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Old Jul 24th 2009, 9:53 am
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Just a quick question really! I'm looking to put together a Canadian style resume for myself and my partner, and I've been looking at Susan Ireland's site as recommended by the Wiki. Reading the cover letter examples.... they seem very 'in your face'! Is this just my British reaction to the North American style? If so, I guess I'm going to have to leave my modesty hat at the door!
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Old Jul 24th 2009, 12:14 pm
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As a professional Recrutier I never read cover letters, what I'm interested is what is contained in the resume, anything else I want to know I call the person and ask!
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really? because the advice I've been reading says the cover letter is as important as the resume itself?
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Old Jul 25th 2009, 12:38 am
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And as a company owner, I'd discard any CV's that came to me without a cover letter! To send a CV but no letter would say to me that the person in question couldn't be bothered, and I also think a cover letter says a lot about somebody (i.e if their grammar is up to scratch, how they present themselves etc).

So perhaps it depends on who you send it to? I guess that recruiters like Brownstar just want to see if you've got skills/experience they can market, whereas a potential employer might be equally as concerned about the things mentioned above.

Just a guess though, but personally a cover letter would make the difference between me offering somebody an interview or not!

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And as a company owner, I'd discard any CV's that came to me without a cover letter! To send a CV but no letter would say to me that the person in question couldn't be bothered, and I also think a cover letter says a lot about somebody (i.e if their grammar is up to scratch, how they present themselves etc).

So perhaps it depends on who you send it to? I guess that recruiters like Brownstar just want to see if you've got skills/experience they can market, whereas a potential employer might be equally as concerned about the things mentioned above.

Just a guess though, but personally a cover letter would make the difference between me offering somebody an interview or not!


i agree....as a person who employees people, i think a cover letter can say things that you can't and shouldn't say in your resume! you're personality can shine through in a cover letter.....
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I'm not a professional recruiter either, though I have recruited plenty of people over the years.

As far as I am concerned a cover letter is a must. As christmasoopma says, no cover letter = I can't be arsed. The one thing I value most in an employee is enthusiasm. You can teach many skills, but you can't teach attitude. Someone who thinks they are so wonderful they don't even need to write me a brief letter is not going to be successful in any organization I am involved with.

Small and medium size businesses employ people. Professional recruiters deal in commodities.
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A cover letter should be brief and to the point. Consider it as an introduction, you would not physically meet someone you have never met before without introducing yourself, sending a resume is no different. A resume does not say what you want or are applying for, it is a synopsis of your education, employment history and accomplishments.

The only exception to this would be if you were asked to fill in an application form and attach your resume. A letter may or may not get read then. It is unlikely that sending in a cover letter would get your application thrown out, but lack of one could do.

Be 100% sure grammar and spelling are correct. Canadian English in not American English, although American spelling is unfortunately becoming more widely accepted. There is a keyboard setting for Canadian English.

When finished get at least three people to check it out.
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Originally Posted by christmasoompa
And as a company owner, I'd discard any CV's that came to me without a cover letter! To send a CV but no letter would say to me that the person in question couldn't be bothered, and I also think a cover letter says a lot about somebody (i.e if their grammar is up to scratch, how they present themselves etc).
Of course you should send a cover letter, thats a given its manners, however the most important thing is the resume. Bother can be utter b*llshit, so in my opinion its always best to talk to the person, discuss their resume and what they are looking for in a job etc...........sort of a mini interview on the phone. That was you can denote the nuances of what they are saying in the tone of their voice. Its exactly like people say about forums, you cannot convey tone in writing!
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