Avoid Clichés and Too Much Technical Jargon in Your Cover Letter


TeenaRoseBook.jpg Fill your cover letter with clichés and you’ll definitely sound bland and insincere. An employer receives hundreds of letters from people who “think outside the box” and “go the extra mile.” Your original thoughts will get the message across much better than tired, overused phrases. Use technical jargon judicially, too. You don’t know whether the person reading your letter is the head of engineering or a human resources specialist who might have no idea what you’re talking about. Pick a few key words that highlight your knowledge of the industry or the position.

This tip is excerpted with permission from Designing a Cover Letter to “Wow” Hiring Personnel, an e-book by Teena Rose. For more cover-letter tips, visit Teena’s Bookstore to download your copy for $27.77. You can also download a free 19-page excerpt.