
    That would really help me out a lot!

  • Reply Lepine Rhodora January 3, 2020 at 12:48 am

    Thanks so much for sharing your insights. It help me a lot.

  • Reply Jackson Courter January 3, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Thank you for the guidance, Andrew. I've been enjoying your videos.

  • Reply AndiRoseSixx6 Andi January 4, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    How do you write a cover letter for your first time applying anywhere? Would greatly appreciate it!

  • Reply Australian Eugenics Expert January 5, 2020 at 3:01 am

    I GOT HIRED BY THE AUSTRALIAN MAFIA, THANK YOU!

  • Reply Ofa Kikelo January 8, 2020 at 4:21 am

    I’m about to write y cover letter using this! Thank you

  • Reply Gomes Alex January 8, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Wow, this is amazing advice. Thank you!

  • Reply Mahesh Vasnani January 8, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    I am a recent graduate, looking for a kick start in his career. I am gonna try this template and see how it progresses. Thank you for all the information. You the best

  • Reply ALex Rodrigrz January 9, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Thank you so much.this was very helpful

  • Reply Waitingodot January 10, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    It's actually incredible. Two days ago I followed your format for my cover letter for a very important job offer. I must say, I was not very convinced. Today I just got a call, I passeD the first step. THANK YOU !!!

  • Reply Earthling Nano January 10, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    I’ve got no experience and I’ve literally scored 4 job interviews since watching your videos.

  • Reply Felix Barragan January 10, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    For over 2 years I have struggled with the job application process and I don't know what it is. It may be that my cover letter sucked (I kept it to about half a page), but I'm going to try your approach. At this point I'll try anything. I've been out of under-graduate studies for almost 3 years (come May) and I haven't been able to land one damn job. I need this now!!

  • Reply Joshua Martin - Let's Create! January 12, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Thank you for the video. : )

  • Reply Sharon Pak January 13, 2020 at 9:55 am

    If your GPA isn’t the best due to certain understandable circumstances, how would you address that in your cover letter?

  • Reply Diseree R January 14, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    This man is a King

  • Reply Brad Pittiful January 15, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    that cover letter means nothing unless you pass the ATS program (applicant tracking system) then you can be looked at by a human…my cover letter is basically what you say but the ats is the stumbling block…tough getting through a company that gets thousands of resumes each week…smaller companies are a different story

  • Reply Maze Sue January 17, 2020 at 2:10 am

    Tired of clicking likes to the comments 😉 Thanks

  • Reply PsyTheZero January 17, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Cheers, I'm applying for a chef apprenticeship hope i get an interview and the position.

  • Reply Khaled Elridi January 17, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    I totally agree I once sent to the recruiter saying "Why a cover letter?" 🙂

  • Reply Harsh Malik January 18, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    does anyone has the cover letter and resume format?

  • Reply Derek January 20, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Hey Andrew, thanks for the advice. Who should I address the cover letter to if there is no contact name on the posting? Can "Dear hiring manager" be used as a last resort? I'd like a way to be more personal with the recipient.

  • Reply Creative Tips January 21, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Thank you. Good information.

  • Reply Derek McDaniel January 21, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    It's sort of BS that everyone is so rushed for time, and doesn't even have 5 minutes of time to read an application. That's more a statement about our system than really "being respectful" of people's time. The fact that so few people control the vast majority of resources and opportunity is the reason for this, so if they are bombarded with stuff, that's their problem. Something to be aware of, but sometimes if people aren't willing to do due dilligence, then it probably wasn't going to be a healthy employment relationship anyway.

  • Reply Jonathan Carter January 22, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Great! Thanks. Been struggling to get interviews and for jobs I know I can handle. Cheers!

  • Reply CP DudeBoy January 22, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Andrew, this is outstanding, sir! Its a bullet-point approach with just enough detail and the purpose behind each sentence. Thank you very much!

  • Reply Shapoor Pardis January 23, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Thank u .. i hope it work for me.

  • Reply Dr Gjengdahl January 23, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    How to get in focus video

  • Reply JAJA FAMILY VLOGS January 24, 2020 at 1:17 am

    I seriously remember watching this a couple of yrs ago and I landed the job with this cover letter. I know for a fact that it was this video that helped me. I don’t know if you will even read read this but I Thank you so very much 🙂💗

  • Reply gbrown January 25, 2020 at 1:30 am

    This is great cover letter advice. I always
    felt stuck with this. Thank you and all the best.

  • Reply iguelmay January 25, 2020 at 3:42 am

    If I'm being referred to apply for the position by someone I know within the company, should I name drop them?

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    Thank you sir for all your help! You just earned yourself yet another subscriber!!!

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  • Reply LairdDougal January 28, 2020 at 12:18 am

    The substance of this clip starts at 3:00. He provides sound, commonsense advice.

