Searching for a new job is a time-consuming endeavor. By some estimates, the typical worker takes about six weeks to apply for, interview and finally land a new job offer. And across any industry and level of work, there's one step to the process that's bound to slow down even the most qualified and enthusiastic candidate: the cover letter. But findings from one new report offer some motivation to draft a good elevator pitch, even in a time when cover letters are becoming increasingly optional. That means, out of every 10 resumes where the applicant might not have the right work history, set of skills or management experience, eight job seekers are likely to advance, as long as they can make up for it in their cover letters. A similar share always expect the document, even if they're not required in order to apply.
Cover letter: Date, subject and greeting
How to Write a Cover Letter in | Beginner's Guide
Your contact details are placed at the top of the cover letter, on either the right or the left side. If you have trouble adhering to the space limit, omit your name from the contact details section; you will anyway be signing your name in the ending salutation. Many mistakes occur here as the British and American notations differ. While the month is placed first and is followed by the date in the US version, the British notation gives the date first and the month afterwards.
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Instructions for writing business letters so you can structure your cover letters using a correct format. Before we dive into the specific conventions of formal letter writing, keep in mind that there are a few accepted styles, and accepted styles can vary from country to country. The information here describes how to correctly format a block style business letter based on North American conventions for punctuation and spacing.