Summer Jobs in WestEnd
Posted 05 April 2007 - 08:31 AM
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Posted 05 April 2007 - 10:33 AM
Remember that any employer is going to be contacted by more applicants than they can possibly hope to interview. Interviews take time and they have other things to do, so the purpose of the CV and cover letter is to give them a quick way of cutting down the number of applications to a reasonable level. In writing your CV and cover letter your aim is to make sure your application isn't among those that are culled.
Personalise your cover letter. If you can find out the name of someone to write to then use it instead of a generic "Dear sir/madam". Refer to specifics about each employer, as it shows you have a genuine interest in the business and aren't just scattering CVs to the wind in the hope that one lands on fertile ground.
Above all, make absolutely certain that you proofread everything, and check your spelling and grammar. Don't rely on a spelling checker: not knowing the difference between "your" and "you're" can lose you your chance if you're up against another applicant who gets it right. Your application is the first contact you have with a potential employer, and at the time your letter is read it's the only thing by which the employer can judge you. If your grammatical knowledge isn't up to the task find someone else who can check your writing for you.
I used to work with someone who had interviewing responsibilities, and she said that with many applications it was obvious only a few lines into the cover letter that the person was not right for the job. When someone shows a lack of attention to spelling, or hasn't bothered to find out anything about the employer, then why waste time reading to the end of the letter when there are so many other candidates who have made more of an effort?
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