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How NOT to Write a Cover Letter

Zac Frank

August 06, 2009

5. Writing a Novel

Brevity is the soul of wit.

A cover letter (like a resume) should be no longer than one page. You may think that you have so much experience you need more to effectively detail it. Trust me, you don’t.

Employers are deluged with resumes and cover letters, and their time is scarce. Make sure your cover letter has three or four concise but convincing paragraphs that are easy to read. If your competitor’s letter rambles on for two pages, guess which candidate the employer will prefer.

#6: Using the Same Cover Letter for Every Job and Company