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The Do’s and Don’ts of Cover Letters
The Do’s
Do have a clean, readable design and consistent style – Your cover letter is your very
first encounter with a personnel manager or prospective employer. Its structure, format
and content may reveal more or less about yo urself as a future employee than you intend.
Be certain that your letter is focused, concise, clear, and well organized.
Do tailor your letter to the job for which you are applying – Your cover letter should
be targeted to emphasize selected, relevant information for each different position and
organization. Many cover letters are pointless because they just say, "here is my resume –
call me". Form letters are always unacceptable.
Do print your letter on good quality bond paper that matches your resume - Make
sure that the print is dark and legible and the paper free of smudges and stains.
Do be proactive - If you want an interview, don't leave the ball in the employer's court.
You will be far more likely to schedule an interview if you take the initiative in your
letter to ask for the interview, tell the employer in the letter that you will follow up, and
actually do the follow up.
Do keep a copy for your records.
The Don’ts
Don’t exceed one page - When you prepare a cover letter, remember the people
screening your application are busy individuals who prefer to review a well-written
statement that does not exceed one page. You will be on target if you include the four
"W's" of cover letters: tell who you are, what your background is, why you are interested
and qualified for the position and when you would be available for an appointment or
Don’t hand write your letter - Hand-written letters are a taboo - they convey a
lack of professionalism and are often difficult to read.
Don’t include spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors - Nothing will
eliminate you from consideration faster than a letter that contains spelling, punctuation or
grammatical errors. Since...


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