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Knowledge of X is Preferred

You have found a position where you are knowledgeable about every requirement except one. But the position description specifically states that "knowledge of X is preferred." Do you mention your limited experience in order to say you’re up to the challenge? Or do you make no mention of it at all? While it might be your first choice to explain away a skills gap, you should never point out your shortcomings in a cover letter. Cover letters are there to discuss achievements, not gaps. Always. In this article from her series, The Professor Is In, Karen Kelsky shares with us some of the most common, and most correctable, pitfalls of a cover letter.

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