I can’t tell you how many times I have received cover letters and resumes that were addressed to a different person than me.
Job seekers can have a lot going on. They use cover letter templates. They forget to change recipients’ names and addresses from one use of their template to the next. I’m not kidding. I’ve seen it on every search I’ve ever done. Even for C-level jobs.
I can’t think of a single time that I then interviewed the sender. Rather, I just wondered:
1. If their resume and cover letter were meant for me?
2. If their resume and cover letter were meant for the addressee and never found their way to that person?
Please, double check your cover letter’s addressee and address you before you hit send!
If your cover letter and resume aren’t headed to the right person, then it’s unlikely you will get an interview.
Want to learn about another cover letter problem? Check out a doozy that has a 75% failure rate here.
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Updated June 2017
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