Letter Format / January 1, 2019 / Tracey English
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.
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.