When it comes to showcasing job experience, it’s imperative that a resume look spectacular. Many people spend so much time writing or reviewing the resume that they neglect to pay attention to important cover letter dos and don’ts. Whether you’re a job seeker or a hiring manger, here are some tips to pay attention to when it comes to the cover letter:
- Do take the time to submit each resume with a cover letter if you’re a job seeker.
- Don’t use a generic cover letter that isn’t specific to the company or position for which you’re applying.
- Do customize each cover letter to the very best of your abilities. It’s okay to create a general template, but you should be able to customize each submission, even if just by including the name of the company and the position for which you’re applying.
- Don’t be redundant. Your cover letter is your opportunity to highlight and elaborate on the items found in your resume. Avoid simply restating the phrases included on your resume.
- Do address your cover letter to the appropriate person(s) whenever possible. It may take some digging, but it often pays off well. Search the company’s site and research LinkedIn to find the name(s) of the appropriate person(s), in addition to any relevant positions and job titles.
- Don’t submit a less-than-perfect cover letter. This means triple-checking your grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and making sure that any hard copies that you’re submitting are free of stains and smudges.
- Do notify the employer of the time and date on which, and the method by which, you plan to follow-up (then make sure you actually do follow-up). Unless phone calls are expressly not permitted, commit to a time on which you will call the company ensure that all materials were received and answer any questions the hiring manager might have.
- Don’t hand over a hard copy cover letter without a signature.
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