Letter Format / December 25, 2018 / Jan Levine
Regardless if you are American or British you still need a good covering letter. We all know that a hiring manager s time is valuable and spending it reviewing resumes (or CV s) is not how they want to spend their time. They are looking for reasons to cut the stack of resumes on their desk in half. For example a majority of the time if there is no cover letter the resume is not even looked at. This is a standard practice in American and also in Britain what s even worst is if there is a covering letter it s poorly written and doesn t pertain to the company or the position at all.
Can an application letter you get online be original? That is highly doubtful. Your letter also needs to ask for the opportunity to be interviewed and needs to give the employer options to make that happen. Again would your sample application letter provide that? If I was a gambler I would bet the house that the answer would be no. Instead of using the internet to find a free application sample letter to pass off as your own use the internet to research how to write a effective application letter. Anything that has the word sample in it is meant to be just that. A sample. Something to sort of push you in the right direction.
Ultimately there comes a time when writing character reference letters where you have to seek any help you can get. Family and friends look up to you and place a lot of importance on a reference letter from you. Of course you can t let them down but because you re not in the habit of writing reference letters you struggle to write letters that they deserve. So what can you do? Well it happens to be the point of this article...one of the easiest things you can do is use sample character reference letters as templates for writing your own. In many instances all you have to do is a little bit of editing; add or replace your name insert the reference seeker s name personalize it with a specific example or two unique to them and you re done.