Five Cover Letter Mistakes
Written by Teena Rose of Resume to Referral
Teena Rose is a certified and published resume writer and author of "The 20-Minute
Cover Letter Fixer" and "Cracking the Code to Pharmaceutical Sales."
Use Resume to Referral for a high-end, high-quality resume and cover letter package.
To ensure you're always using a cover letter properly, let's review its intended
purpose. A cover letter primarily connects your resume to an open position.
To understand the importance of such a connection, you only need to put yourself
in the position of a hiring manager for a day. Hiring managers, recruiters,
HR personnel and others within the hiring realm, see several dozen - or potentially
a hundred or thousand - resumes per day. How receptive would you be at matching
resumes up with the positions open within your company?
What's great is that a cover letter need not only spell out how you're a perfect
fit for the position, but can also address salary issues, employment gaps, and
any other qualification discrepancies, along with willingness to travel, availability
for interviews, and provide a catalog list on how your career history matches
the company's requirements.
Use a cover letter about 95% of the time. The only exception is when the resume
is hand-delivered to a hiring manager or when a phone or in-person discussion
resulted in agreement to have the resume dropped by.
Below is a list of errors to avoid when sending a resume to hiring companies:
SLOPPY COPY: MARGINS, FONT, PICA, AND WRITTEN MATERIAL. The first impression
given to any hiring agent is based on the overall appearance of your cover letter
because it's the first item seen before proceeding onto the resume. If a cover
letter arrives on that person's desk without consistent margins, font, pica,
and without effective writing, your document has the potential of being “dead
in the water” before the reader even thinks of turning the page.
LISTING UNRELATED SKILLS OR QUALIFICATIONS is probably the most common mistake
candidates make. A highly skilled and educated person is wise to mention significant
achievements that pertain to his or her current position or title. Listing irrelevant
information in the cover letter can actually leave a negative impression; so
revolve every sentence in your letter around the company's needs and expectations
NO CONTACT NAME LISTED. By not listing a contact name, this shows lack of detail,
not to mention, allowing the document to float around the office rather than
sitting on the desk of the hiring agent. What if no contact information is available?
Make a phone call to the company, or ask someone in your network for a contact
name. Anytime you can add a personal salutation to your correspondence, you increase
your chances of it being seen by the right person.
INCORRECT OR INCOMPLETE ADDRESS. Double-check everything - even if you pulled
the address from the phone book, a classified ad, or the company website. Check
two different locations to verify that the address you're listing is 100% accurate
IMPROPER BUSINESS FORMAT. The lack of proper business format is another common
mistake. Use acceptable business format margins (.75” to 1.0” left and right)
and knowing when to indent and double space. To add an additional amount of flair
to your letter, utilize the same font, margins, and header as with your resume.
When viewed as an entire package, it will look very professional and consistent.
By following these simple dos and don'ts, the art of creating a cover letter
should become somewhat painless. One last word of caution, however. Before sending
any document, ensure to proofread, proofread, and proofread! A person can never
be too careful when the fate of a great job is on the line.
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