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5 Cover Letters That Worked

Tania Khadder | Excelle

February 23, 2010

We talk about them all the time: cover letters.

We share general tips, explore best practices, and warn of the most common cover letter mistakes.

What we haven’t done is give you specific examples of real cover letters that worked. Until now!

Excelle has tracked down five cover letters that helped job seekers land an interview. Sometimes, they even got the job. Each one is different, but they all — in one way or another — manage to avoid some of the most common blunders.

1. The Mistake: Repetition
The Cover Letter That Worked

2. The Mistake: Being Too Vague
The Cover Letter That Worked

3. The Mistake: A Weak Opening
The Cover Letter That Worked

4. The Mistake: Not “Answering” the
Job Description
The Cover Letter That Worked

5. The Mistake: Not Customizing
The Cover Letter That Worked

About the Author:
Tania is a writer, editor, blogger, and TV enthusiast. She likes indie rock, good food, vodka gimlets, and living in San Francisco. She also likes dancing, but of course, not to indie rock. Tania has a BA in Anthropology from UCLA, and an MA in International Journalism from City University in London. She’s also co-founder of the blog Unemploymentality. When she isn’t writing, she’s spending time with friends and family, obsessively surfing the web, or much to everyone’s annoyance, doing both simultaneously. Check out her latest blog, Lipstick & Lemonade. Add her to your Excelle network!