Letter Format / December 30, 2018 / Leticia Stanton
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.
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.
One thing you should know is that writing an effective cover letter from concept to completion is a very difficult task to some people. They can seek help either in writing the cover letter or they may have to look at one or two cover letter samples to draw inspiration from. There is nothing wrong with this because research and writing either the cover letter or any type of academic piece is not a solitary process. You can borrow ideas from any source. But when this is done make sure that you report the source. This will be applicable when writing for academic purposes.