6 Classic Cover Letter Don’ts

As one of the leading employment agencies in Miami, Future Force knows that writing a cover letter is agonizing for many candidates. But it doesn’t have to be if you avoid a few classic “don’ts”. Here’s a look:

Don’t #1: Using “Dear Sirs” in Salutation

When addressing your cover letter, don’t ever use the “Dear Sirs” salutation. The person receiving the letter could be a woman and it makes you look old fashioned. Instead, if you don’t know the name of the hiring manager, “Dear Sir or Madam” is fine. If you can find out the name of the person receiving resumes, then that’s even better.

Don’t #2: Forgetting to Include the Job Title

If you’re applying to a larger company, chances are they are hiring for more than one position. So if you don’t include the job title, you’re forcing the hiring manager to try and decipher which position you’re applying for. If there are two similar positions, this could be difficult. Do them (and yourself) a favor and include the job title.

Don’t #3: Focusing on Yourself

Yes, you need to tell the hiring manager about yourself. But what you don’t want to do is focus on what you want in a new job and employer. Instead, concentrate on the value you can bring to a hiring manager – in other words, specific reasons as to why they should hire you.

Don’t #4: Sending a Boilerplate Letter

The Internet is a wonderful thing. But you’re not doing yourself any favors if you find a cover letter on it and simply copy it. Hiring managers see these kinds of letters all the time and they won’t think much about you as a candidate if you don’t provide some unique and compelling information why they should consider you.

Don’t #5: Using Vague Statements

Avoid tired and vague statements about your background, such as:

  • “My background is ideal for the position.”
  • “I meet the requirements for the position.”

Instead, offer real world examples why a hiring manager should invite you in for an interview. You’ll be far more memorable as a candidate.

Don’t #6: Being Arrogant 

On the flip side of the vague statements are the arrogant and boastful ones – such as “Your search has ended. I am the perfect candidate.” Regardless of how skilled and talented you are, no one wants to work with someone like that. So skip the silly claims and just be yourself.

Need more cover letter – or job search – help? Call Future Force. As one of the leading employment agencies in Miami, we can help you with the entire job search process, from cover letter to connecting you with jobs that are right for you. Simply contact us today to get the process started or search our Miami jobs now.