In Cover Letter: Use Words That are Meaningful to the Job, but Avoid Unfamiliar Terms


TeenaRoseBook.jpg Using key words and phrases that are pertinent to the industry or to the specific company can show that you’ve done your homework. Don’t use them, though, unless you really understand what they mean. That holds true for any word or phrase that you include just to sound impressive or intelligent. It’s too easy to make mistakes that will embarrass you or give the employer the sense that you are arrogant and self-important. Either way, your cover letter and resume will likely get relegated to the trash can.

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.