How To Write A Great Cover Letter

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

The most important goal when you write a motivation letter is to capture the attention of your reader (engage him) and spark interest to further look at your CV/Resume with attention.

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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.

1st Part: Salutation (one liners)

Salutation

  • 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” or “Dear Hiring Committee”

One sentence reference

  • Indicate now what is your motivation letter about.
  • For example: “This is an application for the Aluminium Junior Trader position ref. 12352143”

2nd 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/Resume
  • Remember that this is the fundamental question.

3rd 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
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Final tips

  • 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!