Below you'll read some opening sentences from cover letters. Do you think they are good as they are or would you like to change them? Explain.
On the website monster.co.uk I read that you are looking for a Junior Product Manager. I would hereby like to let you know that I am interested in this position.
This is an impersonal one-size-fits-all opener, which is not likely to increase your chances of getting an interview.
"I would hereby like to let you know?" is quite a rusty sentence. You can avoid the problem of standard openings by inserting a subject line, which means that you will not have to refer to the job ad in your opening.
"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" (JFK), a statement which refers to the reciprocal relationship between state and citizen, but which you might also apply to the employer - employee relationship. Both have to make an effort, but for both the outcome will be a win-win situation.
An opener like this will undoubtedly make your letter stand out from the rest, but it might be in a negative way. Being original can be risky.
This specific quote is also quite far-fetched and pompous and it has got a political connotation. Be careful with political or religious allusions in the application process, since you never know whether or not the recruiter shares your views.
If you decide to use a bold opening, do not forget to refer to the vacancy in your subject line.
Considering the knowledge and the expertise I have acquired during the past four years at , I can safely state that I am your ideal future Account Manager.
The opening sentence is hardly the place to start making your case. Additionally, this statement is far too arrogant and it does not even make a lot of sense.