June 17, 2002

Poor cover letters annoy hiring managers

Poorly written cover letters annoy hiring managers, who consider them a reason not to interview their senders. Poor cover letters are often too long and wordy. Unfortunately, many cover letters are loaded with choppy or run-on sentences, or they follow a canned format.

Other problems to avoid include presenting the exact same information that is in the resume, using clichés such as "I'm confident my skills and abilities will be beneficial to your company," and using the personal pronoun "I" more often than necessary.

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