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Power Phrases to Enhance Job Search Letters

After you’ve punched out your job letter openers, keep your job search letter mojo going as you flesh out the middle with paragraphs and lines that strongly emphasize your belief in yourself and your strengths.

Don’t be shy about listing education and training, skills, competencies, and accomplishments. Use numbers wherever you can.

Here are some examples to get you started:

  • I am particularly well qualified for your (job title) position, as the following highlights illustrate. I would enjoy the opportunity to meet with you to explore how I can contribute to your organization.

  • Your position for (job title) strongly appeals to me because (tell why).

  • If our meeting confirms my understanding of your open position for (job title), I am confident that, with my skills in (name skills), I can make an immediate and valuable contribution to (name of employer).

  • My successful background demonstrates the skills you require in (name of position). Briefly, I offer (bulleted lists of accomplishments and achievements).

  • As we discussed earlier, my extensive professional experience can benefit virtually any employer. However, (company name) is of special interest to me because (explain why).

  • (Name of employer’s company) ranks number one in companies I prefer to join.

  • I look forward to meeting with you to further discuss my background and to show you some of the (skills or competencies) that I have developed.

  • I’m working to be a part of a company that wants to be recognized as a leader in both ___ and ___. When I have the opportunity to meet with you, I believe you will agree that you want to use my skills and competencies on your watch.

  • What you’re asking for and what I can deliver sound like a match!

  • During my three years in purchasing with Tidewater Productions, I’ve been credited with yearly savings in the $50,000-to-$75,000 range. This resulted from a combination of skillfully negotiating and replacing underperforming vendors. Wouldn’t you like me to save money for your company?

  • Because I haven’t yet notified my current employer of my intent to leave, I count on your treating this response to your posting with appropriate sensitivity. (Note: Employers often prefer to hire employed candidates rather than unemployed candidates.)

  • I am happy with my job and am considered to be a high performer by my current employer. Unfortunately, I do not see a path to advancement in the foreseeable future. That is why I am contacting you about future openings in (career field or functional area) at (name of organization).

  • One of my friends, Salvador Rondavi, works for your company. He recommends that I contact you about a position as a management trainee. He is more than satisfied with his work and, from what he says, I am sure I would like it as well. I will do my utmost to win your professional praise.

  • Staying current with new technologies and products, and applying those that offer improved profit results, is a point of pride for me.

  • As a versatile IT trainer, I bring significant experience and fast-moving flexibility as new products are introduced to your workforce. Additionally, my B.A. in psychology has given me a useful depth of knowledge in successful motivation practices.

  • Jason Luo, my former manager, now retired, complimented me for being the hardest-working and most reliable assistant he’d had in his 40 years in the casino business. He was especially impressed with my (name top accomplishment).

  • As a member of The World Tomorrow Society’s Green Futures Committee, I focused on the impact of reusing and recycling waste on various industries, including ours. I’d be delighted to share that data with you when we meet to explore ways I could be useful to Command Construction.

  • When my last fundraising goal went over the top, I was credited with a big slice of its success because I encouraged everyone’s input and buy-in. My talent for inclusiveness brings in record contributions.

  • I’m proud of a track record that’s tops with managers, clients, and coworkers, as this single example from Shelly Kornfield, my former supervisor, illustrates: “Give the assignment to Pam, and you won’t have to think about it anymore.”

  • In my last position, managing an assisted-living facility, I saved 8 percent of the annual budget without compromising care; I would welcome sharing the details with you in a meeting to discuss the possibility of my joining your well-respected organization.

  • After completing two baccalaureate degrees in just four years, I believe that my education, student employment experience, and dedication to hard work and problem solving make me an A-list candidate to join your workforce.

  • With my technical skills and understanding of your market, I can step into the position and be immediately productive.

  • At my previous position on the East Coast, within two years I received praise for playing a key role in raising my branch’s basement ranking for customer service (#57 out of 60 stores) to top-ranking customer service (#3 out of 60 stores) in the nationwide organization.

  • Accustomed to doing more with fewer resources, I can help your firm ride out a financial storm in a tight economy. After meeting with me and assessing my ability to run a tight ship that sails upright, you may decide you can’t afford not to hire me.

  • While I was the fundraising chair for my PTA organization, I planned the campaign, wrote the appeal to potential donors, and organized an e-mail solicitation tree. The result: we raised $27,000, a 130 percent increase over the previous year.

The power phrases in the preceding list are anchored with accomplishments, skills, competencies, the promise of a benefit, or personal characteristics that suggest you will be a likeable model of efficiency, either making money or saving money for your lucky future employer.

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