If you want to land a good job, make sure you know how to write a great cover letter. A good cover letter will capture the attention of a busy recruiter and get you the interview you need. Keep reading and learn how to compose an effective cover letter.
How To Write A Great Cover Letter
There are many different ways around it, yet the most important goal is to capture the attention of your reader (engage him) and spark interest to further look at your CV/Resume with interest.
Find below the optimal cover letter structure.
Use Our Optimal Cover Letter Structure
Probably the most important advice in how to write a cover letter: Keep it simple, and make it short.
Make sure you spark interest, and do not forget to use the spell-check.
First Part: Salutation (one liners)
- Salutation (addressed to a specific person if possible)You should always try to address the cover letter to the recruiter/manager who will be reading it. If you don’t have that information, just go for a:”Dear Sir or Madam”
- One sentence reference to the job offer you reply toIndicate what is your letter about. For example:”This is an application for the Aluminium Junior Trader position ref. 12352143″
Second Part: Body (short paragraphs)
First paragraph: Who am I?
- Indicate your current job or major
- If applicable, indicate the name of the person who recommended you
- What are your best selling points or accomplishments?
Second paragraph: Why did I chose to apply?
- Why did this company and position spark your interest?
- Create a connection with specific projects, values, or culture.
Third paragraph: Why should you hire me?
- What do you bring to the table?
- Support your claims to information given in your CV/Resumee
- Remember that this is the fundamental question.
Third Part: Closing (very short paragraph)
- Restate you looking forward to an introductory meeting or call
- Provide your contact details (email and phone number)
- Indicate what is the best way to reach you
- Say thanks
- Name and signature
- Remember that recruiters read hundreds of cover letters per day. Try to make your life easier and write it clearly and concisely – and in a easy-to-read font.
- Do not exceed the length of an A4 page. It shows the ability to focus on the important.
- Avoid starting sentences with “I”; sound professional.
- Customize your cover letters to each of your applications and proof-read each letter.
Now that you know how to write a great cover letter, it’s time to apply.
Did you find a good job posting? Make sure your CV is also ready and proceed with the application. Next, remember prepare your interview and crack it!
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