When writing a cover letter should I mention I had been laid off and/or include the reason for the layoff?
The Career Doctor responds:
Never never — never ever — include any negative information in your cover letter. Negative information immediately puts your cover letter (and entire application) into the trash.
You need to think of your cover letter as a sales document. Thus talk only of the great things about you and how you are going to make a contribution to your future employer. Discuss what you can bring to the employer; discuss your key skills and qualities.
I suggest you take some time to go through a wonderful tutorial on cover letters. Go to the Dynamic Cover Letters Tutorial For Developing a Stunningly Effective Cover Letter. You’ll find more than 100 pages of advice hints and samples to help you create successful cover letters.
You might also want to read an article from my partner Katharine Hansen: Cover Letter Success is All About Specifics.
And if you are more of a book person may I now suggest that you obtain a copy of the
3rd edition of Dynamic Cover Letters.