  • Reply samphonnet gamgee January 28, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Excellent video! Can I also refer to my blind application I sent a short while ago? (They have it) I could now only write what's relevant to the position.

  • Reply sadbravesfan January 28, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    I'm 34 and only putting my last two jobs on my resume which total 7 years because the jobs prior to that were just irrelevant like being a waiter or something. I've been working since I was 17 though so my professional experience totals 17 years. Would I only say "working professional with 7 years experience" which raises concern about why only 7 years when I'm 34 years old or should I say 17 years, which also raises concern since my resume only covers relevant jobs the last 7 years?

  • Reply Hector Gonzalez January 28, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Hi Andrew, thanks quick question what if I don't have experience to offer in the cover letter? But hands on experience meaning I have the skills but not in a work environment.

  • Reply SurelyITsChronic NZ January 29, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    Does anybody know how to do this "© " i copied and paste the "C" There btw.

  • Reply WhiteGhost13 January 31, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    What if I only got 6 months of experience? I only had 1 internship and I just graduated 😩

  • Reply U WUT M8? February 1, 2020 at 12:50 am

    Thank you.
    I got offered an engineering position that was not even listed on the companies site! (LinkedIn or any other job listing services)

    I followed your rule

  • Reply Owen Doud February 2, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    What if you were doing an application video? Obviously it would be a little different but not entirely.

  • Reply nanlev613 February 2, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    This video showed up “randomly” but I do believe it was meant to be that I viewed it! I loved how concisely you presented the information; you’re exactly right everyone is moving so fast that they can’t think straight so brevity combined with clarity and conciseness is the most effective formula. I subscribed based on this one video! My situation is so dire; I can’t pay rent or anything so I have to find a job immediately. So thank you for this video!!

  • Reply Levi Beveridge February 3, 2020 at 2:57 am

    Hi Andy,
    These tips have been very helpful. Would you follow the same formula when applying for jobs that have selection criteria. I have been told in the past to address them. Thanks in advance.

  • Reply Andre WArd February 3, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    Qquick question sir, If I state that I am "open for this and any other positions within your org" – does this not create an impression that my motivation for that particular position is somewhat diluted and vague? I would imagine that that line could actually have a negative effect on your chances of being selected.

  • Reply Joe Curtis February 3, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Great advice expressed succinctly.

  • Reply k odu February 4, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    You just got a new subscriber.

  • Reply k odu February 4, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    The cover letter an expert wrote for me was like a novel. Needless to say it never worked.

  • Reply S M M February 4, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Don't teach me anything. Otherwise I have to tell u that u shouldn't understand English language.

  • Reply Lindokuhle N Khuzwayo February 4, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Thank you, I hope I get the job!!!

  • Reply Benjamin Breeg February 4, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Look I did all this stuff, I can make my self look so good on resume's and application wording and story telling, but the interviews go down the shit hole, cuase it is IT work, totally taken over by libtards, I am white male and I cannot speak libtard and pass personality test on interview even though those stupid idiot end up hiring idiots they end up flipping like hamburgers.

  • Reply PAULETTE BRYAN February 4, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Testing it out, thanks.

  • Reply lonelyjokers 4 February 4, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    Hi Andrew!
    How could a new graduate (with little to no real-world experience) change the phrase " I offer X years of experience in this field" and still have an effective cover letter?

  • Reply TheRexhim February 5, 2020 at 2:59 am

    Thanks man

  • Reply Suede Dogs February 5, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    Funny , thats exactly what i've been writing in my cover letter. I'm obviously not as dense as I thiught I was !

  • Reply Cindy Olson February 9, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Love it! A voice that helps effectively manage this quagmire. Thank you.

  • Reply lo sono re February 9, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    thanks very useful

  • Reply John Doe February 10, 2020 at 4:45 am

    Law students, disregard this. You’re welcome.

  • Reply Mugera Bashir February 10, 2020 at 8:06 am

    Thanks

  • Reply Mugera Bashir February 10, 2020 at 8:08 am

    How do i get full details in hard copies Sir. Otherwise thanks so much u have changed the goal posts to a better scoring position

  • Reply Heicko Dyck February 11, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Watched this video yesterday, did exactly what you said and today i get a call for an interview! This really works! Thanks!!

  • Reply INFINIITY February 11, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    I wrote two paragraphs starting with my interest in the role and then talking about my skills and why I’m a good fit and I got offered more than one position I applied for.

  • Reply GwenInWonder February 12, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Wish me luck i really need this job.

  • Reply No_clones&unknown86 February 12, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Should I include my number in my cover letter?

  • Reply SneakZ February 13, 2020 at 1:24 am

    Hell yeah, this was a very insightful video. Going to apply this to my first cover letter. This video made me feel really confident about doing so.

