The Best Generic Cover Letter Ever

22 April 2007 at 3:30PM Leave a comment

Rahul Roy-Chowdhury at the Developing Innovation blog has some insight into the person who sent this generic cover letter:

To Whom It May Concern:

This is an opportunity I’ve been searching for. I carefully have been selecting what Company’s to send my Resume. I’m honored to send my resume to your Company and possibly be considered as a team member. My skills along with personality make a perfect match for what you’re seeking. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss my future with your company. I’m confident, coach able, persistent, and consistent in achieving success independently or with a company that has a positive direction. Please call me so we can discuss a time to meet.

Rahul seems frustrated by letters like this, noting a lack of passion.

As a recruiter, I love cover letters like this. A generic cover letter generally means that I don’t have to waste time reading the resume. I can dump this applicant, and move on to better prospects.

Successful candidates don’t send letters like this.

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