The Dos and Don’ts of Writing A Cover Letter

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  • 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.
  • DON’T waste your opening.

DON’T forget to research the company.

What’s going on with the business? Is it undergoing a sale? While a cover letter isn’t the prime place to demonstrate your knowledge of the company—that would be your interview—wouldn’t you feel silly if you mentioned your past work at the company that is taking over and you didn’t make the connection in your cover? (Photo: Image Source/Getty Images)

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