Cover letter myths

Cover Letters are an important limb of every job seeker’s curriculum vitae. Well, almost. Gone are the days when a book used to be judged by its cover or a woman used to be appreciated only according to her looks. A cover letter is today a potential part of any resume and its contents can sway the decision in the candidate’s favor. There are a large number of employers who insist on having a cover letter along with the resume. A cover letter basically highlights the candidate’s suitability to the particular post for which he or she is applying. This article strives to uncover the general myths that are associated with cover letters.

  • Framing the letter with sophisticated and hard-to-understand words – There is a general perception that cover letters need to be written in a formal language that should consist of complicated words. Being a letter of introduction, you need to simply state, in very simple words, why you think yourself to be fit for the job. You could also state how in the event of the recruiter liking the resume, you could be contacted for a formal face to face interview.
  • Pruning it down – Another myth that job seekers often tend to follow is to keep the cover letter really short and making the introduction in a single and small paragraph. This is completely wrong. Your cover letter needs to be reasonably lengthy, at least in 4 paragraphs stating very clearly why you would be suited for the job.
  • Making it hand-written – Do not ever make the mistake of giving your employer the impression that you do not know how to type out a formal cover letter stating your job objectives. If your handwriting is bad, then there is no end to your troubles.

These are some of the few factors that you might like to keep in mind while framing the cover letter. In the long run, it will help you a lot.

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  1. Joseph says:

    Very useful tips. Surely, i’ll use them when preparing my next cv