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7 Killer Cover Letter Mistakes to Avoid

7 Killer Cover Letter Mistakes to Avoid

Peter Vogt | MonsterTRAK Career Coach

Unsupported Claims

Too many cover letters from college students and recent grads say the applicant has “strong written and verbal communication skills.” Without evidence, it’s an empty boast. Give some examples for each claim you make. Employers need proof.

Writing a Novel

A cover letter should be no longer than one page. Employers are deluged with resumes and cover letters, and their time is scarce. Make sure your cover letter has three or four concise but convincing paragraphs that are easy to read. If your competitor’s letter rambles on for two pages, guess which candidate the employer will prefer.

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

Using the Same Cover Letter for Every Job and Company

Employers see so many cover letters that it’s easy for them to tell when you’re using a one-size-fits-all approach. If you haven’t addressed their company’s specific concerns, they’ll conclude you don’t care about this particular job.

It’s time-consuming but worthwhile to customize each letter for the specific job and company.

Not Sending a Real Cover Letter

Some job seekers — college students, recent grads and even those with years of work experience — don’t bother sending a cover letter with their resume. Others type up a one or two-sentence “here’s my resume” cover letter while others attach handwritten letters or sticky notes.

There is no gray area here: You must include a well-written, neatly formatted cover letter with every resume you send. If you don’t, you won’t be considered for the job.

Read the original article Avoid These 7 Killer Cover Letter Mistakes on Monster.com.


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    Raykia0820

    about 2 years ago

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    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

    almost 3 years ago

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    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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    franchessca

    almost 5 years ago

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    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

    about 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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    about 5 years ago

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    ChrisAParise

    about 5 years ago

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

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    mgreendale

    about 5 years ago

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    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

    about 5 years ago

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    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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    about 5 years ago

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    nursesourcer

    about 5 years ago

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    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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