Posted by Robert Half on Monday, December 9, 2013 - 00:00 | Follow me
When writing cover letters, keep in mind that this document should just as polished as your resume. Unfortunately, not all job seekers realize this. They quickly cobble together a cover letter and dash it off to a potential employer, treating the exercise as more a formality than anything else. But a well-crafted cover letter is what will convince a hiring manager to take a look at your resume. Why wouldn’t you want to write a good one
Enjoy these examples of cover letters gone wrong from the “Resumania™” archives:
COVER LETTER: “My name is John, and I want to be your next (insert the job that you want here).”
Cutting and pasting from a template is never a good idea.
COVER LETTER: “I want a job where I also have enough extra time to be on Facebook.”
Not many employers will “like” this.
COVER LETTER: “You should hire me because I am not ugly. In fact, I am quite good-looking!”
This isn’t the best way to attract a hiring manager’s attention.
COVER LETTER: “Do you want a cool coworker with a goofy Minnesota accent?”
Those aren’t our top requirements.
COVER LETTER: “I will not get along with many other employees as I am not interested in babysitting adults.”
What you call “babysitting,” we call “collaborating.”
COVER LETTER: “When slack time manifests, I look for things to do. Once, this resulted in me rearranging the entire office to my liking while the rest of the staff was away.”
That’s one way to get a window office.