How to write a cover letter

 

How to write a Covering Letter   

Covering letters are as important to a job application as is the CV, yet they are often written as a quick afterthought.

This is your chance to show recruiters why you would be good at the job and get them interested to read your CV. It is no coincidence, therefore, that we decided to write an article about how to write a great cover letter before we did one about preparing your CV.

Irrespective of your current work status or experience, in this section, you will find sample covering letter templates to suit your needs or situation. 

As with the CV, it is important to pay attention to how you structure your covering letter and, especially to what you write in the main body of the letter. 

Your covering letter is your initial showcase and your first opportunity to market yourself, so it is essential that you make every effort to introduce yourself in the right way.

A properly crafted letter should take up to an hour to write; if you quickly jot down what first comes to mind into your letter and attach your CV then you'll put yourself at a disadvantage.

If applying for more than one vacancy, your covering letters should not be identical from one application to another. Be sensitive to key words in the job duties and requirement outlined in the vacancy and adapt the main body of your letter accordingly.

Covering letter basics - hard copy

- Display your postal address and date of letter at the top of right-hand corner.

- Optional: insert the postal address of the company (as indicated at the job vacancy) beneath the date, but on the left-hand side.

- Begin with "Dear Sir or Madam" or, "Dear + name of the HR Manager or other company representative", should a name be provided in the job vacancy.

- On a fresh line, indicate the job title and reference number of the vacancy. (Please note that some vacancies do not include a reference number, in which case the job name would be sufficient. However, it is a mistake to leave out the reference number if this has been provided.)

- An introduction sentence indicating where you saw the job vacancy.

- The main body - this does not need to be more than 2 paragraphs long and should cover the following:

          - Paragraph 1: offer brief information of your career status and why you are seeking a new or different job or would like to return to work (consult our list covering letter scenarios below;

          - Paragraph 2: this is your main opportunity to promote yourself. Think of it as a sales pitch and perhaps your one chance to convince the prospective interviewer or employer that you are really worth their time. Write a focused summary of what you have to offer, keeping it simple and snappy. Sum up your personal and professional attributes, taking into account the job specifications.

- A concluding sentence to sum up the letter.

 Covering letter basics - email

- Enter the job title and reference number of the vacancy in the "Subject" field. (Please note that some vacancies do not include a reference number, in which case the job name would be sufficient. However, it is a mistake to leave out the reference number if this has been provided.)

- Begin with "Dear Sir or Madam" or, "Dear + name of HR Manager or other company representative", should a name be provided in the job vacancy.

- An introduction sentence indicating where you saw the job vacancy.

- The main body - this does not need to be more than 2 paragraphs long and should cover the following:

       - Paragraph 1: offer brief information of your career status and why you are seeking a new or different job or would like to return to work.

      - Paragraph 2: this is your main opportunity to promote yourself. Think of it as a sales pitch and perhaps your one chance to convince the prospective interviewer or employer that you are really worth their time. Write a focused summary of what you have to offer, keeping it simple and snappy. Sum up your personal and professional attributes, taking into account the job specifications.

- A concluding sentence to sum up the letter.

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