Letter Format / December 29, 2018 / Cecile Rocha.
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.
But this may not be applicable if you are submitting the cover letter alongside your resume. The fact about looking at these samples is that this may be what is going to draw a line between your application and those of others. Always remember that finding a job of your choice is something not easy. Therefore when you have an opportunity to prove your worth above those of others it is necessary to put in the best. Remember that there will always be competition. The cover letter is the only means through which you can outwit all other applicants. A lot of job applicants will find these samples of utmost importance because they are aware of the fact that this is what will take them to where they desire.
If for example you are applying for a writing job you will need a sample of a writer s resume and not a spin off from an unrelated field. Different jobs have different needs. If at all possible you can also do research on the company you are applying for and detect what type of resume and cover letters clicks with them. This may be some information that is difficult to obtain but well worth all the sacrifice and hassles. Your chosen resume and cover letter sample must be flexible and something that you can easily customize to suit your needs. This is one of the best ways to ensure that your final submission will not just be the usual resume that do not get past the screening and shortlisting of applicants.
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.
You risk running into that situation if you use a sample covering letter that is not your own. The key point in writing a good covering letter is to stay focused on the end result of getting an interview. You should not be afraid of asking for that interview. Do not do what a majority of job hunters today do and that is hope and wait you get a call after your resume is read. You will probably be waiting a long time. You want to make sure there is no doubt that you will get called for an interview. Start off by addressing your letter to a specific person.