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Writing A Cover Letter

What to avoid when writing a cover letter

We’re halfway through 2015 and so many people have been saying that no one reads cover letters anymore. It’s not true, cover letters are still a very important tool in the hiring process and it’s imperative that you to get it right.

Here are a few statements that you should avoid when writing a cover letter to give yourself the best chance in finding your next job.

 

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I’M A VERY QUICK LEARNER

This sounds like you don’t have the skill set you require for the job, however, while I understand that being keen to learn is a great assert you also need to back it up. Talk about past experiences on how you were able to learn a skill set on the go and from that you were able to add value to the business. This gives the potential employer a better understanding of your capabilities. 

I PRIDE MYSELF FOR THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

Please don’t say this, you should take this as an opportunity to write how you think outside of the box without actually saying those cringe-worthy words. You could show some humour or write your cover letter in a really creative way. This will certainly show that your cover letter isn’t the norm and that you can definitely think and act outside the box. 

I BELIEVE I’M THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THE JOB

Look we all really appreciate your confidence here but wow it’s a little too much, especially in a cover letter. Save that for when you get the interview, talk about your qualifications and experiences that you can bring to the role and why you’re the candidate they are looking for. This still shows that you’re confident without being full of yourself.

Just remember be true to who you are when writing your cover letter and if you avoid a few of these statements the right job will be just around the corner. 

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