The employer at X Company sent me, instead of her administrative assistant, that email by accident. I had applied for a part-time editing assignment. That was 2006. Blogging was still a relatively new medium. And that's how I found out that maybe I shouldn't include that I was a blogger in my cover letter to small or conservative organizations. Obviously, it could scare them.
As the years went by, I was to also discover what else I was putting in cover letters that was, well, scaring employers. Often, I had to figure that out on my own.
For example, both my former colleague at IBM and I applied for communications assignments at a utility in New Jersey. She was invited for an interview. I wasn't.
I made a guess that what turned off the employer was that in the cover letter I made a list of recommendations on how its newsletter could be improved. It is probable that they were scared I was going to be too aggressive. No, I never did that again.
If you are not getting a positive response in your cover letters, review the patterns for what might be scaring employers. For instance, is your tone too enthusiastic? They could assume that you are desperate for a job, any job. Of course, that scares them off.
Takeaway: In this volatile global economy most employers are jittery, Don't put anything in cover letters which will make them even more anxious.
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