Do you find it difficult to write a cover letter every time you look for a job? If that’s the case, you may need to ask a friend or mentor to help you with the overall content.
Here are some common errors and reminders regarding cover letters:
Misspelling Recipient’s Name
This is a no-no, and can put you out of the running in an instant. That is why it is important to research how to spell the recipient’s name carefully. Strive to make an effort to spell the full name correctly to avoid tricky gender issues — and avoid assumptions that you don’t pay attention to basic details.
Sir, Madam, Mr., and Ms.
There is actually no need to use these salutations. You can simply use the recipient’s full name instead. Some of the acceptable salutations you can use are Hiring Manager, Hiring Executive or Hiring Committee.
Not Changing the Company Name or Addressee When Sending Direct Mail Letters
Get ready to have your letter tossed into the recycle bin if you forget to change the company information or the contact name. Make sure to review the whole application before handing it in to avoid trouble. Keep your documents updated with a review from time to time. Check job titles — these are often different among companies. Clarify where necessary.
Including Personal Information
Some information shouldn’t be included in your cover letter or your resume. There is no need for you to discuss your marital or family status, religion, race, or sexual orientation. Only include information that is related to the job.
Fired or Underqualified
Avoid mentioning any negatives about your previous job. If you had a particularly bad experience, there’s no need to explain the situation, unless the question pops up in the interview. Focus on the positives in your letter and leave the negatives out.
In addition, do not inform your potential employer where you are lacking. Focus instead on the areas where you are strongest and will be of help to the company.
These simple tips should help you draft a cover letter successfully. Have a pair of fresh eyes when reviewing a cover letter before sending it in.
Remember, haste makes waste!