of cover letter writing
Avoid giving the impression that you are either too
lazy to find a PC or too outdated to use word-processing
Don't sign your name in coloured ink
Don't discuss your emotions, feelings or sensitive
issues (such as chronic illness)
The employer is only interested in what you can do
and how you would do it. If there are unusual circumstances
to discuss, wait until the end of the interview.
Don't mention your salary history unless this is
Determine how closely you meet the needs of the position
before discussing your salary. Revealing salary details
too early may bias the employer against you or undermine
your negotiating power.
Don't include any negative information of any kind
Discussions of why you left your last job, how you
were made redundant, why you did not like your last
manager and difficulties you have experienced in your
job search are inappropriate in cover letters. Focus
only on positive, relevant experiences.
Don't repeat words or phrases from your resume
Your cover letter is a chance to add extra value and
really draw the recruiter's attention to the ways in
which you match the job. No-one will bother to read
the same information twice.
Don't use correction fluid
No matter how subtly it is used, correction fluid always
creates a bad impression.