Greetings: mistakes to ban in a cover letter

Error # 1: the approximate decreases

When you write in the language of Molière (and do not flay it) …

– The abbreviation of “Sir” is always “Mr.” and not “Mr” or other variant.

– That of gentlemen is indeed “MM. “

– Finally, Madam becomes “Mrs.” , without a point at the end.

– And ladies, “Mrs.” , simply.

For the letter to be quite effective, the abbreviation must even be followed by the last name of the recipient of the mail. Or, failing that, of his function. In the latter case, ” we must make sure to juggle between agreements if the speaker is a woman, ” warns Pierre Denier, professional coach. We will write as follows: “Madam Director of Human Resources”. And no, “Madam Director of Human Resources”.

Error # 2: Write “For”

Who has not tangled one another’s brushes between these two paronyms? Even if their pronunciations are close, it is the phrase “to the attention of” which must appear as a courtesy form in the header of your cover letter. The formula “for” indicates rather a project of action and is therefore synonymous with “for” or “in honor of”. We therefore distinguish: “For the attention of the commercial director” and “I wrote this report for the employees of my department”.

Error # 3: “be grateful”

According to recruiters, this is a common mistake among executives. However, ” it can be prohibitive for positions that require good writing skills ,” warns Claire Romanet, leader of the recruitment firm Elaee. The expression by which one expresses one’s gratitude is thus “to be grateful” . In the context of the motivation letter or e-mail, it gives: “You will be able to judge my interpersonal skills during the interview that I would appreciate you giving me . “

Error # 4: “Thank you for having”

There are many candidates who hesitate between the prepositions “of” and “for” in their polite formula. To prevent your application from joining the wrong pile, it is better to keep in mind this simple rule:

– When the verb “to thank” is followed by an infinitive, it is constructed with the preposition “of” .

As in this case: “Thank you for taking my application into consideration / for having accepted to receive me”.

– On the other hand, when this verb is followed by a countable noun, the preposition “for” is to be preferred.

For example: “Thank you for the invaluable advice given in the interview”.

Error No. 5: “I beg you, sir, to accept the assurance of my infinite benevolence”

Do you like the lyrical finishing touches? You beg the recruiter to accept … the expression of your deepest consideration? / the assurance of your infinite benevolence? “You have everything wrong,” asserts Pierre Denier. Unless you persist in wanting to become obsequious, ” the best is to favor sober formulas ,” says Claire Romanet. In addition, to conclude your letter of motivation on a good note, it is advisable to request, via this formula, a maintenance request.

Choose, for example, the formula: “Keeping at your disposal for a future interview, please accept, Sir, my sincere greetings” which will complete a well-kept motivation letter.