Cover Letter Writing How to
A cover letter is your chance to make a good first impression with an employer, and it’s probably more effective than a resume. CVs are usually impersonal lists of experiences, education and achievements. With your cover letter you can tell an appealing story that provides a personal context for your resume. You can differentiate yourself from the mass of applicants, persuade a recruiter to read your resume, and explain how your experience fits the job you are applying for.
Before you start writing a letter, make sure that you have read the job description carefully. Identify qualifications and duties that relate to your profile and make sure that you can explain any gaps in your CV with your cover letter.
It is also important to research the organization you are applying for and, if possible, the person reviewing your resume. Your cover letter is your first opportunity to express how your profile matches that of the organization and to establish a personal connection with the hiring manager.
Your cover letter should be clear and professionally formatted. Most cover letters are sent electronically. When sent as an attachment, you should format it like professional correspondence. When sent in the body of an e-mail, headings can be omitted, as they may look strange.
The first paragraph should specify the position you are applying for. It should also attract the attention of the recruiter and make it clear that you are an excellent candidate for this position.
In your middle paragraph, you should focus on adapting your qualifications to the requirements of the position. Provide details about the organization you are applying for. Not only does this make it clear that you are taking the job seriously and not sending a form letter, it also makes it easier for you to provide convincing arguments on how to help the organization achieve its goals.
Your last paragraph should reach four main goals. You should alert your readers to your CV, request an interview, specify a time period in which to contact them and thank them for their time and consideration.
If you have written your letter, be sure to read it. Grammatical and spelling errors should be avoided at all costs. Get rid of colloquialisms and contractions. Your cover letter should be shorter than one page. Be succinct and clear; Do not give too many details. Also, make sure your language is accurate and not vague. Tell the reader exactly what skills you have that will make you eligible for the position, and not just that you have experience.
Make sure your cover letter looks professional and, if possible, your CV. Use a simple, clean font. If you send a standard letter instead of an e-mail, use the same paper as your resume. If you are sending an electronic version, use the recommended file format.