Cover letter is sent with the résumé to explain applicant’s credentials, career goals and interest in the open position.
Cover letter doesn’t have to include detailed information about your skills and abilities; it should rather express your general expectations and goals. It doesn’t just support your CV; it’s an opportunity for you to stand out from other applicants. Cover letter gives you the opportunity to introduce yourself, customize your résumé, and point out why your skills and experiences match the job description.
Cover letters enable employers to get a sense of your skills, attention to detail, creativity, and writing style.
HOW TO WRITE A SUCCESSFUL COVER LETTER
- Cover letter is designed to market you to potential employers. Your cover letter has to capture employers’ attention right away.
- Tailor your cover letter to the employer’s needs, and specific requirements of the job.
- Elaborate on your interest in the position, your motivation and skills that you feel are your strong suits.
- Show your commitment to your potential employer. Explain how you are unique and how you will add value to the company.
- Be brief and succinct. Your cover letter should not be more than a page long. An employer doesn’t need to know your life story.
- Instead of preparing a standard cover letter, customize it to show potential employers why you are a strong fit for the position.
- Clearly define your career goals.
- Do not repeat your resume verbatim. Describe your skills and accomplishments.
- Make yourself the active subject of every sentence; however, avoid using too many sentences beginning with “I” in your cover letter.
- Do not damage your credibility by contradicting yourself. Be consistent.
- Keep your paragraphs short and easily readable.
- Double-check for any spelling and grammar mistakes. If possible get someone else to read it for you.
- Do not forget to sign your name.
Ask yourself these four questions before sending your cover letter out:
- Does my cover letter have a clear structure?
2. Is it clear, concise and to the point?
3. Am I being clear enough about the value I can add to the company?
4. Do my skills match the job posts? Have I mentioned my achievements?