You’re applying for a job online and are directed to send
your resume and cover letter by email to the HR staff. Seems easy enough,
right? Before you hit send, be sure you know what NOT to do when writing cover letters and resumes.
Check out New Grad Life articles for advice on cover letters
and resumes! This is a breakdown of the most important points to remember.
-If you only attach your cover letter to the email, it might
not go through or even get opened. Be sure to paste it within the body of the
email as well.
information that doesn’t match with the position- Read the description and
qualifications clearly. You will not be selected if your qualifications and
skills in the cover letter do not match with their needs.
express why you’re the best- Don’t be arrogant, but let them know why your
experience and qualifications make you the perfect person for the job.
Biggest Mistakes on
-Formatting and organization
-Unimpressive job descriptions
-Spelling and grammar
Don’t fall into the
common mistakes category:
-Always have multiple people proof read and edit for you
-Don’t always rely on spell-check
-Keep it to one classic font
-Organize with bullet points
-Use action verbs and quantify your experiences
For more resume tips, check out our blog on federal resumes!