How To: Nail Your Cover Letter
CVs are essential for landing your dream job. However, cover letters help to reinforce your suitability for the job you’re applying for. Some people may not think they’re relevant, but they are certainly necessary for the job application process. You should always include one, even if it does not specify that it’s needed. Here is how to put the perfect cover letter together.
Your cover letter is essentially the first page of your CV. In a succinct and clear way, it will explain why you should be invited for an interview. You will be able to show employers that you can express yourself through the written word through a well put together cover letter.
Regardless of what position you’re in when writing the cover letter, for example a part-time worker, student or someone looking for a career change, it’s essential for you to show that you are the perfect fit for their job. Cover letters are a testimony for you by you.
When creating your cover letter, make sure to use the same grade and colour paper as your CV. Type your letter up and print it out. Only handwrite it if the job description specifically asks for it.
Try to keep it to one side of an A4 sheet. Write everything in your own words. It’s important to keep your cover letter clear and concise. Try to not repeat what you’ve already said in your CV. Make sure your spelling and grammar are perfect.
Try to be as engaging as possible and keep the reader interested. Take time to find out the name of the person who will be reading the letter and address it to them. Show that you have some understanding of the company. Suggest reasons why you fit the role. It’s also important to include when you can start.
The structure of the letter is also important. Generally speaking, if you address it to a person, for example, Ms Murphy, you must end the letter as “Yours sincerely”. However, if you start it with “Dear Sir or Madam”, it needs to end with “Yours faithfully”.
Start off the letter with the job you’re applying for, where you found the job and when you are available to start. Use the second letter to say why you’re interested in the job and why the company attracts you.
After this, mention your strengths and how they could add to the organisation and relate your skills and experience to the job. Finally, thank the employer for taking the time to read your application and that you hope to hear from them soon.
Remember, a poorly written cover letter could cost you your dream job, so it’s essential to take time out to do it properly.
After this, you’re ready to move on to creating your CV. Check out this post about how to nail your it.
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