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Don't Make These Cover Letter Mistakes

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Your cover letter shows employers how well you express yourself. It can also demonstrate that you are savvy in the ways of marketing yourself and selling your best qualifications. A good cover letter can entice the recipient to review your resume. A bad cover letter, on the other hand, can nip your chances in the bud. Here are 10 mistakes that contribute to bad cover letters. To ensure that your cover letter is effective, avoid these mistakes:

Read more Don’t use such clichés as “Enclosed please find my resume” or “As you can see on my resume enclosed herewith.” Employers can see that your resume is enclosed; they don’t need you to tell them. Such trite phrases just waste precious space. Write a letter that will make the employer want to get to know you better.

- Katharine Hansen

Katharine Hansen is Chief Writer for Quintessential Resumes and Cover Letters and Creative Director for Quintessential Careers She is a Credentialed Career Master and Certified Electronic Career Coach. She can be reached at