A short Guide for writing a Cover Letter
A cover letter is a letter which you send along with your resume. It states information on how you found the job posting and expresses your intention in applying for the particular job. Basically, it is an introduction about you and it is as important as the resume itself. The way you write your cover letter can make or break your application. Therefore, your cover letter must be written well so as not to waste the head hunter’s time.
Want to write a cover letter? Here are some tips that will get you started:
- Make it short and simple. Since you are writing for a head hunter who receives tons of letters and e-mails everyday (of which cover letters are only a part of), you should go directly to the point about what your letter is about.
- You can write a cover letter in three, short paragraphs. In the first paragraph, state your reason for writing the letter. This is also where you show how interested you are in the job.
- After showing your interest in the job, show how qualified you are on the next paragraph. Although you are trying to sell yourself here, do not exaggerate it. State a brief outline of your past work experiences as well as your achievements in your previous jobs. State how they contribute to your strengths as a candidate for employment.
- Finally, refer to your resume which you sent along the letter. Request for an interview after this.
- Also, don’t forget to be courteous. Say thank you at the end of your letter for the time that the reader spent in reading it.
- Cover letters are formal letters. That is why you shouldn’t use contractions in your cover letter. Avoid don’ts, can’ts and the likes. Also be conscious of your grammar.