Your cover letters are an introductory sales pitch with the purpose of persuading employers that reviewing your resume is a good use of their time. The last thing you want to do is give them a reason to eliminate you from the candidate pool. The following topics should not be mentioned in your cover letter:
-Salary Requirements – Your cover letter is not the place to discuss your salary requirements. Even if the employer asked for your salary requirements, I would suggest that you don’t provide this information. Salary requirements are a way for employers to eliminate people who want too much money or to limit your salary if you receive a job offer. You don’t want to compete for a job based on how little money you’re willing to take.
-Why you’re Currently Looking – Although you may be tempted to share the reason why you’re currently unemployed or looking for a better opportunity, don’t. In this economy where mass layoff announcements occur weekly, it’s not necessary to explain why you’re currently looking for a job. If you are truly compelled to provide this information, wait until the job interview where you can fully explain why you’re looking for a job. Your cover letter is not the place for this information.