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EXERCISE: The Six Word Cover Letter

EXERCISE: The Six Word Cover Letter
(This is from my supervisor, Mike Masten.)

Have you heard of the six word biography? Tell your story in six words. Google it.

For this exercise try to boil your cover letter for the job of your dreams down to six words. I am a firm believer that less is often more. A few points well made, that stick with the listener, is better than a hundred good points that blend into one indistinguishable oleo.

The goal of your six word cover letter is to make your story irresistible to the interviewer(s). No matter who else they interview, they will be compelled to take a look at you! Here are some examples:

– Tall buildings in a single bound!
– I just do it every day.
– I will be missed when gone.
– Just think, you coulda had me!
– Don’t ask why, ask why not?
– Work hard, play hard, no lard.

Here’s mine: I AM WOMAN…HEAR ME ROAR!!!
What’s yours?


About kimberlyjmyers

I am a workforce development professional in Washington State. I have ten years experience working with dislocated workers, vocationally impaired, and people with disabilities on many levels and backgrounds from offenders to non-English speaking refugees from around the world. The One thing the clients I have worked with all had in common: there was some barrier to employment, and I work diligently every day to identify, address and remove those barriers.


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