The Dos and Don’ts of Writing A Cover Letter

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  • DO be specific.
  • 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.

DON’T be afraid to name drop.

If you know someone in the company who is good at their job, or if you and the hiring manager have a friend in common, make that clear in the first few lines of your cover letter. “Stefanie Jones suggested that I reach out to you about the account management position at Fabulous Company because she feels I’d be a good fit for both the job and the company culture.” (Photo: Klaus Vedfelt/GettyImages)

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