About half of the resumes I receive via email are missing an introductory paragraph. BTW - In most cases you don’t need a Cover Letter, unless you are applying or a high level position. One paragraph in the body of the email is sufficient.
It should be short, strong and to the point:
- Should be no larger than one paragraph. About 4-5 sentences
- Clearly state the position title (reference job # if applicable) you are applying for and the company. Make sure the title is right and the spelling of the company is correct.
- Should state your reason for applying for the position. Why are you a fit? Why are you excited about this position? Think Passion
- Should contain a brief list of technologies you have experience with and number of full life cycle projects you have completed. If not what have you done.
- Should list one outstanding accomplishment. Can be an area of expertise. Something you are proud of – should be related to the job. Try to tie point 4 and 5 in the same sentence.
- Last sentence may contain any of these: “Thank you for your time…,” “If you have any questions…,” “I look forward to talking with you…” Keep it short.
- Should end with your name, phone and email (also, home address if you prefer)
See the Resume 101 for more info about building your resume