Common Cover Letter Mistakes You Should Avoid

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A cover letter is a brief introduction to who you are, and it serves to invite the reader to proceed and page through your CV

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While job hunting, one of the requirements is a cover letter tagged along with a resume. Most people cringe at the thought of drafting a cover letter, and to farm out a short-cut they end up drafting just one and then editing it whenever it is required elsewhere. And that brings us to the first mistake in this compilation of common cover letter slips-ups.

Failure to replace company name/job title: As a result of having just one cover letter which is edited, forgetting to replace the company information and the job reference is one of the mistakes that could cost you a job. Always ensure you capture this information correctly.

Failure to match skills with job requirement: It becomes a challenge when you have so much experience dredged over time, and you want to forcefully sandwich all the details. A cover letter should be precise. Therefore, you should only select skills that match with the job description and mention them in brief.

Writing a long cover letter: A cover letter is a brief introduction to who you are, and it serves to invite the reader to proceed and page through your CV. A long one will be boring and as researched by Thrive Global published, most recruiters don’t read cover letters and to increase the chances of yours being read, keep it short. 

Telling too much: Being extremely open is a mistake that sinks chances of capturing the recruiter’s attention. If you were laid off in your former job, or if the heat got too much and you had to quit and step out, never make the mistake of explaining it in your cover letter. Just tell about who you are and the skills you have. Only talk about other sensitive information if you are directly asked about it in an interview.

Spelling mistakes: Simple grammatical errors lower your credibility. Take time to read through your cover letter and self-edit. In this technology driven age, it’s even easier with spelling tools like Grammarly.  

Which among these mistakes have you made at one point? If you can avoid these simple mistakes the next time you are writing a cover letter, then congratulations, you will have bolstered your chances.

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    David | June 08, 2019 06:10

    Absolutely beautiful. Thanks so much.

    OKELLO | June 04, 2019 13:49

    Points noted. Thanks

    KAKOOZA | June 03, 2019 06:28

    Really helpful guidance,thanks a lot.

    Jackline | May 29, 2019 09:20

    Thanks

    Ashedo | May 29, 2019 06:33

    Thanks for your assistence

    KENNETH | May 28, 2019 15:49

    great lessons here

    Kithinji | May 28, 2019 15:17

    thanks

    oliver | May 28, 2019 08:42

    thanks a lot for that a concrete advice

    Nambafu | May 28, 2019 00:15

    Thanks

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    Ashedo | May 29, 2019 06:32

    No more comment but I congratulate you

    Caesar | May 27, 2019 19:32

    good advice keep it up

    SHEILAH | May 27, 2019 19:01

    Thanks.

    Peter | May 27, 2019 12:03

    This one is positive i like it.

    mirembe | May 27, 2019 09:05

    wow! its so great that I have learnt this. thanks a lot

    Gilbert Natuhwera | May 27, 2019 07:54

    A wonderful advise

    Violet | May 27, 2019 03:37

    Wow! Thanks

    Dinah | May 26, 2019 14:12

    Thanks for the nice advice

    MUKASA | May 26, 2019 09:56

    thanx

    Habert | May 26, 2019 07:52

    Good update, its a common mistake since we sometimes say its just also trying coz jobs (80%) #given on know who.

    Nemeye | May 24, 2019 20:10

    So educative. Atleast something postive. What a nice advice

    Nenice | May 24, 2019 13:59

    this is a good one

    Joseph | May 24, 2019 13:07

    Good idea

    Eunice | May 24, 2019 13:03

    Thank you for the advice

    HARRISON | May 24, 2019 12:44

    Thanks for the update, indeed those are errors we are prone to.

    Ivan | May 24, 2019 12:38

    picked a point at the start then points at the end. Thank you!!!!

    Baguma | May 24, 2019 11:40

    Greatly

    DAISY | May 24, 2019 09:10

    Thanks

    Jared | May 24, 2019 08:19

    nice one..thanks

    OGULE | May 24, 2019 07:33

    This is a good one thanks

    ocan | May 24, 2019 06:40

    Good one there

    Namwebya | May 24, 2019 06:01

    Thank you for sharing and educating us in this error on Job Hunting

    Ajilong | May 24, 2019 06:00

    Thank you so much

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    Edward Mukundi | May 25, 2019 11:53

    Yes

    Trevor | May 24, 2019 00:02

    Something learnt.

    CATHERINE | May 23, 2019 07:04

    Thanks,

    Chimwemwe | May 23, 2019 04:27

    Thanks

    Wilson | May 22, 2019 14:54

    thanks

    Stephen | May 22, 2019 05:21

    Great.

    Loyce | May 22, 2019 05:10

    Thanks for the advice

    Dalmas | May 22, 2019 05:03

    thanks

    Willis | May 22, 2019 04:13

    Indeed a great insight to our day to day errors in the job hunt business...

    IVAN | May 21, 2019 18:38

    Thanx

    TABU | May 21, 2019 16:30

    Have learnt something

    IVAN | May 21, 2019 13:47

    Thanks for your great advice .Those are the common mistake we always do

    Maradona | May 21, 2019 09:00

    thanks

    Samia | May 21, 2019 08:21

    Thanks

    Derrick | May 21, 2019 06:27

    very insightful

    Ssegane | May 21, 2019 06:25

    Indeed your absolutely right

    Joseph | May 21, 2019 05:10

    Great reminder. Thanks

    Noor | May 20, 2019 22:01

    thanks for your guidance


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