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5 Ways to Address a Cover Letter

By Debra Auerbach

One of the most common pieces of job-seeker advice we give on The Work Buzz blog is to personalize application materials as much as possible. This includes the addressing of your cover letter. There may be cases where it's impossible to find a contact associated with the position, but that doesn't mean "To whom it may concern" is the only option. With such easy access to information through social media and websites such as LinkedIn, don't give up on cover-letter customization just because the job description doesn't list a contact.

Lessons from Real Life Cover Letter Mistakes

Written by Careerbliss

A cover letter can be the first step of a new career journey. Or it can be a dead end that dooms your attempts to get a job. It all has to do with how you write it.

We collected some real-life examples of dead-end cover letters to serve as examples of what not to do the next time you're making first contact with a prospective employer.

1. Self-Serving: "I'm interested in seeing what your firm can do to help me find new clients. ..."

The 7 Deadly Sins of Cover Letter Writing

The next letter you receive should be a formal job offer, not a rejection form

A cover letter is designed to inform and interest an employer to read on to your resume. All too often, though, the cover letter bores, offends, or sometimes amuses—but not in a good way—the people who read them. Successfully achieving the former is the first step to gaining an interview with the company, but commit the latter and your job materials will be sent to a hiring manager's "no" pile quicker than you could write "References Available Upon Request."