Leave Personal Information Out of Your Cover Letter


TeenaRoseBook.jpg Unless it directly pertains to the job, don’t include personal details about your age, weight, marital status, race, religion, personal interests, hobbies, etc. They take up valuable space that would be better spent detailing your skills and qualifications. When might that information be appropriate? If you were seeking a job with an athletic league, mentioning that you organized a neighborhood basketball tournament could be helpful; if you were applying for a position with a senior organization, mentioning your age might be useful. Use your best judgment, and ask someone whose opinion you respect if you’re unsure.

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.