Today’s hiring managers are being bombarded with job applications, resumes, and cover letters. Some have a mile-high pile of paper on their desks and not nearly enough time to read and respond to it. So what is a dedicated job seeker to do in this tight economy when employers are overworked and overwhelmed?

Make your cover letter stand out from the rest. No, not with pink or blue paper or accompanied with a dozen chocolate chip cookies. But simply by writing a one-page cover letter that features these seven wonders:

  1. Three paragraphs on a single page: introduction, your skills and qualifications, and a request for an interview. 
  2. Three or four well-written sentences in each paragraph. Easy on the eyes. 
  3. Plenty of ‘white space’ around your writing so the cover letter is easy to read and comprehend. Create generous margins and double space between paragraphs. 
  4. Bullets and numbered lists when appropriate. Helps reader scan quickly. 
  5. Bold-faced type (like this) to emphasize certain points. 
  6. Correct spelling, usage, and punctuation for a professional appearance. 
  7. Accurate name, contact info, and signature.


Write a cover letter that makes your point about the job you want, states your qualifications concisely, and asks for the opportunity to meet in person. Then double check for the ‘seven wonders’ listed above before sending it off to the hiring manager of your choice.

With all these points in place, the employer will not have to ‘wonder’ what you’re all about. It will be clear from your cover letter that you’re a person of integrity and dependability––one he or she will want to contact.

If you incorporate the seven wonders of a world-class cover letter into your writing, your cover letter may be the only one that attracts the hiring manager’s attention enough to single you out for that important call for an interview – and ultimately for the job itself.

– Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new, Amazing Cover Letter Creator.” Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, “Job Search Secrets.”

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