Avoid common mistakes that could make your cover letter awful with these writing tips.
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Step 1: Avoid exaggeration
Tell the truth. Refrain from exaggerating about what kind of a worker you are or about your experience. A good way to make sure you're not exaggerating is to cite specific examples from your work experience that applying to the description of the position you're applying for.
Step 2: Personalize it
Let the employer know that you are applying to their company, not just any company. Personalize the letter with specific things you like about their products, services, or organization.
Address the letter directly to a person, not a "sir or madam." If you can't find a contact name, use a title like Hiring Manager.
Step 3: Read and reread
Read and reread to check for errors. A spell checker can find spelling errors, but it can't correct everything.
Step 4: Include contact information
Don't tell them you'd love to hear from them and forget to include a phone number or e-mail address. Put your contact information in the letter even if it is already on your resume.
Step 5: Don't copy your resume
Write about the skills you have that would be useful to their organization, but don't just copy your resume. This is a time to tailor the message to the job you are applying for.
If you are mailing or faxing the letter, leave a space for a signature.
Step 6: Stay within limits
Stay within limits -- this means two paragraphs for an e-mail letter and five for mailed and faxed letters. If you get the letter just right, you'll leave the hiring manager wanting to know more!
Did You Know?
On average, an employer spends less than 20 seconds reviewing a resume.