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A well written cover letter is right 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. It is important to tailor the cover letter to match the job description. The cover letter should be as personal as possible.

How to write a Cover Letter 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

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Email

To whom it may concern

On the left side under your contact details

  • Name of the person to who you address the letter
  • Position
  • Address
  • Email

Date

  • Month Day, Year

Greeting

  • 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

Greeting

  • Yours sincerely,
  • Name

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Last update: 27.06.2016

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