Cover Letter Templates
In this respect, a good template is like a good wrench: suitable for the specific task at hand, yet adjustable enough to deal with specific variations on the task as they are encountered.
There are plenty of cover letter templates on the Internet, as "cover-letter template" Google search will reveal. Of course, finding is always easier than selecting from among those found, and caution should be exercised to ensure that indeed the template is appropriate, comprehensive and focused enough for the job sought.
Many word processing programs will have cover letter templates that come with the program, or which can be downloaded for free from the software company's web site. In addition, there are many other free sources of cover letter templates on the Internet. However, in selecting a template, the writer should remember that a cover letter needs to be specifically tailored to the job being applied for, so the template should be used as a general guide as opposed to a straitjacket.
In addition, the writer should select a template that at least appears compatible with the format of the resume that he or she is sending with the letter. As an extreme example, if the resume is printed on sedate, heavy weight paper, a cover letter printed on bright pink paper with purple polka dots would be jarring, to say the least. Since most differences will rarely be that extreme, a human resource professional may not consciously notice a difference between the cover letter and the resume, but the difference will register at least unconsciously and could affect the HR person's impression of the job seeker.
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