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    BenGas
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    Seven Cover Letter Mistakes that will knock you off the job - Wining Sample uploaded here

    Post by BenGas on Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:23 pm

    Seven Cover Letter Mistakes that will knock you off the job


    I saw this article and wish to share it with the forumites. I had also drafted a simple but very attractive cover letter template that can hook you up to the employers based on the corrections given by the author. Remember to modify the cover letter each time you want to submit it in order to fit the position you are applying to. just download the sample below this writeup.



    The job seeker's resume was impressive. The formatting was impeccable, the content was excellent, and he did a great job but focused only on accomplishments, negleting the job duties. If I were an employer, I would have been impressed, but then I looked at his cover letter and imagined the employer tossing that perfect resume into the trash bin.

    Many college students and recent grads destroy their resumes by accompanying them with halfhearted or downright terrible cover letters. While some employers don't bother reading cover letters, most do. And they will quickly eliminate you if you make these cover letter mistakes:

    1. Using the Wrong Cover Letter Format
    The student's cover letter looked more like a cut-and-paste email than a business letter. It had no recipient information, no return address and no date. The letter screamed unprofessional.
    Be sure your cover letter uses a standard business-letter format. It should include the date, the recipient's mailing address and your address.

    2. Making It All About You
    It may seem counter-intuitive, but your cover letter, like your resume, should be about the employer as much as it's about you. Yes, you need to tell the employer about yourself, but do so in the context of the employer's needs and the specified job requirements.

    3. Not Proofing for Typos and Grammatical Errors
    Employers tend to view typos and grammatical errors as evidence of your carelessness and inability to write. Proofread every letter you send. Get additional cover letter help by asking a friend who knows good writing double-check your letter for you.

    4.Making Unsupported Claims.
    Too many cover letters from college students and recent grads say the applicant has "strong written and verbal communication skills." Without evidence, it's an empty boast. Give some examples for each claim you make. Employers need proof.


    5. Writing a Novel
    A good cover letter should be no longer than one page. Employers are deluged with resumes and cover letters, and their time is scarce. Make sure your cover letter has three or four concise but convincing paragraphs that are easy to read. If your competitor's letter rambles on for two pages, guess which candidate the employer will prefer.

    6. Using the Same Cover Letter for Every Job and Company
    Employers see so many cover letters that it's easy for them to tell when you're using a one-size-fits-all approach. If you haven't addressed their company's specific concerns, they'll conclude you don't care about this particular job.
    It's time-consuming but worthwhile to customize each cover letter for the specific job and company.

    7.Not Sending a Real Cover Letter
    Some job seekers -- college students, recent grads and even those with years of work experience -- don't bother sending a cover letter with their resume. Others type up a one or two-sentence "here's my resume" cover letter, while others attach handwritten letters or sticky notes.

    There is no gray area here: You must include a well-written, neatly formatted cover letter with every resume you send. If you don't, you won't be considered for the job.

    __By Peter Vogt
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    Re: Seven Cover Letter Mistakes that will knock you off the job - Wining Sample uploaded here

    Post by Naijamotions on Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:37 pm

    Nice one
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    Re: Seven Cover Letter Mistakes that will knock you off the job - Wining Sample uploaded here

    Post by tamus on Tue May 07, 2013 12:07 pm

    so on point man
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    Re: Seven Cover Letter Mistakes that will knock you off the job - Wining Sample uploaded here

    Post by pa_j on Wed May 08, 2013 10:45 am

    must I attach my cover letter with every cv i submit?
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    Re: Seven Cover Letter Mistakes that will knock you off the job - Wining Sample uploaded here

    Post by De Gud on Wed May 08, 2013 11:35 am

    yes i think so!










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    Re: Seven Cover Letter Mistakes that will knock you off the job - Wining Sample uploaded here

    Post by pa_j on Wed May 08, 2013 2:56 pm

    thanks man

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    Re: Seven Cover Letter Mistakes that will knock you off the job - Wining Sample uploaded here

    Post by ezepeterson on Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:26 am

    @Bengas
    Thank you very much for sharing and the sample you created, its indeed very helpful

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    Re: Seven Cover Letter Mistakes that will knock you off the job - Wining Sample uploaded here

    Post by Alhaji_John on Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:45 pm

    thanks OP, i just downloaded for my siblings. keep it up guys

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