The Dos and Don’ts of Writing A Cover Letter

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  • DON’T waste your opening.
  • DON’T be afraid to name drop.
  • DO summarize your career.
  • DON’T be afraid to pat yourself on the back.
  • DON’T forget to research the company.
  • DO express genuine enthusiasm.
  • Level Up.
  • DO address it correctly.
  • DO be brief.
  • DO be specific.

DO summarize your career.

The key word is “summarize.” Don’t give a blow by blow, year by year account of your work history—that belongs on your résumé. Just give a quick summary that shows your breath of experience. (Photo: laflor/Getty Images)

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