Daily Tip: Avoid Vagueness in Your Cover Letter

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Recruiters and HR staffers must glance at hundreds of resumes and cover letters every month. One of their biggest complaints? The vagueness in cover letters. It’s not wholly the applicants’ fault: Most cover-letter formats demand the writer make some pretty sweeping statements about his or her career, which can lead to broadness and fuzziness. “I’ve spent my career analyzing problems and finding solutions” doesn’t really tell the reader much about your skills or aptitude for solving challenges.

Instead of relying on sweeping statements, make sure your cover letter plunges into specifics. How did you turn around that division? How many percentage points of growth did your app experience in the weeks and months following its launch? What projects did you spearhead at your last company? Even a few details can help separate you from the pack.

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