“The worst mistake I see in cover letters is candidates adding too many soft skills rather than focusing on job-related skills,” says , a career coach.
“Many fill the cover letter with content about how they are reliable, motivated and dependable.
“Close your cover letter by giving the employer your interview availability.
By doing this, the reader automatically thinks in their head, ‘Hmm, what am I doing that day?
“Focus on making your career narrative and relevant qualifications crystal clear.” In other words, tell the reader a story about not just your past jobs, but how you got where you are today and why you think this position you’re applying for is the right next step.
It’s also okay to make things a little personal, as opposed to your resume, which should be totally professional.
’ By getting into their mental schedule, you are already penciling yourself in.” Cranford’s suggested closer: “Based on your requirements and my passion for this position, I feel like I would be an ideal candidate.
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Don’t miss the opportunity to plant the seed of an interview in the recruiter or hiring manager’s head.
“This is one of the oldest sales strategies known to man, but it works,” Cranford says.