Letter Format / December 25, 2018 / Jan Levine
Your letter needs to stand out and not just be one of those covering letters which are destined for the trash can. Polish with the basics of your covering letter samples. Typographical errors are simply not acceptable. You will also have to make sure that your paper is clean the text is readable and the spacings are amply placed. It must not look too crowded nor too scant. Make the best use of the paper and use black ink for formality. Check for grammar consistency and all the other minor details that comprise your covering letter. Be constantly reminded that the person who will read your covering letter may or may not have seen you in person prior to reading your letter.
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.
You risk running into that situation if you use a sample covering letter that is not your own. The key point in writing a good covering letter is to stay focused on the end result of getting an interview. You should not be afraid of asking for that interview. Do not do what a majority of job hunters today do and that is hope and wait you get a call after your resume is read. You will probably be waiting a long time. You want to make sure there is no doubt that you will get called for an interview. Start off by addressing your letter to a specific person.