I know there are a lot of people out there who are looking for jobs, whether because they were recently let go from theirs or because they are looking for a change. One of my nerdy hobbies is helping people write resumes (I think career counselor may have been my true calling). As you all know, writing a resume also generally comes hand in hand with writing a cover letter.
I recently was helping someone to do just that. Since I felt a little rusty in the cover letter area, I thought I’d brush up by going online and reading some examples. Some websites, like jobsearch.com, had well-written and useful examples; I also found that college career center websites were of help, too. However, in my research, I found quite an appalling site. You’d think, going to www.resumecoverletterexamples.com, that you had hit the jackpot. The opening page is well-written and promises that you will find hundreds of resume cover letter examples. It claims to be “the perfect place” if you are on a search for a cover letter example.
It all goes downhill from there. The owner/creator of the site must’ve gotten bored and/or tired after completing the taxing job of creating the website and describing its purpose. At that point, it appears as though this individual thought, “Hey, maybe I can outsource this to someone who doesn’t speak English as their native language! Maybe I will just have that person write all the example cover letters!”
Here is just one example. Looking for a job as an elementary school teacher? I do not suggest sending this as your cover letter (which, as other sites will tell you, is your chance to make a first, and lasting, impression):
Dear Mr. Richardson,
As per your ad on internet that you will have first grade vacancies, I am applying for a teaching position at the elementary level. Please see my resume. I completed my teaching in third grade. My certification will be in both early childhood (PK-3) and elementary education (1-6).Because of my interest in higher studies, after this summer I will begin study on a Master’s in Reading degree.
As I always heard about your school, so I am ready to do work in your school at any time. I like hard work and always ready for helping others. I like to teach students and guide them to find success. I want my students always on top place and are full of meaningful experience, interesting learning that applies to their lives. I believe that this can be achieved through cooperative learning, meaningful activities, new technologies and internet also.
I am waiting for your call to decide our meeting timing. I would like to discuss about your school’s goals and how I can help in your goals.
Thank you for reading my resume and consideration
I have no more words.