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How NOT to Write a Cover Letter

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1. Not Using Standard Business-Letter Format

The student’s cover letter looked more like a cut-and-paste email than a business letter. It had no recipient information, no return address and no date. The letter screamed unprofessional.

What’s YOUR Cover Letter IQ?

Be sure your cover letter uses a standard business letter format. It should include the date, the recipient’s mailing address and your address.

Even if you’re e-mailing it, be sure to include this information. In the body of the e-mail, paste the text of the letter. Then attach (as a PDF to preserve any formatting) the full letter.

#2: It’s Not All About You

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