Your cover letter requires as much attention as preparing your curriculum vitae or resume.
Its role is to ensure your cv gets read. Job applications are scanned in seconds by a prospective employer who is trying to find applicants whose skills and experience match the criteria required for their vacancy.
So, the first thing to do before writing a cover letter is to go through the job ad and job description and underline the key words used by the employer. As long as you can support you examples, try to use these words in your cover letter.
Don't just repeat your cv in your cover letter. It should, in three or four paragraphs succinctly state why you are a good match for the job.
It’s also very important to taylor your cover letter to each job application. Where possible address the letter personally to the relevant manager's name. Put their name their title, company name and address in the letter.
Use simple language and the same font and style as your cv. Include a date, and your name and contact details.
The opening paragraph should state the job you are applying for and the fact you are confident you are suited to the role.
Paragraph two should tell the reader why he or she should be interested in you. Outline your experience and how it matches the job skills required.
A third paragraph could be used to highlight a career achievement relevant to the job.
The last paragraph should bring the letter to a polite close. Stress what you can do for the potential employer, not why their company would be good for your career. Let the m know you are available for an interview.
Always check the letter for mistakes. Get someone to proof read it before you email or post it, and remember to sign it, using a digital signature for emailed applications.
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Posted: Wednesday 30 May 2018