Many of us may not know that a cover letter is an introduction about you to the employers or recruiters and it is a major supportive document for your resume. It should contain the basic information like why you are opting for the job. A good cover letter will definitely make a recruiter to get noticed. It is very important to recognize the importance of cover letter and avoiding the mistakes also. Make ensure that you cover letter and resume has been prepared to get you a job. A well combination of resume and cover letter will definitely help you to get a job. The major cover letter mistakes done by a job seeker or candidate are as below:
♦ Not addressing the cover letter to the concerned person: You should address the cover letter to the direct recruiter to whom you want to send your resume. Do some research and send the cover letter to the direct recruiters which will creates a great impression.
♦ A cover letter with pages of content: Your cover letter should be a brief of your resume and it should contain the objectives of the job you applied for. Sometimes recruiters may go through your cover letter instead of your resume for short listing.
♦ Unique format for cover letter: Many job seekers use unique and different formats to stand apart from the crowd. But a simple and professional cover letter creates great impact. It is not advisable to use fancy formats, different fonts and emotional images etc.
♦ Repeating the same information from resume: A cover letter is a snap shot of your resume but not a copy print of your resume. Presenting the same information in cover letter may deviate recruiters attention from cover letter to resume.
♦ Cover letter without knowing the information about company: Do some basic research about the company and prove yourself in front of recruiters that your are most suitable person for the culture and fit for the company. Without any information about the company, recruiters may cancel for the candidature.