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Vol. 16, Issue 47 - Week of November 20, 2017

3 Cover letter mistakes to avoid in 2018Abridged: Huffington Post

NEW YORK, NY -- 1. Focusing too much on yourself: The company you're applying to is hiring because they need someone to do something for them. They want to know what it is that you can do for them. While it's key to share your accomplishments, get in touch with why you're able to fill the void that they have in place. Then make your achievements known in a way that lends well to the duties of the position.

2. Sharing too many details of your work experience: Depending on your job history, this could translate into a very crowded and confusing cover letter. Instead of focusing in on each position you've ever held, ask yourself: What experience do I have that's relevant to the job I'm seeking? Tailor your cover letter to speak to those skills instead of giving a full synopsis of your time at each position.

3. Writing about something uncomfortable: Don't go into why you were laid off or fired from a job, or why you recently relocated to a new city. Focus on the now. Employers want current information. Why you were laid off or quit is not important, and will be seen as a red flag. Your intention to address an issue can and will come across more as shining a spotlight on your insecurities. Focus on achievement and the job at hand.

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