Letter Format / January 1, 2019 / Katheryn Erickson
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.
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.
Addressing it to a "sir or madam" or even worse to "whom it may concern" is a surefire way to earn a ticket to nowhere fast. .Focus on the company and what you can do for the company. You are going to have to do your research for this one. Focus on showing the company that you understand them and their needs. Focus on selling yourself as the solution to their hiring needs. This can make a world of difference to a hiring manager. It shows you have a real interest in the company. There is no way a covering letter sample can do that for you. No matter how much you tweak one it s just not worth it.