ing) documents in one “resume file.” Make
sure any links have been taken out of your
resume file. The purpose of attaching your
information this way is to keep it from triggering firewalls and antivirus software that
would prevent the delivery of your e-mail.
Finally, at least one cover letter consultant suggests adding a “P.S.” line at the
end. This would appear below the signature and above an enclosure list. And
would ask for the opportunity to interview
with the organization.
Big “DONT’S for Cover Letters
U Send your letter before thoroughly
proofreading it and correcting errors.
U Address the wrong person or spell the
U Use “boiler plate” language, such as that
found in generic cover letter packages or
outplacement firm wording.
U Reveal ignorance about the company.
U Show unprofessional informality.
U Exhibit unprofessional cockiness.
U Ramble in an unfocused way that appears disorganized; don’t include any
paragraphs that lack a topic sentence.
U Make an unskilled presentation using
underlining, bolding, or “I” too much.
U Use unappealingly long sentences or
U Send photocopies or handwritten letters.
U Forget to include your “public relations”
U Include a photo.
U Neglect asking for what you seek.
U Improperly use “the” and “an.”
U Neglect to use commas or use them
Dr. Daniel J. Eustace, is an academic
specialist and adjunct professor at the
University of Connecticut. He has had
a 33-year industrial career working in
regulatory compliance, R&D, and techni-
cal management. Dr. Eustace regularly
lectures on recruiting and career develop-
ment at events
and he maintains
a blog related to
these topics. He
Ph.D. in chemis-
try from Brandeis
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