Avoiding Cover Letter Mistakes

Preparing a cover letter when looking for a job may help improve one’s chances of getting hired. The primary purpose of the cover letter is usually to accompany one’s job resume and serve as a fitting introduction that recruiters and employers would be reading first. There are right and wrong ways to prepare a cover letter. Here are some of the mistakes that should be avoided.

Don’t Use "Dear Sirs" As The Salutation Address

Many people tend to go the impersonal approach in addressing their cover letters. Most of the times, this can turn some recruiters off easily. More so, addressing recruiters simply as "Dear Sirs" would not bode well for the applicant especially if the recruiter happens to be a woman.

A good way to start a cover letter is by addressing it directly to the name of the person it is going to, usually the recruiter or the employer. It can be as easy as contacting a company’s HR department to inquire whom to address your application letters to. The worst case scenario would be that the HR people may not provide you with the names. In this case, you can instead address your cover letter as "Attention: HR Department". That would still remain formal.

Do State The Position Being Applied For

Many job applicants want to do it the easy way by making a general template of their cover letter and job resume that will cover almost any position available out there. But this can also be a mistake since many companies may want to know what position specifically the job applicant is applying for. This usually is the case for larger companies that post several job ads for different positions at any one time. Not being able state the specific job position on the cover letter may be enough to cause confusion and for the recruiters to do reject it outright.

Review Cover Letters Before Sending Them

According to most job recruiters, a big turn off for them when handling job applications is seeing too many typographical and grammatical errors on cover letters and job resumes. Such errors alone may warrant a rejection from most job recruiters, believing that such errors tell a lot about the job applicant.

In order to avoid such mistakes, it would be good practice for job applicants to thoroughly review their cover letter as well as their job resumes to look for even the most minor of errors and correct them. This will help build up some credibility to back up an impressive resume by having an error-free cover letter and other documents that goes with it.

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