Letter Format / December 30, 2018 / Marcie Monroe
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.
So you turn to your computer log on to the internet and Google "free application letters". Hundreds of websites pop up offering tons of free application letter samples. You can t believe your luck. You click through a few sites and find a letter you like. Your are positive that this one that will knock the socks off the hiring manager. You feel confident as you copy and paste it onto a word document that this letter will pretty much guarantee you an interview. Let s face it you found it online and it claims to be written by a professional therefore you can t go wrong. You change a few words around sign your name and off it goes.
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.