Letter Format / December 24, 2018 / Mai Morin
Ultimately there comes a time when writing character reference letters where you have to seek any help you can get. Family and friends look up to you and place a lot of importance on a reference letter from you. Of course you can t let them down but because you re not in the habit of writing reference letters you struggle to write letters that they deserve. So what can you do? Well it happens to be the point of this article...one of the easiest things you can do is use sample character reference letters as templates for writing your own. In many instances all you have to do is a little bit of editing; add or replace your name insert the reference seeker s name personalize it with a specific example or two unique to them and you re done.
Addressing it to a "sir or madam" or even worse to "whom it may concern" is a surefire way to earn a ticket to nowhere fast. .Focus on the company and what you can do for the company. You are going to have to do your research for this one. Focus on showing the company that you understand them and their needs. Focus on selling yourself as the solution to their hiring needs. This can make a world of difference to a hiring manager. It shows you have a real interest in the company. There is no way a covering letter sample can do that for you. No matter how much you tweak one it s just not worth it.
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.