What are some of the common mistakes we should avoid while writing a cover letter?

by Abhijeetverma1822
1 answer
| Share :

1 answer

RE: What are some of the common mistakes we should avoid while writing a cover letter?

Surabhi Dewra
Surabhi Dewra
Verified Career Expert
Founder and CEO at CareerGuide.Com
  • Noida

Hi Abhijeet

Cover letters are a great way to get an employer interested in your résumé and you. There are certain commonly made mistakes that will diminish all the hard work you put into writing your cover letter and résumé. You can avoid this by carefully reading your cover letter and checking for some of the following mistakes.

  • Using a non-specific form of address

Make every effort to find out the specific person that your cover letter should be addressed to. Don’t take the easy way out and use a non-specific form such as “To whom it may concern” or “Dear Sir or Madam”. This only demonstrates that you were too lazy to find out the name of the hiring manager

  • Repeating rather than introducing your resume:

Do not repeat things that have been mentioned in your resume. No one wants to read the same thing twice. The cover letter should be what sells reader on your skills. Like the jacket cover introduction to a good book, the cover letter should give the reader a taste of the great things to come and encourage them to read more.

  • Inappropriate tones:

The tone of any cover letter should be polite without being obsequious and professional without being too stiff. Remember to use active language. Do not beg or sound desperate.

  • Unattractive layouts or using too fancy fonts:

Do not get noticed for the wrong reasons. Be sure that your cover letter is set up to look neat and sharp, and that you follow a consistent design scheme. Separate the paragraphs through proper spacing and use Times, Arial or Verdana fonts.

  • Resume not enclosed:

        Another sign that a candidate is lacking in the attention-to-detail department: sending a cover letter without a resume. Though it seems like a ridiculous mistake to make, there are far too many people that send out a cover letter and forget to include what is really important here, their credentials.

  • Demanding the employer:

Never demand something of the employer in a cover letter. A common mistake is to say "I'm looking for a position that will adequately challenge me." The employer will have the impression that you expect to be put into a position that meets your needs, not the employer's.

  • No signature:

One of the most important things employers are looking for nowadays is an employee with a great attention to detail. Sending off your cover letter without having signed it is one sure way to assure the interviewer that your attention-to-detail skills are certainly lacking. Remember to sign with a black or blue ball point pen .do not use a script font on your PC.

In order to post replies to the question: "What are some of the common mistakes we should avoid while writing a cover letter?"

Post Reply


Procedure to become an IAS Officer after completion of Graduation?

Hello Mamata, There are no such special requirements to be eligible for appearing for the IAS exam as you simply need to pass any academic degree from .. read more

What can I do for IAS being a candidate of B-Pharmacy?

Hello Dishant, You are saying that you have been graduated in B-Pharm. Then you are eligible to appear for the IAS exam in the first place. You have t .. read more

Process to become an IAS officer after passing B.Sc? What is the scope of statistics?

Dear aspirant, If you have completed your B.Sc. degree from a recognized university then you are eligible for appearing in the IAS - CSE which is held .. read more

What courses to do after completion of 12th Class to become IAS Officer?

Hello Girjesh, It’s nice to hear from you that you are aspiring to become an IAS officer. You would be happy to know that it requires you to hav .. read more
Most Popular

Sir main Pmt ke liye preparation kar raha mujhe last revesion kaise karna chahiye?

<a href=; DU LLB 2017</a> <a href=http://www.exams.chekrs.com/pu-ba-llb-exam> Punjab BA LLB Exam 2017</a> <a href=http://www.e .. read more

What are the main work and responsibilities of a Human Resource Manager?

Human Resource Manager is responsible  for looking after the entire spectrum of HR activities including manpower planning, recruitment , training .. read more

I am a commerce graduate and confused between various options like cfa, mba, and job. What should I choose?

M.Com should be on last priority. The best option would be to continue with EY, and prepare for CAT simultaneously. The work ex will help you in getti .. read more

What to do after b.com professional ?? confused betwen mba .. m.com nd civil services

Hi, Suprit The following link gives you details of the syllabus for the Civil Services exam. . You will know how to go about preparing for the same ye .. read more