As I am sending out applications to prop firms I can't help but wonder if the cover letters I am writing have anything to do with the chances of me actually getting noticed at some of these places. My cover letters follow a fairly typical format: Paragraph 1: Let them know what you're applying for, where you heard of the position, and brief intro about yourself Paragraph 2: Highlight relevant skills, express your interests, why they should hire me, show some enthusiasm for trading Paragraph 3: Wrapping up, closing arguments, etc I was wondering if I should go for a bit more of an attention grabber that I've seen in job application howto books and websites like, "I knew I was hooked on trading when....", or "I spend all my free time following the markets and have decided that this is what I want to do with the rest of my life......" or something else equally dramatic. Not sure I'd use those specific examples but I think I've illustrated my point. My question is what kind of cover letters are people here sending out to prop firms? The former or the latter? Also, if anyone here by chance has worked in prop firm recruiting or knows someone who does, does the cover letter really matter, or is it just a dearth of relevant experience on my resume that makes the odds so long for getting responses?