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5 cover letter mistakes you are most likely doing!

A cover letter is necessary to demonstrate your communication skills, strengthen your candidacy, and increase your odds of landing that interview.

A lady shocked after making a mistake on her cover letter.

If a recruiter has to choose between two identical applicants with equally good resumes but one of the candidates has a cover letter to go along with it, who do you think the recruiter is going to prefer? Why would you want to risk doing anything that could hurt your chances of landing the job of your dreams?

Having a cover letter may not mean enough too if your cover letter is not professional and has all these mistakes -

  • Your cover letter talks all about you - Instead of making the cover letter all about you, you need to show how your experience and skills fit into the broader needs of the company you're applying to. Showing how you're a good fit for the role and how you can add value to the company will help you immensely.

  • Your cover letter repeats your resume - This is a very common mistake. The recruiter already has your resume - your cover letter is an opportunity to stand out from other candidates by highlighting your work experiences that match the requirements of the company.

Cover letters thrown in the trash.
  • You are writing personal things on your cover letter - Your cover letter is not the place to tell your new boss about your job loss or the recent financial struggles you've faced. The harsh truth is that they don't really care. Also, avoid writing about why you were laid off or fired from a job, you can save that for the actual interview. You may wish to explain your employment gaps if any.

  • Your cover letter is longer than one page - Your cover letter does not need to be an essay. Nothing is worse than a long cover letter that makes the hiring manager tired just looking at it. Almost 70% of employers prefer a cover letter that is one page or less.

  • You are not using keywords - Applicant Tracking Systems or ATS even browse and scan cover letters to find qualified candidates. Your cover letter is more likely to stand out to the hiring manager if they see keywords and phrases relevant to the position and the company.

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