The cover letters that you send while applying for a job in a company play an extremely important role. They act as a symbol of your first impression before the company officials and as it is said your first impression is the most crucial part, drafting your cover letter in the right way is a tremendously important thing. Here we are not discussing about how to draft an efficient cover letter but pointing out what not to do while drafting your cover letter.
Following are some of the obvious mistakes that are committed by the applicants which should be avoided.
Do not make your cover letter too lengthy: Your cover letter should be a short and precise one. It should not exceed a word limit of 250 words. The hiring authorities require the cover letter just to decide whether you have the capability for the job depending upon which you will be invited for a personal interview. The hiring officials receive many letters and given the limited time available to them, do not bother to read lengthy letters. On the contrary your cover letter should not be too short. To sum it up, the length of your cover letter should signify the authorities how much you need the job but not show your desperation for the job.
Do not specify and write the items from your resume: Your cover letter should not include items from your resume. It not only creates a bad impression by repetition of content but also signifies your lack of skills to write an efficient letter. The fact that you have included the resume along with the letter itself says that the hiring authority has it for verification of your credentials that are important according to them. You need not impress them especially upon the authorities by yourself.
Avoid using ready-made templates for your cover letter: Never use any online ready-made cover letter from the internet. Always emphasize on drafting the cover letter by yourself. The use of ready-made templates not just shows your lack of interest in the job but also shouts out your lack of confidence in your own self. Using templates not only removes the authenticity from your letter but you also cannot freely include the points and virtues in you and in what way can they be suitable for the job. If you cannot write your own cover letter, consult a professional for helping you out with it but never use the available templates.
Never specify your gains from the company: Given the fact that you have short listed the job according to your requirements and you exactly know what will be your gains from the job, never show it to the company officials by expressing them out in your cover letter. You can figure out how you can benefit from the company and your job after you get it. Instead include the ways in which you could help the company benefit from you. The company hires you for a job with an interest in how it can benefit from your presence and not the other way round.