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7 Killer Cover Letter Mistakes to Avoid

7 Killer Cover Letter Mistakes to Avoid

Peter Vogt | MonsterTRAK Career Coach

The student’s resume was impressive. The formatting was impeccable, the content was excellent, and he did a great job of focusing on accomplishments instead of job duties. If I were an employer, I would have been impressed.

Then I looked at his cover letter and imagined the employer tossing that perfect resume into the trash bin.

Many college students and recent grads destroy their resumes by accompanying them with half-hearted or downright terrible cover letters. While some employers don’t bother reading cover letters, most do. And they will quickly eliminate you if you make these mistakes:


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    Raykia0820

    almost 2 years ago

    14 comments

    In the past, I didn't send a cover letter unless it was specifically requested by the employer. However, I now include a customized cover letter to each employer regardless.

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    outbacksz

    over 2 years ago

    4 comments

    I am agreeing with nursesourcer. When I am hiring an employee I mostly focus on a well written resume that matches the skills and the degree of experience we are looking for in the candidates

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    mathew4513

    over 2 years ago

    20 comments

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    franchessca

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    It is helpfull, but i think, you must to give the correct answer, for each quiz, so we can learn where we had a mistake and some examples would be more helpfull too

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    Account Removed

    almost 5 years ago

    as an RN, I never needed anything but to show up and fill out an app. on my job interview. I had a job within the week.. I wish i still was a practicing nurse. I loved it and loved taking care of others. I don't understand this new crap of online applications. You do not know a person till you see them in person. I left nursing with above average work

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    Account Removed

    almost 5 years ago

    thank you

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    ChrisAParise

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    where is the cover letter? I would like to read it to see the no no's

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    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

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    mgreendale

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I AM A NEW GRAD AND LOOKING FOR A JOB. I GOT A GREAT COVER LETTER. ITS MOSTLY JUST CLINICAL SKILL, BUT AT LEAST I SPELL CHECKED IT.

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    laries30

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I am agreeing with nursesourcer. When I am hiring an employee I mostly focus on a well written resume that matches the skills and the degree of experience we are looking for in the candidates. I see the cover letter as a complement but not necessarily as a requisite.

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    debsworld

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Gene, read this thoroughly it may help you in the long run.

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    nursesourcer

    almost 5 years ago

    108 comments

    I disagree w/the cover letter "need". Apparently the job seeker is looking for a job - all I want to see on the resume is the skills set I am looking for, or my hiring manager is in need of. Skip the cover letter if you ask me & focus on a WELL written resume, outlining ALL of the skills needed for the job that you apply for! You might need to craft new resumes w/each application, but that will do!

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