10 Common Cover Letter Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

Too many job applicants let these slip through.

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Too many job applicants let these slip through.

What are some horrific yet true cover letter mistakes? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. 

Answer by Erin Berkery-Rovner, Career Advisor, Former Recruiter, Freelance Writer, on Quora:

Here are some fairly common cover letter mistakes:

  • Writing the wrong company or persons name or job title or any piece of information.
  • The same as above but the start of the cover letter addresses company A and the last paragraph mentions company B.
  • Typos, especially if it's the name of the person who is reading the cover letter.
  • Insulting the company culture or performance. (While pointing out ways you can improve the company can be prudent, depending on the role and application, it must be handled with tact.)
  • Intimating that you're too good for the company.
  • Not having a tailored cover letter.
  • Not writing a cover letter when it's needed. In my experience, most people don't read them, but the people who do take them very seriously.
  • Uploading a cover letter and no resume.
  • Uploading a cover letter in a font that is unreadable.
  • Name dropping someone that the hiring manager either doesn't know or does not like.


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Too many job applicants let these slip through.
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