A cover letter is as easy to come by as going to "Google", or some other search engine, and typing in "sample cover letter". There are thousands upon thousands of options out there ready to have information plugged into the appropriate spots and sent out. However, a cover letter like this is generic. The definition of generic is: characteristic of or relating to a class or group of things; not specific. Not specific indeed, that doesn't tell us much. Let's look at a couple synonyms-- general, common, nonspecific, no-name. Those aren't very flattering words are they? That is exactly the type of impression a generic cover letter gives. It is a big flashing neon sign that the applicant is generic. It also says to the hiring manager that if the applicant cannot manage to do the work needed to create a personalized cover letter, perhaps they are not committed to doing any work whatsoever.
The key to landing a job interview, and most likely the position, is writing a clear, concise, and attention-grabbing cover letter. A cover letter should make a statement about the applicant, about their qualifications and skills, and about their enthusiasm about their job. It should say everything in as few of a words as possible. This is where generic cover letters fall short, as well. Generic cover letters use basic, rudimentary words which do not keep the reader's attention or invoke any sort of feeling in them. Writing a cover letter is very much like writing a store in that it has to be compelling, and the word choice is extremely important.
A cover letter is meant to sell one's expertise and abilities in order to land a job position. By using a generic cover letter, none of an applicant's own personality or passion is included. The applicant may as well be a robot for all the hiring manager could know. Company's aren't looking to hire robots though, and generic cover letters just are not made to fit the job. Company's are looking to hire real people, with real experience, and real drive which they will throw behind the company. Therefore, a personalized cover letter which conveys these things are the only way to ensure a job interview.
In the thousands of sites mentioned earlier, every one of them will make promises of how their cover letter is a guaranteed way to get an interview. Some of the sites may even promise that their cover letter is so personalized that it will be just like it was written by you. However, that's just not true. Generic cover letters, no matter how "personalized" the site claim, have a completely different feel than truly personal cover letters. Everyone has different job skills, flaws and strengths, and experience and it is impossible for one generic cover letter to cover all possible angles. Don't fall for the gimmick, and remember the same type of sales pitch which even makes people consider using a generic cover letter is the same type of pitch one needs to use when selling themselves to a potential employer.
What this all boils down to is, take the time to write a cover letter for each particular job. Yes, this is going to be a more involved process but the rewards are going to be greater. Instead of needing to send out one hundred resumes with generic cover letters, there will only be a need to circulate a select number of personalized cover letters. This will allow the ability to choose the perfect job and encourage one to get excited about the potential of the position. It is not about quantity, it is about quality. In general, for every one hundred cover letters one sends out, they will only receive a response to ten percent. This does not mean the response will be favorable either. Between the option of sending out one hundred generic cover letters, with the return response of ten percent, or twenty personalized cover letters with the return response of thirty percent, which seems like the best method? Additionally, with the latter option, the responses are going to be favorable at least half the time.
Don't fall into the rut of using a generic cover letter. Strive to create a personalized one catered to the specific job you are applying for and see how easy job searching can really be.
If you have searched and applied for jobs online but never got any replies then it is about time you need to know how to apply for jobs that are not advertised online. Most of the employers have already switched to on-line job advertisement but some jobs are still advertised in local newspapers, supermarkets, restaurants and local offices.
First step is to start looking in local newspapers, spread out the words to your family and friends that you are available for work. After finding a job yourself by visiting companies / supermarkets etc or a hint from someone the next step is to apply for it. As long as you meet the criteria, the process is quite simple; you need to let the employer know that you are interested in that position.
There are a number of ways to apply for a job; some companies have an application process so the resume is not necessary while others would like you to submit your resume and a cover letter. A job that can change your life for the better requires a well thought out planning.
An email, a call or a visit to companies asking them about job openings, how to apply for jobs and application process will give you the courage and idea about the company. You might be directed to the hiring manager who will either ask you to come in and fill out an application or ask you to send your resume and cover letter by post or by email. They will also tell you to whom should the letter be addressed.
If they ask you to visit the company and fill out an application form, do not forget to bring original and photocopies of your necessary educational certificates, work experience letters etc with you. Before you visit the company it is a good idea to practice writing punchy paragraphs about your qualifications, skills and work experiences. While filling out an application form inside the company in front of others you have little time to think about the questions and it is best to practice before visiting the company.
If they ask you to send your resume with a covering letter, you must make sure that they are both specific to the job. Your potential employer might have a number of applicants for the job and your covering letter and resume must stand out from all the others.
A badly written cover letter with spelling and grammatical mistakes will not give a first good impression. It is also important to get someone to read your cover letter and resume for mistakes. It is natural that you might miss out your mistakes which the others will point out. Your cover letter must include why you think you are suitable for this job but try to keep it concise and simple.
Once submitted or sent the next step in applying for that job is to follow up. Many employers are not quick in following up. If the job is already filled they might not even get back to you. Sometimes the companies only follow up those candidates who they are interested in and not everyone who applied for the job. Do not feel bad if you do not get a response. You tried your best but that job was not for you.
You might have thought that you were the only perfect candidate for the job but unfortunately in the eyes of the employer you might not. So do not stop and wait after following up, if you get a positive response then keep following up until you get an interview call. Even after interview do not consider yourself hired until you receive a written conformation from that company about the job you are interested in. That is when you know that you are hired.