A cover letter is a single paper document sent alongside your CV when applying for jobs. It functions as a personal introduction and helps to sell application.
A cover letter is necessary as it gives you the chance to explain to an employer why you are the best candidate for the job. So, in order to do that you need to highlight your skills and experience; Also the skills and experience that is being mentioned in the cover letter should be in context with the skills and experience described in the job description.
Don’t confuse cover letters with your personal statement, cover letters should complement your CV but not duplicate it. Generally, a cover letter should not exceed more than an A4 page. The recruiters usually prefer a shorter length, typically around 5 to 6 paragraphs.
If sending electronically, always put the text in the body of the email rather than an attachment, to avoid being detected by spam filters.
Structure of Cover Letter
First paragraph: The first paragraph should be short and to the point, explaining why you’re writing the letter. Start by stating the position you are applying for, also mention where you found the job ad i.e, as advertised on indeed or future connect. If someone referred you mention their name in this section.
Second paragraph: Explain why you’re suitable for this job, what attracted you to the job, why you’re interested in working for the company and what you can you offer.
Third paragraph: Cover all your relevant skills and experience that match the required skills in the job description. Also, keep in mind that the attributes your mentioning should be related to your CV. After adding every bit of your qualities, explain how these could benefit the company.
Last Paragraph: Use this closing paragraph to reiterate your interest in the role and indicate your desire for a personal interview. Also, mention every unavailable day. Finish your Cover letter by thanking the employer while stating how you are looking forward to receiving his message.
Tips to keep in Mind
1. Always include a cover letter unless the job advert instructs you otherwise. Try addressing the cover letter directly to the person who will be reading it.
2. Advertised positions generally include the name of the hiring manager but if not, do some research on the internet to find the name of the hiring manager.
3. Even after hours of research if you don’t find their names, go with Dear Sir/madam, Hiring manager, Human Resources Director.
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