Letter Format / December 31, 2018 / Mattie Waller
You should take note about this because this may be one of the principal areas on which a lot of attention will be given to by your readers In American we refer to it as a cover letter in Britain they refer to it as a covering letter. It s the same thing. The main purpose of the covering letter is to get you that interview. It s sent with their CV which for those who don t know means curriculum vitae and is the British version of a resume. A covering letter sample is going to do the same thing that a cover letter sample does and that is essentially nothing. A covering letter sample does not contain the IT factor needed to get you in the door.
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.
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.