Cover Letter Mishaps
It’s universally agreed that writing your own resume can be challenging, if not downright agonizing. Job seekers seem to face the same plight when it comes to writing the cover letter. As a recruiter, I see a lot of these and I’ve got a few tips I’d like to pass on:
- Keep it short. When writing your cover letter be sure to make it no more than three paragraphs. Explain who you are, and why you are qualified without repeating what is in your resume.
- Do not include salary requirements. While the subject of salary is important, do not bring it up in your cover letter.
- Avoid headshots. This may come as a surprise to some, but including a headshot in a cover letter is generally frowned upon.
- Proofread. More often than not hiring managers will judge your competency based on your cover letter and your resume. Be sure to always proofread before hitting the send button. If an employer sees spelling or grammatical errors, they may assume that your work ethic in the office will be just as sloppy.
- Words count. Memorable cover letters usually have two things in common – they show personality and they are well-written. Cover letters can give an employer a glimpse of who you are beyond credentials. Try to avoid sounding like a job description, and choose words that sound more human and demonstrate energy, ambition and drive.
We all want our application to be the one an employer remembers. A well-written cover letter can help you leave that great impression you are hoping for.
–Laura Templeton, Senior Recruiter, Team Red Dog
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