Ignore these 4 cover letters tips!



1. Failing to address the letter to the specific name of the recipient.

If you get the name of the recruiter or the department’s director, of course you should use their names. But if you don’t know the name of the person, then you should not make that up. Can you imagine the recruiter receiving a letter with a different name? “Dear Sir/Madam” is not as bad as some HR advisors portrait. You can also use the name of the company. For instance, if you are applying to a Google position you can write: “Dear Google team”.


2. Never say: “My skills and experience are an excellent fit for this position”

Why not? As long as you can validate this there is nothing bad in writing it in a cover letter. Although it sounds a little bit cliché, if the validation is supported by real and impressive achievement then the recruiter will forget about that. Don’t be afraid to start your cover letter like this. You have to start it somehow. Just make sure the content is valuable and useful to showcase your skills and professional fit to the company and position.


3. Overusing “I”

The cover letter is about you! It’s not about the company, it’s about you! So don’t be afraid to tell them about you. Use the “I” as much as you can because you have the leading role in this movie. They want to get to know you as much as they can, and at the end of reading your cover letter, recruiters will create your profile in their minds. Therefore give them enough information and the right information so they can build that image the better way possible.


4. Leaving the ball in the employer’s court.

You have done your part! You have applied to a position and now it’s their turn to get back to you. Of course we all know most of the times they don’t. You can follow-up on your application for sure but companies are not above you. Applicants have their value and they should not beg for a job. Companies don’t want that and you will not want that for you too. You need that job as much as that company needs you.



Top 10 mistakes you should avoid on your resume


1.       Misspellings and grammatical errors
No need to justify this one. It is a stand out and it can certainly influence your personal brand. Avoid them. Ask your friends and family to read your resume.

2.       Not enough or too many keywords
You have to highlight the keywords of your job in a natural way. Don’t try to put adjectives before every skill. Define what the message you want to send with your resume is and make a list of the keywords that reflect and leverage that message.

3.       Personal information
We don’t need to know your race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status and all these details. Even addresses are not that useful to employers. So focus on your value and not your personal and physical characteristics.

4.       Listing every job
Choose your past experience wisely. You don’t want to just state where you have been since you graduated. You want to focus your resume in a unique message. For that you may need to omit some experiences you had. Don’t be afraid to do it.

5.       Outdated layout
Your layout and resume design makes the first impression on recruiters. They need to do 2 things: have a different and creative layout and be really easy to read. So make sure your resume layout is unique and it allows employers to go through it easily.

6.       Too much information
You don’t want to fill your resume with useless information because you know recruiters won’t read it. Avoid more than 2 pages resumes. Your layout is going to be responsible for that first impression about your resume having too much information or not.

7.       Generic summary
Summary is one of the first things recruiters look at. If they start reading it and it sounds like all the other 1001 summaries, your chances on having them reading the rest are close to 1%. Please be specific and be you. You think you know what recruiters want to hear but you have no idea.

8.       Irrelevant and unmeasurable duties

One of the main problems about most of the resumes we receive at Impressive Resumes is about duties-driven descriptions instead of accomplishments-driven descriptions. Focus on what you accomplished and not what you were responsible for. Choose your contributions to each work experience and detail them with measurable achievements.

9.       Providing references
Employers ask if needed. Don’t waste one line to state the obvious.

10.   Including a picture
We have covered this issue before on our blog. It is a dubious question but choose not to have a picture on your resume. It can only work as a benefit.