Writing a cover letter for your job application can be more of an art than a science. What works for one hiring manager may be a turnoff for others. But there are a few hard and fast rules–some definite dos and don’ts. Want to hear about the words you should never use in your cover letter? Of course you do. Keep reading.
As in, short for “you.” Your cover letter is not a text message. “U,” “LOL,” and “YOLO” have no place in a job application. (Yet….but Tufts let prospective freshmen write about their personal definition of YOLO in their admissions essay, so don’t rule it out. Also, the world is ending.)
That said, in some industries it’s OK to be less formal, but if you wouldn’t write it in an email to a colleague or a professor, don’t put it in a cover letter.
As in, “I will do anything.” Employers want to see that you’re focused–on their particular industry, on their particular job. “I’ll do anything” and similar language (“I just need a foot in the door anywhere” or “I’m not picky about the work I do”) makes you look unfocused at best, desperate at worst. Read more