5 cover letter mistakes to avoid


You found a job you really want to apply for, and you’ve read how to make your CV stand out. The only thing missing is your cover letter. Here are five common mistakes to avoid.

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1. Don’t send a generic letter

One of the most common mistakes when sending a cover letter is sending the same cover letter to every employer. Tailor your cover letter to the position and job description you’re applying to. Back up your statements with concrete examples and make sure you communicate your strengths. This will definitely help convince the reader that you are the right person for the job in question.

2. Get rid of spelling mistakes

Face it, you’re only human. Mistakes can happen, but unfortunately for you, spelling mistakes can cost you a potential interview. Why? Studies have proven that managers tend to dismiss cover letters full of errors and bad language. Carefully proof read your cover letter before sending it, maybe ask some friends for help. Discovering your own spelling mistakes can sometimes be harder than you think.

3. Don’t make it too long or too short

Many people make the mistake of keeping their cover letter either too short or too long. Try to stick to 3-4 paragraphs, and make sure to keep your cover letter clear and straight to the point. Remember that people tend to get bored looking for answers.

4. Don’t make it all about you

Companies hire to solve a problem. Making the cover letter about yourself, your achievements and your needs, will therefore decrease the chances of having your cover letter read and ultimately moving forward in the hiring process. Focus on the company’s needs, not your own, as this will provide the reader with valuable information on how you are the perfect problem-solver.

5. Don’t repeat your resume

Many people tend to repeat their entire resume when writing a cover letter. Remember that the recruiter already has your CV! Instead, try to focus on your experience and what you’ve done in the past that is relevant to the job you’re applying to.