We all learn from our mistakes — but do you really want your cover letter for your dream job to be the place you make them? Even the tiniest errors on the crucial first-impression-making document could get you overlooked for the job you really, really want. As deputy editor for Cosmo , I've read through hundreds of cover letters in the course of hiring junior and senior editors and tons of interns. And when I talk to friends who hire for other types of industries, it becomes pretty clear that these are the most common — but avoidable! The more you know, right? Messing up the basics.
10 common cover letter mistakes that can hurt your career
Common Cover Letter Mistakes
As someone who has screened many thousands of resumes, I thought you might enjoy a post with examples of serious cover letter mistakes that job candidates make all the time. For most of you, I don't really think your cover letters are filled with this many errors, but maybe you'll spot something that helps anyway. And for those of you fresh out of college or new to job hunting for whatever reason, the little things really do count, including typos, grammatical errors, the way the letter looks, and even things like the font type and size you use. Your goal is to make your cover letter as easy as possible for the employer to read and quickly see why you'd be so potentially special to them.
15 common resume and cover letter mistakes
Subscriber Account active since. You've essentially got to write a new one for every position you apply to. And they can turn out fairly badly , if you don't know what you're doing. Other mistakes, however, will prompt any hiring manager to rip your cover letter to shreds, set the scraps on fire, and throw the ashes out the nearest window. Or worse, they'll think you just don't know how to spell.
Writing a cover letter when you apply for a job is increasingly optional. And not every recruiter or hiring manager is going to read cover letters: In the same survey , only 1 in 4 recruiters said they were important for the hiring process. Watkins said to avoid using templates. Too many cover letters are boring.