Letter Format / December 25, 2018 / Estelle Mcdonald
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.
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.