10 Completely Wrong Ways to Write a Cover Letter

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Author's Note: 10 Completely Wrong Ways to Write a Cover Letter

I haven't written a cover letter in a long time, so I was eager to see what kinds of errors job-hunters typically make. Surely I'd never made any of those! For the most part, I hadn't (phew!). Still, I learned a few things, like the importance of taking the time to call and find out the hiring manager's name so you can address your letter to a specific person, as opposed to "Dear Sir or Madam" -- which I'd been taught (long ago, apparently!) was perfectly fine. Best of all, though, was discovering some of the outlandish things people have done with their cover letters. My favorite: a job-seeker who enlarged his head shot to 8 ½" x 11", printed it on stationery and then handwrote his cover letter over it.

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