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7 Killer Cover Letter Mistakes to Avoid

7 Killer Cover Letter Mistakes to Avoid

Peter Vogt | MonsterTRAK Career Coach

Not Using Standard Business-Letter Format

The student’s cover letter looked more like a cut-and-paste email than a business letter. It had no recipient information, no return address and no date. The letter screamed unprofessional.

Be sure your cover letter uses a standard business letter format. It should include the date, the recipient’s mailing address and your address.

The Nursing Cover Letter Quiz

1. True or False: You only need a cover letter when a job posting specifically asks for one.

True
False

It’s Not All About You

It may seem counterintuitive, but your cover letter, like your resume, should be about the employer as much as it’s about you. Yes, you need to tell the employer about yourself, but do so in the context of the employer’s needs and the specified job requirements.

Typos and Grammatical Errors

Employers tend to view typos and grammatical errors as evidence of your carelessness and inability to write. Proofread every letter you send. Have a friend who knows good writing double-check it for you.


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