In the last couple of months, a half dozen people
have sent example or draft cover letters to me to
Rather than displaying one or two, let me just get
to the plain facts:
Most serious issues:
1. starting off with “I”; then continuing to use
first person singular sentences throughout. The
worst offender had 21 “I’s” in the one page letter.
2. Not sending it to a specific person. It is a
significant point that you show you have done
your homework to send your resume and address
the cover letter to a decision-maker, or a person
who will bring the resume to the decision-maker.
3. Not indicating the position you seek on top. Also
include date and address on top in a business
4. Not indicating that you will follow up in a specified
time and end with– cordially or sincerely.
Phyllis Korki points out in a NYTimes Career
Couch piece on cover letters other valuable
tips for electronic submission, for example,
include cover letter as 1st page in resume
file attachment, send hard copy separately
with an attached note, second submission,