Stand out from the crowd with an unusual cover letter

Amongst all the applications a job posting might receive, how can you stand out from the crowd? One way is with an attention-grabbing cover letter. In addition to work-related skills and experiences, it’s likely that we all have something in our past that’s a bit out of the ordinary. The trick is to make that relatable to the job you’re applying for.

The following sample cover letter is intended to show how you could do this. It’s not just unusual in content but also in a slightly less formal, chatty style. Yes, this is risky, so it’s up to you to decide just how unusual or safe you want to be, but hopefully this provides food for thought.

Dear [Employer],

I am writing to apply for the [Position] at your company. I am excited about the opportunity to join your team and contribute my skills and experiences to your organization.

I know that my background and qualifications make me an excellent fit for this position, but I also wanted to take a moment to share something unique about myself that sets me apart from other candidates.

You see, I am a world-class yo-yo champion. Yes, you read that right - I am a yo-yo champion. I have been practicing and competing in yo-yo contests for over 10 years, and I have won numerous awards and accolades for my skills.

But what does this have to do with the [Position] at your company, you might ask? Well, my yo-yo skills have taught me valuable lessons about focus, perseverance, and creativity, which are all traits that are essential for success in this role. Plus, I have developed excellent hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills through my yo-yo training, which will come in handy in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment.

I believe that my yo-yo skills and my professional experiences make me a well-rounded and unique candidate for the [Position]. I would be thrilled to bring my talents and passion to your team.

Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss how I can contribute to your organization.

[Your Name]

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