Frequent Cover Letter Errors

Frequent Cover Letter Errors

  • Using pre-printed form letters rather than individually typed letters
  • One or more spelling, typographical or grammar errors
  • Using overly formal language, rather than writing as if having a conversation with the reader
  • Typing on "erasable" paper, or using copy paper instead of "resume" bond paper
  • Lack of organization, failing to have an attention-getting opening, persuasive middle section and/or a motivating ending
  • Double-spacing letter so that it takes two pages to cover what could be said in one
  • Lacking graphic appeal. Typed too high or low on the page, margins too narrow, or using dot-matrix printer
  • Paragraphs are too long and uninviting to the reader
  • Forgetting to sign the letter, indicating a lack of attention to detail
  • Using one or more initials rather than first name, projecting coldness and leaving the reader ignorant as to whether a response should go to "Ms." or "Mr."
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