Resume writing can be a drag. Putting together a job application and agonising over every single word is time-consuming enough - so do you really need to write a cover letter as well?
Nobody reads them anyway, right?!
A COVER LETTER IS YOUR CHANCE TO STAND OUT – MAKE IT COUNT!
I mean sure, if cover letters aren’t executed properly (generic, boring, talking up your mad Microsoft Word skills) no recruiter will take a second look at them. But a cover letter done right is extremely 💥POWERFUL💥 and adds immense value to your application.
I've seen managers, hesitating between two neck-in-neck candidates for a role, ask to re-read their cover letters. It's a document summarizing your fit and hunger for the role, and it can make a BIG difference. Don’t waste this opportunity, use it as your secret weapon to secure that highly desired job interview.
So how do you know if you're making mistakes in your cover letter?
Check out this video or continue reading below. ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️
Let’s look at some classic cover letter mistakes you should NEVER make:
🚫 1. MESSING UP THE FORMAT
You need to get the basics right. A well-structured layout using a modern cover letter format is an absolute must if you want to be considered for the job.
🚫 2. “TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN”
YAWN. Is anyone still doing this?
🚫 3. NOT NAILING THE HOOK
The biggest cover letter mistake out there is to not put all your effort into nailing the opening.
WHAT’S WRONG HERE?
You need to connect your readers instantly by making them feel SPECIAL.
Show them that you’re already on the same team, that your personal story or values are so incredibly aligned to the company and that you can absolutely jump right in and solve their biggest problem for them. ✔️
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🚫 4. REHASHING YOUR RESUME
There is a reason why your resume and your cover letter are two different documents, so don't repeat yourself too often.
🚫 5. BEING A CREEPY FAN OF THE COMPANY
It's great if you admire the company you want to work with, but don't be over the top. It can make you appear needy and desperate and that's not what you want.
It makes a HUGE difference having a cover letter that looks and sounds genuine with your unique twist to it, instead of boring and generic. I hope you feel empowered to take action and master your own job search with these tips and tricks. ✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼
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