How to Write an Opening Paragraph of a Cover Letter

The first paragraph should only be your introduction. Give a brief idea of who you are and tell the employer how you have learned about the opportunity. Mention how your career goals align with the company's goals.

The opening paragraph should answer the following questions:

  1. Who are you?
  2. Where does your expertise lie?
  3. How did you learn about the position?
  4. And why do you want to apply?

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