Date:25.12.2016, 07:30 Image: Deviant Art Javid Muhammedali, the vice president of product management at. Monster, tells Mashable that keywords change depending on the job you're applying for. However, for a general cover letter, he said these following words connote key skills that work for "all resumes with 0-4 years of experience.". However, again, he reverts to feeling-talk (I would be interested). Candidates overuse the word interest almost as much as they overuse the words passion and excited, and are often already so self-involved that their letters devolve into an endless vortex of I am interested in xxxx, and I have an additional interest in yyy, and I would be interested in. 6. Although my primary area of research is disciplinary keyword here, I have additional expertise in another disciplinary keyword here and am eager to teach in both areas. I have taught/served as a teaching assistant in courses about A, B and C. Hiring committees do not always tell candidates whether they are on the shortlist. If you finish another dissertation chapter, or get an article published, a few weeks after submitting your letter, submit an update by email and ask that this example be added to your file and where the committee is in the hiring process. When a search committee reads 250 letters that each say the applicant is uniquely qualified (which, by the way, they do already as it is, even without his post telling them to those words are emptied of meaning.