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It’s perfectly understandable that new job seekers make mistakes in the cover letters they write to go along with their resumes. Understandable, but unacceptable nonetheless.

If you want to put your best foot forward in the cover letter you send along with your resume, be sure NOT to make these mistakes:

Not remembering to enclose your résumé and any other materials to which your cover letter refers.

Making typos. Typographical errors send a message of “I didn’t care enough about this to run my spell checking program” so make certain that you edit your work very carefully.

Forgetting to change the name and address of the company from the last company you sent it to before you print out your cover letter.

Applying for one position but mentioning another position in the body of your cover letter, unless it is already mutually understood that the position for which you are applying is a “jumping off” post for another position later on.

Trying to impress the potential employers with your knowledge of their company when you have only the most basic idea of what it is the company does.

Keep your cover letter short, sweet, accurate and to the point and it will serve you well!

Inappropriate tone. Always use a positive manner. Make sure the letter strengthens your candidacy. It might help if you had someone else read the letter as well.

Unrelated Career Goals. Personalize each letter for the employer. Show a genuine interest in the position. Remember that the employer is interested in what you can do for the company. Every part of the letter should support the purpose for which you are writing. If you are applying for a position as a sales representative, include only the experience you have that pertains to that position.

Emphasizing a lack of experience. Do not call attention to your shortcomings in a letter. You should only emphasize your strengths. Focus on your skills, experience, and ability.

Misrepresentation. Never, ever misrepresent your experience or skills in either your cover letter or résumé. If it is discovered, it is grounds for immediate dismissal. If you have achieved something, say so, but do not exaggerate to the point of misrepresenting the facts.

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