When it comes to writing a cover letter, most of us have the same general thought – “UGHHHHHH!”. Writing about why you deserve a job should be easy, right? However, when it comes to crafting the perfect cover letter, many of us end up committing the same errors. Let’s take a look at five big mistakes…and what to do instead.
Mistake #1: Not proofreading thoroughly.
Solution: Read over your cover letter after you finish writing it. Then, read it over again…and maybe even one more time for good luck. Make sure there are no typos (not one!) and that your grammar is on point. Nothing gets an application tossed out faster than sloppy proofreading.
Mistake #2: Not customizing your cover letter for the specific position & company you’re applying for.
Solution: Get specific! Don’t send through the same cover letter for every job you apply for. It will likely seem “canned” and may give the impression you’re not that interested. Instead, put some real thought into why you want the job and what makes you a fit.
Mistake #3: Reiterating what’s already in your resume.
Solution: Use the opportunity to share what isn’t already mentioned in your resume. If you want to discuss a specific experience or accomplishment on there, go into more detail about why it makes you a good fit for the job you’re applying for. Focus on a few achievements that really emphasize why you’d do well in this position.
Mistake #4: Submitting a cover letter that is more than one page.
Solution: Keep it concise – don’t feel the need to over-explain everything. Hold the hiring manager’s attention by keeping it short and to the point.
Mistake #5: Calling out your weaknesses.
Solution: Focus on your strengths. Just because you’re missing a certain requirement, doesn’t mean you need to highlight that for the hiring manager. You’ll have time to discuss those issues during an interview.
Do any of these mistakes sound familiar to you? Be sure to tackle them before you send out your cover letter.
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