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Pros and Cons of Cover Letter Templates

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Deciding whether to use cover letter templates instead of writing the cover letter from scratch is a traditional area for disagreement with the employment field. The cover letter and resume is the first impression between a job applicant and a potential employer, which makes it one of the most important parts of the entire job search process. Here are some pros and cons of cover letter templates.

Benefits of Using Cover Letter Templates

  • One chance to impress. Sure, you'd like the resume and cover letter to only include your ideas and your words. But the overriding concern, according to many job experts, is that each job applicant has a very limited opportunity to make an impression and earn a job interview. Studies show that employers spend 30 seconds or less on each cover letter or resume. With only that limited opportunity to make an impression, it only makes sense to do whatever is necessary to get the most polished, impressive cover letter to the potential employer.
  • Rely on job experts. Unless you're in the employment agency business, you likely have no real clue about different types of cover letters and what tends to make one cover letter more successful than another. However, job experts who put together cover letter templates know what the average employer is looking for in a cover letter.
  • Writing may not be a strength. There are many jobs that don't require close to professional quality writing skills. Yet, those employers do expect a cover letter that connects a job applicant's skills and accomplishments with the job opening. A shrewd job applicant aware of his or her own skills and abilities will know whether it's necessary to rely on help with the cover letter.
  • Templates are only "aids". If the concern with using cover letter templates involves not turning in your own work product to the employer, that's an inaccurate assessment. Templates certainly help with the organization and major concepts of the cover letter. However, job applicants must fill in the blanks to represent their job situation. Additionally, job applicants can further customer cover letter templates to substitutes some of their common words and phrasings with some of the language in the cover letter.

Issues with Cover Letter Templates

  • Doesn't feel right. While job experts say there is nothing ethically improper with using cover letter templates or even hiring writing services to help you put together a cover letter, if you can't shake this feeling you may not be able to use a cover letter template.
  • Disconnect between template and interview. It's possible that an employer may have some concerns if the job applicant is nothing like the winning, persuasive cover letter that came with the job application. That's why it is essential to rely on cover letter templates as guides and to replace any language that an applicant would never use.

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