Crafting Your Cover Letter
Use these cover letter tips for writing a cover letter so your job application gets noticed by prospective employers.
Mistakes to avoid
There are several things job seekers can do in their cover letters that can actually hurt their chances of getting an interview. You will want to avoid these mistakes.
- Don’t write “To Whom It May Concern” or "Dear Sir or Madam". If you don't know the person's name, use something generic and gender neutral, like Candidate Selection Team or Dear Hiring Manager.
- Don’t use slang, like I crushed the highest sales in my region three years running.
- Don’t use correction fluid or make corrections after a letter is printed. Reprint your letter if necessary.
- Don’t write a letter that's longer than one page.
- Don’t provide false information about yourself or your qualifications.
- Don't include erroneous information about a company.
- Don’t include personal information (avoid references to religion, family, etc.).
- Don’t write poorly (avoid using cliches, exaggeration, and typographical or grammatical errors).
- Don’t use form letters and mass mailings. Each letter should be tailored to a specific job.
- Don’t include photos unless it's specifically requested.
- Don’t confess weakness or apologize for lacking a qualification.
- Don’t use an improper tone (angry, demanding, desperate, confessional, or too enthusiastic).
- Don’t include salary information unless it's requested.