Ignore these 4 cover letters tips!

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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.

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What part of your resume is being read by recruiters?

A recent study from The Ladders shows how is the recruiter’s behavior when it comes to resume screening and evaluation. According to the study, recruiters waste an average of 6 seconds to the first screening of resumes. So you have 6 seconds to convince them why you should go to the next phase.

An “eye tracking” scientific technique was used in 30 recruiters for a period of 10 weeks, examining the ocular movements while evaluating several resumes. After that they were able to identify what parts of resumes are more looked at and for how long.

These are what recruiters spend more time looking at:

  • Name
  • Positions/Roles
  • Companies
  • Dates
  • Education

Here you have 2 examples of different resumes and their differences are clear.

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The one in the right was more looked at because it’s easier to read and it has a structure.

Make sure your resume is readable and that you highlight the names and positions you held in the past or you are looking for in the future. Make your resume stand out, or ask us for a little help at www.impressiveresumes.net.