Cover Letter Do's and Don'ts
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DO'S & DON'TS
Always address your cover letter to a
specific company or person. If possible, find out the name of
the person in the company who will be doing the hiring. Be sure to
spell their name correctly. Also avoid creating a form letter;
personalize the note for each position.
Include all your personal information:
name, phone numbers, address, email address. You want to be sure
they can contact you easily for an interview.
Be formal. Do not address the
person by their first name and avoid using slang. Do not use
contractions (won't, wouldn't, that's).
Be clear on the position that you are
applying for and where you heard about it. Employers may be
hiring for multiple positions and you do not want them to become
confused about which one you are applying for.
Be creative. Make your
intentions clear in your own words. Be sure not to use coloured
paper or stationery as this does not look professional. Letterhead
qualifications for the position clear to the person reading the letter.
If certain skills are mentioned in the job description, be sure to
mention them as well in your cover letter.
Don't sell yourself short; try not to be
modest about your accomplishments. You only have a couple of
paragraphs to convince the employer they should consider you for the
position. Show that you know what you're talking about.
Keep it brief. Only mention
your most important achievements and skills related to the position.
Remember that you have more room in the resume.
Mention your knowledge of the company or
the industry. Make the employer think that it was not random
choice of yours to apply for the position. Be careful not to go
overboard. Be sure to research in order to be sure that your
information is accurate.
sure to sign the letter. This is an important personal touch.
Ensure that your name is typed below the signature.
Limit your cover letter to approximately
three to four short paragraphs. In the first paragraph make it
clear what position you are applying for, how you came across this
position, and why you want to be considered for this job. In the
second paragraph, write about your experiences, accomplishments and
skills that relate to the position. In paragraph three, request an
interview and thank them for their consideration.
Proofread. Use your computer
spellchecker and read your letter over thoroughly. Consider
having someone else proofread it for you as well. Remember that
one error can give an employer a bad impression.
Always attach a cover letter to a resume
even if it is not requested. Make your intentions clear.