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7 Do's and Don'ts for Better Cover Letters
1. Don’t write just a line or two in an email when applying for a job. Do always use a formal cover letter.
2. Don’t write a generic cover letter that is obvious to the employer. Do take the time to write a cover letter that is distinct and appealing for that job.
3. Don’t write about why you are a great candidate for any job. Do take the time to explain why you are a fit for the specific position to which you are applying.
4. Don’t just have one gigantic paragraph in your cover letter. Do use a three paragraph structure:
I Explain what position you are applying to, where you saw the vacancy posted (or better yet, who referred you) and why you are qualified. (3 sentences).
II Discuss your relevant experience, education and qualities for the position. Stay on target as to what would be appealing for the reader as opposed to a life history. (5-6 sentences).
III Express your strong interest in the opportunity. Explain why they would be the type of organization for which you would like to work. (2-3 sentences)
5. Don’t point out your weaknesses. Do emphasize your strengths for the position.
6. Don’t just write why you are interested in the job. Do tell the organization what interests you about the job but also what makes you passionate about the company.
7. Don’t neglect to address your cover letter to a specific individual. Do your research and direct your cover letter to the appropriate person in the company.
-Lavie Margolin - Contact me for coaching, resume writing, interview prep., salary negotiation, LinkedIn tutoring, outplacement or to speak at your next event! (914) 525-0965 Laviemarg@lioncubjobsearch.com