  • Reply koybong February 14, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    Uh oh. I just wrote a page long cover letter in applying for a job. Auch.

  • Reply Claudette Asbury February 15, 2020 at 3:10 am

    Enjoyed, love new and exciting help…thank you.

  • Reply Laksmi Pramudhita February 15, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Hello, do you have tips and tricks for the student-leadership internship program? I'm applying to one of those and slightly confused about what should I say on my experience, should it be concerning on my non-academic or academic experiences? Thank you for your answer.

  • Reply Jacked Geezer February 15, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    In a career change, it's felt like I've got no valuable skills to offer the marketplace due to lack of response from potential employers. I'll let you know if/when this changes the game. Thank you for the advice and be blessed.

  • Reply Alex Isidro February 17, 2020 at 3:37 am

    Amazing video, and very detailed. Thank you very much! I'll be sharing this with junior engineers!

  • Reply Paritosh Upadhyay February 18, 2020 at 3:13 am

    Coming back to thank you after a long time of getting the job. I used this format to apply for a job. Got the interview and the job as well. Thank you @Andrew!

  • Reply Salam Kariyatil February 19, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks mate, for explaining in a simple language. I really appreciate it.

  • Reply OhheyJvanna February 19, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply Gilbert Damaso February 19, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful insights on how to make a perfect a cover letter. Looking forward to learn more about your lectures. I will save all your modules to get more in depth look how to land a job and to pass interview with confidence.

  • Reply Sunday Maliko February 21, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Wonderful

  • Reply Jonathan Simpson February 21, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Sounds rather dull.

  • Reply Million Dolla Scrilla February 21, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    thanks for giving me a blueprint on a good cover letter. One last thing. How do we close the letter? What salutation do we use to close the letter?

  • Reply buddy the goat February 25, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    AWESOME

  • Reply Janelle Lakia February 26, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    “The portion of my attached resume highlights my career profile and three significant accomplishments that are also in alignment with this position.” That’s what got me, appealing and straight to the point.

  • Reply El Tu February 27, 2020 at 12:21 am

    This is honestly some of the best advice I've come across, I followed your format and think it's really impactful. Please wish me luck!

  • Reply Phil Brenman February 27, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Wish I had come across this video sooner. When think about the time I've spent trying to craft the perfect cover letter and not getting a single response from anybody, I have to kick myself. As the say KISS. Keep it simple stupid.

  • Reply BC Roach February 27, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    This video is perfect. IQ 200. I love it when someone helps you understand the bigger picture, so you understand exactly why things are the way they are today, instead of brushing over interesting context.

  • Reply Temilade Fashesin February 28, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Thank you Andrew, I sent my cover letter last week Tuesday and now I'm at the final stage of my interview. Honestly this is the best way to write a cover letter. I CAN NOT BELIEVE THIS WORKED!!!!!!!. P.S I have sent out over 15 cover letter with no response before I sent this final one. Thank you.

  • Reply Anyiam Hope Nebechi February 28, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Thanks so much sir. I am now so relieved and better enlightened. God bless you!

  • Reply Judith Quinonez February 29, 2020 at 1:34 am

    This short video was informative. I was never if the 4 sentence cover letter is good for the "executive resume" which is an outline with no details.
    I'm going to trim my cover letter to these 4 sentences.

  • Reply teslacarfan February 29, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    I'm a recent graduate with only 6 months of experience from a current engineering job. How should I format the "I have … years of experience in…" ? I think it's a great template but I want to be legitimate.

  • Reply Joshua Ommen March 1, 2020 at 3:55 am

    Nice thanks

  • Reply Domdon March 1, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    i disagree with the 'this or any other position' part

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  • Reply Lauren Anderson March 2, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Hello Mr. LaCivita,

    I am just pausing to thank you for sharing this information regarding a good cover letter! I am applying for an assistant principal position. Is there any other advice you can recommend?

    Thank you,

    Lauren

  • Reply M grey March 3, 2020 at 3:08 am

    Is it ok to write my contacts info in cover letter like at the end I write my LinkedIn link and phone call

  • Reply Reabetsoe Motjolopane March 4, 2020 at 12:08 am

    As a person writing their first ever cover letter this video is BRILLIANT just brilliant

  • Reply Ammar Azman March 4, 2020 at 8:15 am

    How about the internship program? Is the format is the same?

  • Reply Cynthia Arlette March 4, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    I have a really good feeling about your technique Andrew! Will be using it moving forward and I’ll check back in!

  • Reply N S March 4, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    it works ! i got an interview set up .

  • Reply Tarik Kindell March 4, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Can anyone drop, there version of the four sentence cover letter that was successful for you, thanks

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