Your cover letter is your introduction to the hiring manager or recruiter. It’s your first chance to make a good impression. So it’s important that you seize that opportunity and use it to its full advantage. To help you do this, here are some things you should definitely avoid when you write a cover letter.

Don’t Point Out Flaws

It’s important to present yourself in a positive light, but you also have to present your prospective employers in a positive light as well. Avoid pointing out what you see as the flaws in the company’s current strategies and how you would fix them. Pointing out your potential employer’s weaknesses isn’t necessarily the best way to make a good first impression. Highlight what you bring to the company, what strengths you possess without focusing on why potential employers need you.

Don’t Complicate Your Cover Letter

Many people feel the need to make their cover letters sound impressive by using words they’re unlikely to ever use in day-to-day conversation. Use natural every day words in a respectful way. If you use too much jargon, too many clichés, or too many complicated words it sounds like you’re trying too hard.

Don’t Bad Mouth Your Current Employer

Never go negative in a cover letter. It doesn’t matter how bad your current employer is, reading your negative review of your current employer will make a bad impression on recruiters, because even if you’re in the right you still run the risk of appearing like you have a bad attitude.

Keep It Short And Sweet

Cover letters should never be longer than a page. Remember, this is your introduction to the hiring manager, where you hope to make a good first impression before they read your CV. They don’t need too much detail, because they’ll expect that in your CV. Keep it short, respectful, and to the point.

Proofread, Proofread, Proofread

Typos and spelling mistakes in cover letters and CVs make a horrible impression on recruiters. Make sure your cover letter is error free!