Five Cover Letter Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Five Cover Letter Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Five Cover Letter Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Problem 1 : Self-Serving Slipups  Sure, you're promoting yourself. But one applicant wrote, "I'm interested in seeing what your firm can do to help me find new clients."

Admit it: You struggle when writing cover letters. That's OK. Everybody does. After all, what's more challenging than to stare at an empty computer screen and attempt to convince an employer to hire you? Résumés are much easier because their tone is basically a "just the facts, ma'am" recitation of career accomplishments. But a one-page cover letter demands more finesse, as well as some self-marketing language. In pursuing this effort, quite a few candidates come up with some ill-conceived practices that quickly land their job application in the reject pile. To find out more, we connected with CareerBliss.com on the following real-life cover letter mistakes, along with advice for avoiding them. While the five samples may seem extreme, they're actually reflective of miscues that hirers say are quite common. So keep in mind the tried-and-true advice your parents gave you: You never get a second chance to make a first impression. CareerBliss is an online job posting/company review/professional advice site.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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