How Not to Get a Job: Bad, bad, bad cover letters

6 August 2007 at 6:40PM Leave a comment

Martin Burns at the good to know blog has some sterling examples of bad, bad, bad cover letters he has received. His suggestion?

What I need is to see some effort at communicating with me about why you’re a great fit here – no generic cover letters, no one liners, etc. Put some effort in, and check your spelling people – these things are your absolute first impression with a potential employer, and often a deal killer.

I AGREE! I’ve received the two examples he quotes from many different people. Go check them out.

Yes – Martin is the ZoomInfo guy.


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1. "I can't tell you the best way to get a job - because there is no one best way. After 21 years of recruiting, I CAN share things I've seen candidates do to guarantee they DIDN'T get the job."

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