When you’re applying for a job, your cover letter is not always requested but when it is, it’s your opportunity to show the hiring manager that you’re the perfect candidate for the job. But cover letters can be tricky – it’s easy to make mistakes that will ruin your chances of getting an interview. That’s why I’ve put together this list of do’s and don’ts for writing a cover letter. Follow these tips, and you’ll be sure to impress any recruiter or hiring manager!

Do’s:

  • Be sure to double-check your cover letter for spelling and grammar mistakes. Nothing screams “unprofessional” like a cover letter full of errors.

  • Make sure you tailor your cover letter to the job you’re applying for. Your cover letter should show how your skills and experiences are relevant to the role, not just a generic cover letter that could be applied to any job.

  • Show some personality! Your cover letter should give the recruiter or hiring manager a sense of who you are and why you’re excited about the role.

 Don’ts:
 
  • Don’t just repeat your resume in your cover letter. A cover letter should cover new ground and provide additional context to your application.

  • Don’t submit a cover letter that is too long. Make sure you keep it concise and cover only the most important points. Anything over one page is too much.

  • Avoid using clichés or generic phrases in your cover letter. A cover letter should be unique, so make sure to use language that reflects your own experiences and goals.

 In conclusion, writing a cover letter is an important step in the job search process, and it comes with its own set of do’s and don’ts. By following these tips, you can create an effective cover letter that will help you stand out from the competition.
 
 Good luck!
 
 Stephanie Renk