Cover Letter Dos and Donts
- Neat, clean and well presented
- Style should be consistent
- Word process with absolutely no errors
- Ensure the tone of the letter reveals your desire
and interest for the position
- Maintain a business-like fashion
- Refrain from using graphics or non-standard fonts,
unless perhaps, it would demonstrate a creativeness demanded
by the type of work applied for. (Be
very selective when using this style-type)
Cover Letter Donts
- Do make sure you have signed your name.
- Do proofread the letter to avoid spelling or grammatical
- Do ensure that the letter is clean, neat and pleasing
to the eye.
- Do send an original letter; never a photocopy
- Do present a clear, concise and comprehensible
- Do let your enthusiasm and interest show.
- Do focus on your strengths and support with examples.
- Do try to obtain the name of the person receiving
the applications; otherwise Dear Sir/Madam: is acceptable.
- Do include your resume for additional information.
- Dont print your cover letter on inexpensive
- Dont send the same letter to different employers.
- Dont include irrelevant information.
- Dont make excuses.
- Dont use typefaces that are overly fancy.
- Dont send out a cover letter this is disorderly.
- Dont assume that the reader will fill in
pertinent data that you may have left out.
- Dont forget to include where or how you
can be reached.
- Dont hand-write your cover letter unless
requested; always word process.
The cover letter is your initial
introduction to the prospective employer -
Make it happen!