The Worst Use of the Cover Letter

Now that we have covered the basics of how to write a proper cover letter, please do not fall into the trap of using the cover letter as a crutch—"I have this great cover letter and resume. Now all I need to do is send it out to fifty (or one hundred or two hundred) different companies and sit back and wait for things to happen." This is the wrong use of the cover letter. The cover letter should only be used in directed marketing, not in blanket coverage marketing. Take the time to use it right.

Read the following chapters throughout the book for information on how to take a targeted approach in your job search and when and where to use your cover letter and resume.