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Things recruiters HATE to read on a cover letter4 min read

April 12, 2021 3 min read
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Things recruiters HATE to read on a cover letter4 min read

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A cov­er let­ter is a great way to catch the eyes of the recruiter with a more per­son­al­ized touch. It is also a for­mat that is essen­tial­ly your “sub­tle” show-off place, where you can show­case your pas­sions, inter­ests and exper­tise. Then why is that the peo­ple often ask, “What else can I do with this cov­er letter?”?

Writ­ing and updat­ing your cov­er let­ter can be a daunt­ing task for each of us. This is main­ly because no one real­ly knows what all a recruiter seeks in one. I under­stand that a cov­er let­ter should be main­ly dic­tat­ed accord­ing to the indus­try and writ­ten accord­ing to the depart­ment you are apply­ing in. How­ev­er, there are sub­tle things that an employ­er, espe­cial­ly a human resource asso­ciate (a company’s van­guard while hir­ing per­son­nel), can eas­i­ly detect and take into account while hiring.

To make a great cov­er let­ter, cer­tain things have to be kept in mind that the recruiter gang despis­es and catch­es in an instant.

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1. An impersonal approach towards the cover letter

One of the first things that a per­son real­izes while see­ing some words for him is the sense of belong­ing­ness and how much of she/he is shown con­cern. This is a rea­son why there is a great need for per­son­al­iza­tion while writ­ing emails, texts. Even I have to keep in mind that I have to be per­son­al to all peo­ple who want to know ways to improve a cov­er letter. 

A cov­er let­ter is no dif­fer­ent. Hence, any per­son who is mak­ing one has to be res­olute to keep his cov­er let­ter from you, per­son­al­ly, and for his per­son­al employ­ee require­ment. This means no “to whom it may con­cern”. Also, one should keep in mind that as it should not be vague­ly writ­ten with no spe­cif­ic abil­i­ties. One of the best ways to keep it that way is to por­tray your skills in a more quan­tifi­able yet com­pact way, so it becomes eas­i­er to under­stand while leav­ing the recruiter intrigued.


2. Cover letter is not an abridged resume!

The recruiters already got your resume, why both­er them with more of the same. A cov­er let­ter is a place to be a per­son­al­ized and cre­ative writer who likes him­self, and not a sum­ma­ry writer look­ing for employment.

My rec­om­men­da­tion here would be to write in order to entice the read­er. This means to write after a great deal of self-assess­ment and be as per­son­al to the recruiter, indus­try and the com­pa­ny as pos­si­ble. This also does not give you the right to be a show-off with claims that have no back­ing. In oth­er words, be real to your­self and the recruiter.


3. KISS (Keep it simple, stupid.)

This is a sug­ges­tion that I would like to share with the 22-year-old me. A cov­er let­ter has to be a short doc­u­ment that is easy on the eyes (in terms of col­or schemes and fonts). Save some­thing for the interview.

A cov­er let­ter has to be a pre­lude to your inter­view. As your resume will be indulging in your pro­fes­sion­al career, this let­ter is sup­posed to be a doc­u­ment that does not waste the recruiter’s time. Its con­tent should be crys­tal clear, yet keep­ing the recruiter intrigued for the inter­view.

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You may have realised that a cov­er let­ter is not a very easy thing to write by this time. With no set for­mat, it is a place to sim­ply be you while leav­ing some ques­tions that the recruiter has to ask. Keep­ing the oth­er points as a rule of thumb, go on and write a cov­er let­ter wor­thy of praise in your indus­try and your future workplace.

But, all this infor­ma­tion loaded and no exam­ple?!? Relax, I got you. Here is a great arti­cle was writ­ten by Recep­tix show­cas­ing point­ers and sam­ples for mak­ing a cov­er let­ter. You can also check out this great arti­cle by Zety explain­ing how to write a cov­er let­ter in 2021.

Just keep in mind that no one knows you bet­ter than your­self. Imprint­ing that men­tal­i­ty on paper can work won­ders for your letter.

Go get’em!

Things recruiters HATE to read on a cover letter
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