Cover Letters: What "NOT TO DO"

There are extensive resources available that teach job seekers how to draft the perfect cover letter.  For many job seekers, the most efficient and cost-effective way to write an exceptional letter is to hire a Certified Professional Resume Writer. You may want to review the services we offer, and read our credentials.

We would be happy to help you secure your dream position. We write resumes and cover letters for a living.  We do it every day, and we do it right. Below, we have provided you with a list of what not to do when developing a cover letter.

DO NOT:

  • Write the letter so it looks and sounds generic and canned, like a template from your word processing software.
  • Focus on you and your goals.
  • Use the words "I" and "me" excessively.
  • Include numerous spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.
  • Print your letter using a low quality printer on cheap stationary.
  • Submit the letter without a date, company address, or contact name.
  • Use the salutation "Dear Sir/Madam" if the contact name is unknown.
  • Forget to sign the document.
  • Write a two-page letter; one page is the standard length for a job application.
  • Leave out your reasons for wanting the position.
  • Indicate your current salary or your salary expectations – unless they are requested by the employer.
  • Fail to request an interview.
  • Fail to demonstrate your problem-solving skills by using specific examples.
  • Fail to show your appreciation when you close the letter.
  • Forget to say what you can offer the company.
  • Show that you did not do any company research.
  • Mention your shortcomings or any other negative or controversial topics.

Remember, this is a list of what not to do.

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