How do you start a cover letter?
What needs to go into the first paragraph of a cover letter? What does the employer want to see in the first paragraph?
You'll find quite a bit of info along those lines on my step-by-step cover letter page
, but in general, the first paragraph is where you introduce yourself, your interest in the job and the company and show a bit of your personality. It will draw the reader into the rest of your letter if you do it right.