Published at Thursday, 09 May 2019. cover letter. By Rush Teyssier.
Your free cover letter could be the kiss of death for your resume for many reasons. Cover letters are designed to get you an interview. There are many things wrong with free cover letters that instead of getting you an interview, they end up getting your resume sent to the trash can by a prospective employer. Once a prospective employer sends your resume to the trash can that is it with that company. There are seldom times when you will get a second chance with that company.
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.
So while these cover letters online can can be a excellent resource when it comes to learning the format of a cover letters, their content leaves little to be desired. Most of the employers and hiring managers are so skilled at reading cover letters they can spot a generic online one from miles away. It's one thing to use these free samples as a reference for when you are writing your own cover letter, but to copy it word for word changing a word here or there is the kiss of death in the job hunting world.
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