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What Not to Include in a Cover Letter

You can find plenty of advice on what to include in a cover letter. It’s important to include detailed information on why you are the best qualified person for the job.

However, there’s also information that you should not include in your cover letter when you are applying for jobs.

Nina Scott, C.P.R.W. and Career Coach of Impression Resumes says “Strategy is a mistake which can often be a blind spot for job seekers.” Job seekers may think that providing certain information can help them get an interview. However, including the wrong information can hurt, rather than help, your application for employment.

Here’s what you shouldn’t include on a cover letter, from Nina Scott:

Tips on Writing a Cover Letter

The prospect of writing a cover letter can seem like a challenging task, but it doesn’t have to be one. By taking it one step at a time, you can ensure that your cover letter will be drafted, written and sent off without much stress – and with a good chance of success.

For more information and tips watch this video:

Tips for Writing a Resume

Need help creating or updating your resume? It certainly can be complicated because your resume is going to be reviewed by software as well as by hiring managers.

Review these top resume tips for choosing a resume format, selecting a resume font, customizing your resume, using resume keywords, explaining employment gaps, and more tips for writing interview winning resumes.

What is Included in a Cover Letter?

A cover letter typically provides detailed information on why you are qualified for the job you are applying for. Effective cover letters explain the reasons for your interest in the specific organization and identify your most relevant skills or experiences. A cover letter supplements a resume and provides additional information on your skills and qualifications for the job for which your applying.

For good tips and guidelines read this article that best describe what to write for a good cover letter for jobs applications.

What is a Cover Letter?

A cover letter is a document sent with your resume to provide additional information on your skills and experience.

Employers use cover letters as a way to screen applicants for available jobs and to determine which candidates they would like to interview. If an employer requires a cover letter, it should be listed in the job posting.

General Types of Cover Letters

  • Application Letter. An application letter is written to apply for a specific job opening.
  • Referral Cover Letter. A referral cover letter mentions the name of a person who referred you to a job.
  • Letter of Interest. A letter of interest, also known as a prospecting letter, inquires about possible job openings at a company.
  • Networking Letter. Networking letters request job search advice and assistance.
  • Value Proposition Letter. A value proposition is a brief statement explaining what makes the candidate unique.

More specifically, your cover letters should be targeted to the jobs you are applying for and you should choose a different type of cover letter if you are requesting a meeting, applying for more than one job, or sending a cover letter to a company that has not advertised job openings.

What is Included in the Resume Content?

Contact Information

Contact information should be placed on top of your resume. It should be easy and quick to read.

Sample Contact Information

Elizabeth (Lisa) Smith
1443 Minnesota Lane
City, Minnesota 55555

651.123.4567 (home) * 612.123.4567 (cell)

Objective Statement

An objective statement clearly states the purpose of your resume. Not every resume has this. Use it to let an employer know your specific job or career goal. Tailor your objective to the type of job to which you’re applying. If you decide not to include it in your resume, be sure to state an objective in your cover letter.

Employment History

You can present your work experience in a variety of ways The most straightforward way is the chronological format.

Administrative Assistant (January 2009-Present)
ABC Financial Services, Minneapolis, MN

•Supported three department managers with word processing, scheduling, and filing.
•Generated reports to summarize monthly activities.


List your educational accomplishments, starting with your most recent or highest degree. Include the name and location of the institution attended, your degree, and field of study/major.

Other Information

Include relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying. This may include memberships to organizations, volunteer work, military experiences, computer skills, awards, and hobbies. Avoid mentioning religious, political, or controversial affiliations unless they directly relate to the job you want.

Don’t include references on your resume. Employers assume that you can provide them with these.

What is a Resume?

A resume is a written compilation of your education, work experience, credentials, and accomplishments and is used to apply for jobs.

There are several basic types of resumes used to apply for job openings. Depending on your personal circumstances, choose a chronological, a functional, combination, or a targeted resume.

The purpose of a resume is to provide a summary of your skills, abilities and accomplishments. It is a quick advertisement of who you are. It is a “snapshot” of you with the intent of capturing and emphasizing interests and secure you an interview. It is not an autobiography. Since your resume is a primary tool in your job search, it needs to be carefully written and critiqued. The rest of this website is designed to guide you through the process.

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