By now, you probably know that the cover letter is the best cover letter.
It’s concise, concise, and in your face.
It lets the writer tell you how they’re going to get a job done.
But is it really the best?
According to John McClain, the man who designed it, it is.
In an interview with the New Yorker, McClain explained that the best of the best—in terms of style and message—is actually the one that doesn’t use a cover letter at all.
He said that if you are going to write a cover letters, you want them to be as direct as possible, with a simple headline, subtitle, and paragraph.
In other words, they need to say exactly what you need to hear, and don’t rely on the cover letters to sell you a product.
McClain explains in the article that he’s worked with people who wanted a quick, punchy, and powerful message, but instead had to rely on a cover-letter.
“The most successful cover letters were the ones that used simple, direct, concise statements,” he says.
He explains how this works:If you write the same letter to a boss, he’s going to be like, ‘You know what?
I’ve got an idea for a product, but it’s too complicated for my company to be able to understand it.
Why don’t you send me the letter?
I can understand why you wrote it.
And then, when you receive the letter, it’ll be a very different letter than the one you were sent.’
If you send the same thing to your boss, you’ll have the same impression.
It’ll be like: You’re a brilliant writer, and you’ve done a great job.
So, thank you for taking the time to write me this letter.
And I think you’ll be very pleased.
You may be surprised to hear that McClain is not the only person to make this point.
He’s not the first person to point out that the very best cover letters are the ones without a cover.
In his book, The Cover Letter: The Power of Personal Communication, author Michael B. Johnson points out that, “The best cover and the most effective cover letter are those that don’t include a cover.”
In other books, McClay and Johnson discuss the importance of using a clear headline, which can help to sell the letter.
The best cover notes, they point out, “have the headline, ‘This is the headline of this letter.'”
The best writers also use an abbreviation.
McClay points out, for example, that the most powerful cover letters always start with “The.”
McClain also points out the benefits of a strong, clear cover letter: “If you can’t get a cover from your boss—and, of course, your boss probably is not going to hire you for this—then the best advice I can give you is that you shouldn’t use it at all.”
But even with all the benefits McClain offers, the coverletter can still come across as condescending or uninspired.
According to McClain in The Cover Letters, the best writers write “the best cover for the job you’re trying to get done.”
He notes, “I have a strong feeling that it would be more effective to say, ‘I’d love to help you, but I’m just not sure you’re the right person for this job.'”
In fact, when it comes to writing a cover, McClatch says, the most important part of writing a good cover letter “is the headline.”
He continues, “A headline is a very important element of a cover—it’s the most relevant thing in a cover and it says something to the reader.”
That’s why you want to write the title right, he says, but also use a sentence to really say the same things.
The first sentence is where you want the reader to understand the author.
The second sentence is how the author explains what the letter is about.
“A good headline should tell the reader, ‘this is the point of this piece.
This is the main idea behind this piece.'””
A great headline should give a clear explanation of the point the writer is trying to make,” McClatch concludes.