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Er... Cover *letter*? Don't you mean cover *email*? At least for me,
I haven't printed out a cover letter for the last umteen years. I have
always found that I can submit a resume via email, and I write up my
"cover letter" as a message to go along with the resume. Maybe that's a
fundamental mistake, but I have generally gotten good results. And
sure, my emails slip by with typos. My "o" key seems to require more
pressure than the rest, for example. But I do take these emails
seriously, and check to make sure they say what I want to say (at that
time). But I find the rules are a little more relaxed... The email
must express yourself clearly for the normal reasons - you want to be
understood, you want to (at least) appear articulate, you want to
impress the reader with your concern for her/his time and effort to take
*you* into consideration. But a typo slipping by is not what I'd call
horrendous. A pile of them... well, now.
The best thing about e-applying is that you don't have to pony up for
cotton-bond paper, true printing, etc. All that falls by the way-side.
You can aim your email directly at the company you're contacting. And
an email for a cover letter doesn't rely on formatting beyond the
standard ASCII methods to group and organize your thoughts. Fewer
fonts! No time wasted on leading! Minimalism! More equality for all!
But for the resume, which has been formatted, worried over, re-done and
re-done again and again and again, reviewed by your closest friends, and
sent out to many companies... If that has an error, I believe that is a
*real* problem, especially for a tech writer.
My 0.02 euros... cud
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