What not to say in a motivation letter

By: Together Abroad 07-09-2015

Categories:* Motivation letter,
The application package of a job seeker usually consists of a good CV and a motivational letter. And even though the motivational letter might not always be required from the employer, knowing how to write one is a big plus. Recently recruiters offer different perspectives on how to write a good motivational letter. Some take an alternative approach that it should be different, standing out from the pile. Others strictly stick to the traditional construct. However, there are a few things recruiters unite on that should not be said in a motivational letter.

1. It should not be a copy of your CV

Surely the motivation letter is where you should elaborate on your CV. However, only the information that is important for and related with the job position you’re applying for. Emphasizing on irrelevant knowledge and experience you have without making connection with why it is valuable for the specific work opportunity makes a motivation letter vague. In the motivation letter is the answer to the question why you are the best choice, thus it should be written down in a consistent manner.

2. Lying and over exaggerating

Reading the long list of requirements for the job vacancy you’re applying for can be a bit intimidating. However, lying in your CV or motivational letter about your knowledge, skills and experience is absolutely unadvisable. Lying in the form of creating false background or even over exaggerating it is one of the biggest mistakes a lot of applicants do. That can not only cost them the job opportunity but also creates a bad image. Don’t forget that your CV and motivational letter are just the first step, you should be able to prove and defend what you have written down in the process after.

3. Saying what you are lacking about your experience

Exaggerating your experience is one problem; another one is underestimating yourself. A lot of applicants take the self-defense approach of stating their lack of experience with sentences such as: “I might not have a lot of experience in…but…” thinking that once their insecurity is out in the open they can defend themselves better. That, however, is a no-go. Focusing on the disadvantages makes your motivation letter weak. Your CV gives enough information on your background. The motivation letter is the place where you should emphasize on the knowledge and abilities you have that are going to sell your application successfully to the recruiter.

4. Grammar!

It is quite an obvious one but still a very common problem. Double and triple check your letter for grammar mistakes and typos. Only spelling wrong the name of the company, the name of the person the letter is addressed to will immediately send your application at the bottom of the pile.

There are different approaches and debates on how to write a motivation letter, however, there are certain things that surely must be avoided.

By: Iva Plocheva