11 Things that Should Not be on Your Cover Letter

The sheCareer job application series provides you with all the relevant information to master the creation of your job application. The cover letter is probably the first thing a recruiter sees when looking at your file. Here are 10 Things that Should Not be on Your Cover Letter because they could be counterproductive to the success of your application. 

11 Things that Should Not be on Your Cover Letter

  1. Walls of text without spacing
  2. Grammar mistakes
  3. Spelling mistakes
  4. Too much personal information such as hobbies etc.
  5. Childhood stories as reference for interest in the position
  6. Private background as reference for your suitability
  7. Salary expectations
  8. Questions
  9. Misstatements
  10. Discussion of reasons for leaving your current position
  11. Mentioning of work experience not relevant to the new job
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When writing your cover letter, always make sure to do your research first! This includes informing yourself about the company and the job you’re applying for. Also don’t forget that a cover letter should highlight your professional achievement relevant to the job you’re applying for. Even if you have some very valid personal interest in a certain position, it’s best to leave this out of your cover letter. 

The central purpose of a cover letter is to be a professional statement of intent or motivation for your application. So before submitting your application, it’s worth checking it for these 11 things that should not be on your cover letter.

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Hannah 

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