Cover Letter Faux Pas

As a candidate you put forth so much effort into carefully writing a professional resume and customizing it to the job you are applying for only to compromise all that hard work by not doing the same with your cover letter. If you really want to land that next position you need to put as much thought into creating your cover letter.

That letter is the first chance you have of representing who you are to a prospective employer. Just like your resume, it’s a reflection of what kind of person you are. When writing it, be precise. Modify each one you send out to be sure you are addressing the correct person, and have the correct title of the job you are pursuing. So many candidates use the same cover letter for every job they apply for only to forget to change these two major items.

It’s best to add a few bullet points about how your experience matches the job description, but don’t add too much information, or duplicate everything on your resume. Sometimes less is more, so don’t make your cover letter too long.

Before submitting your cover letter and resume, reread the job description. If it states to include something specific in your cover letter, or subject line, be sure to ‘follow the directions to the letter’. Incorrect or missing information or a cover letter which is poorly written will not get your resume read, and, will not get you that job, so always remember to double check your information. Do a spell and grammar check before submitting it and always be sure to “ask for the job interview”.

A great cover letter may not guarantee you the job, but a poorly written one can certainly prevent you from attaining it.

About Professional Recruiter Associates

Professional Recruiter Associates is a firm of executive search consultants working internationally and dedicated to matching the right Employees to our client base. We specialize in finding a candidate for those “hard to fill” positions, where a very limited number of people are capable of doing the job. We take on the responsibility of carefully analyzing not just a resume, but the whole person, in order to determine if a candidate can do the tasks asked for by our client. Our process includes several steps, from initial client contact, to doing our executive search in order to find a potential employee matching the job description, to presenting and placing that candidate within the company. Our executive search consultants fully understand the issues of real business that our clients experience on a daily basis. Our added value is that we know your industry and approach assignments from a clear business perspective.
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