The following items combine to create a completely ineffective cover letter:
- Sending three unsolicited cover letters and resumes within a year
- Leaving the subject line of the email blank
- Leaving the email message blank
- Sending the cover letter as an attachment
- Addressing the letter "To Whom it May Concern" or "Dear Sir/Madam" when the manager's name is easily found online and obviously of the opposite gender.
- Soliciting for a position that doesn't exist in the department you sent the letter to.
- Not replying when the reader took the risk to click on the unlabeled message, open the multiple attachments and write back to you to get more information.
A cover letter is your opportunity to target your message to a specific reader, explain why you are writing and highlight your most relevant skills, experience and accomplishments. Don't miss out.
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