Dear recruiter (or hiring manager or HR),
I see you have some job openings that you are making decisions on. I'm sure you are getting hundreds of résumés and are overwhelmed by the amount of information you have to go over, just to narrow it down to a few good candidates. I wish you well as you go through this tedious process.
Right off the bat, you'll see a problem with me as a candidate for this position. You see, for the last eight months I've been unemployed and busy looking for another job. I was let go with hundreds of others in a corporate downsizing. The month I got let go was one of the worst months in our nations economy, and thousands of my peers and coworkers ended up on the street. You know how the last year has been.
I'm an active job seeker, which is a problem for you.