A well written Cover Letter is after the CV (Resume) the most important factors in finding a job. It is the first showcase for potential employers and therefore its preparation shouldn’t be underestimated.
Even more then in your CV/Resume it is important to tailor the cover letter to match the job description. The cover letter should be as personal as possible. Never send out a generic one. Always find an information about the company and a name of the person to who you address it.
Spend some time researching that your cover letter can be relevant to a specific job and a particular company.
- Cover letter is a short and specific letter that accompanies the CV/Resume
- Cover letter introduces yourself
- Cover letter highlights your key selling points - skills, experience, achievements - include those that match the job description - demonstrate to a potential employer that you understand the job requirements
- Cover letter says only the most important, short information - encourages the reader to find more about you in your CV/Resume
- Cover letter shows your positive attitude towards the position and company and your confidence about the job
- Cover letter always ends with an “action” - requesting an interview, phone call, meeting, etc.
Structure of the cover letter:
Your contact details
At the right top corner
To whom it may concern
On the left side under your contact details
- Name of the person to who you address the letter
- Month Day, Year
- Dear Mr./Ms.
Position you are interested in
- Start with “I am interested in the position xyz advertised where and when”.
Skills and qualifications that match the experience in xyz field
- What and from where your previous experience is
- What skills you used in your previous position
- Why you are the right person for this position
Mention your CV/Resume and further discussion
- Start with “Enclosed is my CV/Resume”
- Show your confidence about the role - say how good candidate you are
- End up with looking forward to hear from you/meeting with you to discuss the position further
- Yours sincerely,
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