The Most Common Mistakes in Cover Letters

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Avoid these phrases. Follow this format. And don’t be afraid to break the rules.

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The Most Common Mistakes in Cover Letters

  1. 1. After reviewing the many applications we received, yours was not selected for further consideration.
  2. 2. BEFORE YOU BEGIN
  3. 3. YOUR BEGINNING
  4. 4. • • •
  5. 5. • • • • • • •
  6. 6. YOUR BODY
  7. 7. AVOID THIS PHRASE
  8. 8. DON’T BE AFRAID TO BREAK THE RULES
  9. 9. Dear Sir: I like words. I like fat buttery words, such as ooze, turpitude, glutinous, toady. I like solemn, angular, creaky words, such as straitlaced, cantankerous, pecunious, valedictory. I like spurious, black-is-white words, such as mortician, liquidate, tonsorial, demimonde. I like suave “V” words, such as Svengali, svelte, bravura, verve. I like crunchy, brittle, crackly words, such as splinter, grapple, jostle, crusty. I like sullen, crabbed, scowling words, such as skulk, glower, scabby, churl. Robert Pirosh, Page 1
  10. 10. I like Oh-Heavens, my-gracious, land’s-sake words, such as tricksy, tucker, genteel, horrid. I like elegant, flowery words, such as estivate, peregrinate, elysium, halcyon. I like wormy, squirmy, mealy words, such as crawl, blubber, squeal, drip. I like sniggly, chuckling words, such as cowlick, gurgle, bubble and burp. I like the word screenwriter better than copywriter, so I decided to quit my job in a New York advertising agency and try my luck in Hollywood, but before taking the plunge I went to Europe for a year of study, contemplation and horsing around. I have just returned and I still like words. May I have a few with you? — Robert Pirosh Robert Pirosh, Page 2
  11. 11. Congratulations! We are pleased to confirm you have been selected to work for the Department of Defense.

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