Letter Format / December 26, 2018 / Estelle Mcdonald
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.
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.
Dare to go beyond the generic and do something more specific. Many people are afraid to show their goods in their covering letter sample. But actually this is big mistake. The covering letter sample is the best way to be able to communicate to your potential employer that you are capable experienced and highly qualified for the job. This is also the time to capitalize on your strengths. But make sure that what you will be placing in your covering letter sample is something that you can clearly justify and deliver to your client should he or she ask for it. For example if you say that you have a certain skill that is good for the job you are applying for be willing to attach samples that will prove this.