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Instant Cover Letters – Secret #7

“Big Word WARNING… No one talks like that!”

© Written By Jimmy Sweeney

President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new,

Amazing Cover Letter Creator.

I was going to begin this article by using some really big, “impressive” words to make my point right off the bat.

Fortunately, I decided against this approach realizing you probably wouldn’t make it to the second sentence and I would have lost 95% of you immediately!


I’m sorry for shouting, let me explain…

Writing a cover letter filled with sentences that use words an English teacher would have trouble understanding is not only difficult to pull off, but more importantly, it is totally and completely ineffective!

This is great news for you. Highly effective, interview-grabbing cover letters are ‘short and sweet’ and read like a friendly conversation with a good friend.

I realize the tendency people have towards using big, “important” words in their cover letters and resumes but trust me on this and leave the “big word technique” to your competitors. Write your cover letters like I am writing this article. Make your points easy to understand by using words everyone can recognize. Bring it all together with a friendly tone throughout and chances are you’ve got yourself a winner. (Source – Amazing Cover Letters)

Please don’t do this:

“I have consulted, choreographed, compiled and specifically isolated technological solutions for challenging, yet highly inordinate retroflex samplings that have lead me to a potential mathematical resolution. I am self-assured my skill set will meet with your parameters and would encourage further communications between all parties concerned and in accordance with regards to this dynamic conceptualization we all strive to finalize.”

How ‘painful’ was THAT gibberish?!

Let’s try that again in plain English:

“I wanted you to know I have taken some time to research your company and am very impressed. I have a real passion for this industry. I am a hard worker and my attention to detail is one of my best qualities. I would love the chance to interview with (company name) for the position of account executive. Thank you in advance for the opportunity. I really look forward to meeting you.”

WOW… plain old English, what a breath of fresh air!

BIG WORD WARNING TIP: Read your cover letter out loud and if you find any tongue twisters and sentences that sound a little too “impressive” fix them! Read it again out loud until the sentences just roll off your tongue. Write like you speak, let your personality shine through. Show your passion and enthusiasm for the position and clearly ASK for the job interview.

Next week: Top 10 Cover Letter Secrets – Secret #6

“Want More Quality Job Interviews?... ASK and you shall receive!”

© Written By Jimmy Sweeney

Amazing Cover Letters

Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the new, "Amazing Cover Letter Creator." Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, "Job Search Secrets." Visit our friends at Amazing Cover Letters for your ‘instant’ cover letter today. “In just 3½ minutes you will have an amazing cover letter guaranteed to cut through YOUR competition like a hot knife through butter!”