The Little Cover Letter Mistake That Will Get Your Resume Ignored

A common cover letter mistake to avoid.

by Donna Svei on August 22, 2013

I can’t tell you how many times I have received cover letters and resumes that were addressed to a different person at a different company. No, I’m not kidding. Lots. Every search I’ve ever done. Even for the “big” jobs. Bit of an epidemic you might say. Really. 

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 addressee and the email address you are sending to before you hit send! If it isn’t headed to the right place, it’s unlikely that you will get an interview.

Note: Updated from original post published in 2010.

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