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Check Your Cover Letter's Tone


TeenaRoseBook.jpg After you’re certain that all your information is correct and consistent and all errors have been eliminated, read your cover letter one more time for tone. These issues can be harder to find than grammar or spelling errors. In essence, you are weeding out questionable statements. Look at each sentence carefully to see whether it enhances your suitability for the position or whether the employer could somehow misinterpret it unfavorably. Rewrite any statement that might be of concern. If you have trouble deciding, ask someone else to read the letter with those objectives in mind.

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.