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Don't Make These Cover Letter Mistakes - Part 2

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 more mistakes that contribute to bad cover letters. To ensure that your cover letter is effective, avoid these mistakes:

A particularly effective way to deploy the specifics of a want ad to your advantage is to use a two-column format in which you quote in the left-hand column specific qualifications that come right from the employer's want ad and in the right-hand column, your attributes that meet those qualifications. The two-column format is extremely effective when you possess all the qualifications for a job, but it can even sell you when you are lacking one or more qualification. The format so clearly demonstrates that you are qualified in so many areas that the employer may overlook the areas in which you lack the exact qualifications. See a sample letter www.quintcareers.com in a two-column format.

Read more www.quintcareers.com. 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 www.resumesandcoverletters.com and Creative Director for Quintessential Careers www.quintcareers.com. She is a Credentialed Career Master and Certified Electronic Career Coach. She can be reached at mailto:khansen@resumesandcoverletters.com.