A cover letter is a short introductory write up, sent in the body of an email when applying for jobs. Most times, a cover letter is the “bait” that encourages the employer to read your resume. It is therefore of utmost importance, that it is written properly.
Highlighted below, are a few mistakes people make in their cover letters that gets them shoved aside during the recruitment process. They include;
- No Cover Letter: Sending your CV as an attachment to a blank mail, or typing your CV into the body of the mail is a capital NO. A well written cover letter serves as an avenue to sell yourself while a blank email, can be seen as you trivializing the opportunity.
- The You Factor: Reciting all your needs and wants and making your needs the center of attention in a cover letter is a huge error. Your cover letter should be tailored to the needs of the organization and the value you can offer to meet those needs.
- Using Quotes: Making use of quotes (to perhaps demonstrate intelligence or to backup a claim made), is not necessary. Simply pitch yourself and the value you can offer to the organization.
- Wrong Salutation: Do a thorough research on the individuals you are writing to in order to avoid errors; especially as it relates to gender and marital status. For example, if you are unsure of the marital status of a female recipient of your mail, simply address her as “Ms”.
- Begging For The Job: You should never beg or sound like you are begging for a job in a cover letter. The tone used should be formal, firm and show confidence as this will spark the interest and curiosity of the recipient of the mail, and attract them to view your CV.
These are some of the common mistakes that you need to avoid in relation to your cover letter. To learn more about how you can improve your cover letter writing, and other lessons related to official writing, follow Competence Africa across our social media platforms and keep an eye on all our upcoming announcements.