The 4 Sentence Cover Letter That Gets You The Job Interview

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Modern-day cover letter is your introduction—of any kind—to the employer.

There are essentially three ways this occurs:

1. Cover Letter
2. Email (with attached resume)
3. Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

Your “cover letter” has three goals:

1. Explain why you’ve contacted the employer.
2. Provide insight on who you are and what you offer.
3. Show enthusiasm and interest in hearing (back) from the employer.

You can accomplish these three goals in four sentences, which I discuss in the video. You can also grab the free download to see the exact format!

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Andrew LaCivita is an internationally recognized executive recruiter, award-winning author, trainer, and founder and chief executive officer of milewalk and the milewalk Academy. He’s dedicated his career to helping people and companies realize their potential, consulting to more than two hundred organizations and counseling more than eleven thousand individuals. He often serves as a trusted media resource and is the author of Interview Intervention, Out of Reach but in Sight, and The Hiring Prophecies.


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42 thoughts on “The 4 Sentence Cover Letter That Gets You The Job Interview”

  1. pink panther of the south says:

    Great video very helpful thank you

  2. Hidden Chestnut says:

    Well, a guy in his home office must be right.

    I'll give it a go and lets see what happens!

  3. 66Shubhrata Gawas says:

    What should my cover letter if im a fresher. And have no experience

  4. charity burnett says:

    good stuff man!

  5. Shayla Green says:

    Dude seriously thank you

  6. Katerina Tema says:

    Thank you. Very helpful!

  7. Sagar says:

    I will try this. Thank you may God bless you

  8. Career Interrupted says:

    Great perspective on this. Too often candidates are all over the place with cover letters. Using the job description as a guide is really useful (it literally has all the details of what the employer is looking for!)

  9. baigali baasanjaw says:

    You gotta tailor your cover letter and resume to the needs of the role and the company!!! Otherwise, it shows you didn't even bother to take the time to read few lines on the company and the role! Tailor, tailor, tailor!!! Seriously, is this a title to get more views? Because it really wastes job seekers' time and opportunity.

  10. Liz says:

    I have a question about the third point: I have a professional summary and I could name 3 significant accomplishments that could be in alignment with the position I am applying for, but what if there are additional requirements in the job listing that I don't necessarily have experience doing? Do I just tailor it to the skills on my resume that align with the job description? It doesn't help that this job opening is one which I have been waiting for ages to apply for.

  11. DoctorArt PhD says:

    NEVER, EVER use: "To whom it may concern". This is a no-no.

  12. Annika says:

    Hi Andrew or who ever is open to help me,
    I'm studying at a collage and need to apply for an internship. I don't have any experience or references so I'm wondering if this method will work under these circumstances. (I'm from Germany and wanna apply to South Korea so the resume looks a little bit different here…)

  13. mark Nunyabusiness says:

    Great tips

  14. Kendall Ross says:

    Great job. Thank you for the useful information

  15. Anabella Balbuena says:

    Tried of my desk job!! Doing some leg work at future job!

  16. supersonic3000delm says:

    He says to use 4 sentences, but the descriptions he gives make me think that each of the 4 sentences should start a paragraph. Am I mistaken? Thoughts??

  17. Víctor Manuel Arráez says:

    Thank you. Thanks to this video I felt confident writing a cover letter for a job abroad.

  18. johan says:

    How should u do this if uve been unemployed for 3 years since uve graduated collage?

  19. Darryl Andre says:

    Disagree with "any position in your organization".
    It's arrogant, suggests desperation and tells the employer you don't care what you get.
    "Any position in your organization" may mean that you want the janitorial job. It's important to have clear boundaries with goals.

  20. Nika Nikanjam says:

    Thank you.

  21. Tunde says:


  22. Askar Moideen says:

    Anyone can write here a cover letter with include all these 4 settence??

  23. Scott Horning says:

    You are the man Andrew! Great freaking videos. Thank you and God Bless.

  24. Wedding planes says:

    It worked for me. Thanks Andrew!

  25. Emily Lifman says:

    Thank you Sir!!

  26. Jack Helean says:

    Appreciate your straight to the point style, good tips thanks

  27. Noobie Gardening says:

    Thank you! This is great guidance, the point about recruiters not having much time to read a whole drawn out cover letter struck a nerve with me, you are absolutely right. Brevity is the way to go, short and sweet.

  28. Kaur Jasnoor says:

    Thank You Very Much! I got the job! as a Production Assistant!! in LA

  29. Rashedul Alam 1230030030 says:

    could anyone tell me what are the 4 sentences? i can not open the link. it not loading. Thank you

  30. D3C4B5 says:

    starts at 2:48

  31. M. Mamun says:

    Starts at 3:00. You're welcome.

  32. The Honest Trader says:

    I used this advice, and now I'm a US president.

  33. Teja says:

    COPIED: I am writing to inquire about the opening for A. I offer B years of experience in the C which makes me a strong candidate for this opening. The top portion of my attached resume highlights my career profile and three significant accomplishments that are in alignment with this position.

  34. Mohamad Ehsan Motivational Speeches says:

    Andrew Lacivita such short and good way your explain make cover letter really so good method to write cover letter

  35. james Joh says:

    hello from america

  36. another day aboveground wise old man says:

    Starts 2:44

  37. World Lit says:

    You possess amazing presentation skills. Dankeschön also for your last video on how to be confident in front of a camera.

  38. Ashley Santos says:

    Do I mention that I'm currently on a vacation in a cover letter?

  39. Sword and words says:

    You look unemployed.

  40. JourneysPlus says:

    It seems like 95% of the people got their dream jobs by writing a 4-sentence cover letter. Are these paid actors or is this for real? If yes, can some of you copy and paste exactly what you wrote? Of course, remove your personal info Or company name etc.

  41. Gavin Hebert says:

    So the cover letter would only be 4 sentences total? Or would this be how you start each paragraph. I’ve heard it should be around 250 words, not too sure though. Thoughts?

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