Cover Letter FAQ
A cover letter is your introduction to the employer and shows your best qualities and how you would bring added value to the employer. Your goal is to keep the reader’s interest throughout the letter and get him to read your resume. A cover letter is also an excellent tool to explain problems that do not emerge from your resume. In the letter you can explain why you are looking for a job with this company or why you are unemployed or why there is a gap in employment.
1. Do I always have to attach a cover letter to my resume? Yes. Many employers do not bother to read them, but for other employers, they are proof that you are taking the chances of your business thoroughly and seriously, and are taking your job search seriously.
2. Which format should I use? The letter should be in standard business letter format and your information should be in the same format as your CV above.
3. How long should it be? It should not be more than one page. The time to hire staff is limited and not more than a few paragraphs are read. The cover letter merely highlights what can be expected in the following CV.
4. Should I give information about the salary? It depends on whether. In general, you should never include salary or salary requirements in a cover letter. However, if the job ad indicates that it is required, you must include it. In general, however, the salary discussion should take place only after an initial interview, if the employer does not pretend.
5. Can I use the same for every job I am applying for? Absolutely not. Each cover letter should be targeted to the specific job and business you are promoting. Otherwise, your letter may be irrelevant to some jobs or not highlight the most relevant features you would bring with you for the job. In these cases, the employer may also give the impression that you are too lazy to use a customized cover letter. A smart suggestion is to save a generic cover letter on your computer that will change you a little for each company or job you’re applying for.
6. What if I do not know the name of the recipient? Do research. Do not address the letter to Human Resources and write “Dear Ladies and Gentlemen.” Find out the name of the person reviewing the CV to determine which candidates to interview. This shows the resume reviewer that you have taken the time to search for information and personalized the letter. A variety of company information is often available online, through local chambers of commerce, or directly from the company. Unless you have exhausted all the resources and can not figure out to whom you should address the letter, the letter should have a name.
7. Should I mention why I am in the job market? If your former company was closed or you were dismissed, this can not hurt. If you were fired, say nothing. If you return to the workforce after a break of one year or more, justify this by mentioning all the volunteer work you have been involved in, or additional training you have completed during that time.
8. What content should I include? The first paragraph should include how you learned about the job posting and / or why you are looking for opportunities for the business. Discuss how your professional qualities, performance and experience meet the requirements of the employer and are consistent with the available position. Just add tags and do not just repeat word for word what’s in your resume. In your final paragraph, you should request a meeting time to discuss the job opportunities and to thank the person for their time and consideration. You can also repeat briefly why you are the best candidate for the job.
9. How can I highlight it dynamically? Make your statements employer-oriented and value-based. You are not interested in what you are looking for in an ideal company. You want to know what value you bring to the table. Why should they hire you? Also, use powerful verbs and industry keywords to describe your qualities, including keywords from the job description. Make a subtle splash of your personality and add sizzling with distinctive statements about your abilities (albeit without arrogance) to keep the letter from becoming boring.