A ‘Cover Letter’ known as well as a ‘Letter of Intent’ is a one page letter that should be sent together with the job application. The Cover Letter should write about why do you want to work for the company, why do yo want to be part or the team and needs to demonstrate in few words why you are a good candidate for this job. It is a brief summary of your Curriculum Vitae emphasising on few important aspects mentioned in the job description. Writing the perfect Cover Letter requires a bit of preparation, research about the company, its values, results..
What does the Cover Letter need to contain ?
Cover Letter Template:
- Introduce yourself
- Refer to the role, job, position you are applying for
- Match your skills, experience and knowledge to the ones required in the job description
- Encourage the reader to read your Resume
- End the Letter of Intent with a call to action (e.g., requesting for an interview)
Customise Your Cover Letter
You need to stand out from the crowd. This is the reason why your Cover Letter needs to be specific to the job opening, it needs to demonstrate that you researched about the company, job requirement. Be as clear and specific as possible about your knowledge, experience and skills to demonstrate that you a the perfect candidate for the job. Having said this, is very clear now that you should NEVER use the same cover letter for all your job applications.
Preparation steps needed for writing a specific Cover Letter
Find Out Who to Address your application To
Avoid generic introduction like “Dear Mr/Ms” or “To Whom It May Concern”. If the job opening was posted on social networks (e.g., LinkedIn ) then most probably the name is mentioned there. If not, call the employer or the recruiting agency and ask about this information.
Research more about the company
Look for the company online. Read articles written by the company itself or by others about the company.
What to Include in a Cover Letter or .. Letter of Intent Template
- Your Name and Contact Details (email & phone nr)
- To: Mr./ Ms. Last Name of the contact person, Position or the Name of the Company together with their contact detail.
- Regarding Job Opening Details
- List of Relevant Skills which should contain a brief summary of skills and experience relevant for that job description. The cover letter needs to respond to most of the items listed in the section:”We are looking for” or “Desired Skills or Experience”. Examples on how you have used the skills or how you’ve got the experience will always help. Try to keep the explanations as short as possible.
- A brief summary of why you are the best candidate for the job, explaining why your skills and experience are a good match for the opening. (e.g., “My passion for X combined with my expertise in Y makes me a good candidate for this job”)
- Use the Same Language. By speaking their language, you will be more close to convince people that you are a good candidate for what they are looking for.
- Call to Action Ask the reader to look at your Resume and to contact you about an interview.E.g., “I have attached attached a copy of my resume for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you about this application.”
What NOT to Include in a Cover Letter
Typos or Factual Mistakes . Always double-check EVERYTHING or even better ask a friend to read your Cover Letter and check for mistakes or confusing phrases.
Copy-Paste sections from your Resume . Try to rephrase the information from your Resume. Keep your cover letter brief and concise and let your Curriculum Vitae detail the entire story of your experience.
Too many “I” like ‘I have’ ‘I am’ ‘I managed’