Cover Letter Dos and Donts

  • Don’t ever send your resume without a cover letter.
  • Do address your letter to the appropriate person (e.g. the hiring manager).
  • Do send an original letter to each employer.
  • Don’t use clichés such as “Enclosed please find my resume” or “As you can see on my resume.”
  • Don’t depend on the employer to take action. Request action. Request an interview and tell the employer when you will follow up to arrange it. Then make sure you follow up.
  • Don’t have any typos, misspellings, incorrect grammar or punctuation.
  • Do keep the cover letter brief—one page maximum.
  • Do tell the employer how you can be of benefit to the company.
  • Don’t rehash your resume. Use your cover letter to highlight the aspects of your resume that are relevant to the position.
  • Do avoid the three most common cover letter mistakes:
       Not addressing the letter to a named individual
       Not asking for an interview
       Not talking about what you can do for the employer
  • Do use Action Verbs
  • Don’t forget to personally sign the letter (if mailing the letter).
  • Do use emailed cover letters—keep them shorter and more concise.
  • Do contact Career Services for assistance in writing your cover letter.
     

Last Modified: 1/18/17 4:38 PM