We all know that, for several reasons, you’re supposed to tailor your cover letter to suit the job for which you’re applying. A generic ‘cover-all’ letter is easily spotted by those who deal with incoming applications, even one that drops in the company’s name in a ‘strategic location’. And, let’s be honest, we have all had our fill of those ‘dynamic and resourceful’, ‘hard working team players’ and those who profess to be able to ‘think out of the box’. Well, if you can ‘think out of the box’, why is your cover letter a carbon copy of dozens of others than landed in my inbox? Why didn’t you take this opportunity to show me how far out of that box your thinking processes can take you?
But there’s a fine line, isn’t there? How far should you go with your personalisation and presentation of your true self?
Surely, your cover letter for a position as CFO of Blogget and Sons – Lawyers since 1807, should read, (and feel) completely different to the letter for CFO of DynaGame Solutions – Social Gaming for Teens.
I wish to be considered for the position of Lion Tamer as advertised on your recent LinkedIn post.
As you can see by my attached CV, I have had extensive experience in feline mastery, including three years as Head Tamer at Bloggins Circus.
I hope to hear from you soon,
It’s a perfectly acceptably ‘standard’ cover letter. But, with a role like this, could you, shouldyou go further? Is this the moment to stand out and shine? Do you display your individuality and unique character here?
Have no fear! My whip and chair are here at the ready, and I can assure you that your taming issues are solved. You can read all the ‘blah-blah’ about my experience in the attached CV. Better still, feed it to the lions and let me come along and show you how I interact with them, how I can work a crowd and how I still have 10 fingers and 4 limbs. I even have my own top hat!
I must dash, there are a few loose leopards in the street that require my attention…
Have a whip-crackingly fantastic day,
OK, you’re sure to grab someone’s (hopefully Mrs Jenkins) attention, but you also risk being dismissed as a complete nutter?
So tell me, how far should you go? In what situations should, not just say, but be more dynamic and when should you risk the chance of a position by sharing your true self in your cover letter?
I’d like to hear your opinions. In the meantime, I have a temperamental tiger to deal with…