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Applying for Jobs: Common Mistakes

Tips, strategies and pointers to help in your search for employment.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Making Your Cover Letter and Resume

Cover Letter Specific Mistakes

  • Do not write more than one page and be concise and to the point.
  • Do not repeat anything written in your resume.
  • Do not send a letter without proofreading it carefully.

Resume Specific Mistakes

  • Do not include a personal information, such as your birth date, religion, martial status, hobbies, etc., that have nothing to do with the job.
  • Do not include a picture unless it is required for the position.
  • Do not include false, inaccurate or misleading information about yourself.
  • Do not include the line, "References Available Upon Request."  However, you should have your references listed on a separate document that can be easily supplied if requested.
  • Do not include salary information unless you are specifically asked to include it.
  • Do not use "I" statements when writing phrases.
  • Do not skip over spell checking your resume.  Misspelled words, typos and errors make you appear careless and show that you are not detail oriented.

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