Free Resume Writing Help : An example of a poorly written covering letter is as follows.
PUTTING A POSITIVE LETTER TOGETHER
Too many good CVs can be hindered by a poor covering letter. So what constitutes an ineffective covering letter?
• Poor layout
• Cheap quality paper
• Typing or spelling mistakes
• Disorganised style
• Failure to sell yourself to the reader
An example of a poorly written covering letter is as follows.
33 - Western Road
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing to apply for the position of finance officer. I enclose my CV for your peruesal and would be available for interview at your convenience.
Hope to hear from you shorty.
Kevin Proctor (Mr)
It is not uncommon for people to send such a letter with a CV. Let's examine it in more detail.
The letter is poorly laid out. The address is incomplete with no post code or telephone number. The letter is not dated and the recipient's address is not included.
Presumably a finance officer would have to pay close attention to detail. The writer fails to do so in this case, spelling the word perusal as peruesal. Missing the '1' out of 'shortly', although amusing, could also be seen as offensive!
The letter is addressed to 'Dear Sir or Madam'. It would seem no initiative has been taken to find out the person's name. The letter is also finished incorrectly by using the phrase YOURS SINCERELY rather than YOURS FAITHFULLY. Also the use of phrases such as FOR YOUR•PERUSAL and AT YOUR CONVENIENCE are rather trite standard phrases and say very little.
Failure to sell yourself
A covering letter provides an ideal opportunity for the writer to sell themselves. This letter fails completely to attract the reader's attention or enhance or elaborate on the enclosed CV.
An effective covering letter
That was an example of an ineffective letter. So what should a good letter look like?