Letter Format / December 26, 2018 / Lola Rodriquez
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.
Make a good first impression and leave no minor details hanging or erroneous. The content of your covering letter must be meaty and at the same time concise. The covering letter sample must not be overflowing with details. But you must provide enough that the person reading it will want to know you more with it. Selectively pick the details in your resume that you consider to be worth highlighting and put them in your covering letter as a way of introducing yourself. Limit yourself to a single page and do not go beyond that. Few people would really take the time to reach page two.
If for example you are applying for a writing job you will need a sample of a writer s resume and not a spin off from an unrelated field. Different jobs have different needs. If at all possible you can also do research on the company you are applying for and detect what type of resume and cover letters clicks with them. This may be some information that is difficult to obtain but well worth all the sacrifice and hassles. Your chosen resume and cover letter sample must be flexible and something that you can easily customize to suit your needs. This is one of the best ways to ensure that your final submission will not just be the usual resume that do not get past the screening and shortlisting of applicants.