A good cover letter won't guarantee success, but a bad cover letter will guarantee failure, such as this one:
From: XXXX XXX
To: Anna Maria D'Souza
Sent: Mon Jan 12 00:40:56 2009
Subject: Seeking for Jobs
I am currently seeking jobs. Please find attached CV for your reference. Please feel free to call me at 1234-5678
You might not believe, but this is a true email which I received recently. I have decided not to include this candidate into our database.
Author of this cover letter is an analyst of over 10 years expereince. On the resume, his experience doesn't look bad. However, investment banking is a business which requires personality fit and as for analysts, above par English writing skills.
This particular cover letter reflects immature personality and poor writing skills. Though I always go for short - short cover letter, short resume, but please make sure not to write any cover letter as short as this one.
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