Cover letters are a must-have in the application process. They give you an opportunity to showcase your skills beyond the traditional resume. And each part of your cover letter reveals something important to potential employers.
Unfortunately for some job seekers, not all of the revelations are positive. Take a look at some examples of real-life cover letter sentences that don’t quite make the cut in our competitive hiring landscape:
Some meticulously write their resume… but then treat their cover letter as an afterthought, resulting in a mistake-riddled, dull and under-performing document.
The following four cover letter mistakes—and accompanying remedies—will help sharpen your cover letter saw…
How many times have you replied to a job ad via e-mail by sending a copy of your resume and cover letter? I’m going to guess at least 20 (but more likely hundreds of times) if you’ve been searching for a while. Here are some of the worst, and most common, mistakes we’ve seen. Eliminating these will greatly improve your chances of being noticed.
I was helping a friend fill a job opening. In doing so I shared some of the job details with some groups on LinkedIn. In my message, I said:
“For more details, send me your resume and a super cover letter explaining why you are the perfect fit.”
In my mind, I thought I was pretty clear the cover letter should be super and explain why the candidate is the perfect fit. Perhaps I wasn’t as clear as I thought…
After our “7 Words I Never Want to See on Your Resume” post, many asked if those same rules applied to cover letters and interviews.
Our answer, for the most part, was “yes!” Cover letters, after all, can contain just as many red flags to a prospective employer as a resume – and can end your chances of getting an interview just as fast.