Tips For Writing A Cover Letter

  1. Introduce yourself. Mention more than just your name – what are your interests and passion/s? Why did you decide to apply for this job in particular? Where are you from?
  2. Mention the job you are applying for. Mention specifically the title of the job your are applying for. Recruiters receive thousands of applications on a daily basis and often do not have the time to guess which job you are applying for.
  3. Indicate the ways in which your qualifications and experience match those needed for the job. Follow the job description and mention the ways you have made use of your qualifications and experience in similar positions.
  4. Encourage the reader to read your resume. Do this by referring them back to information on your resume that confirms what you are saying in our cover letter.
  5. Finish the letter with a call to action (asking for an interview or meeting).

ADDITIONAL TIPS:

  1. Keep it short and sweet. A cover letter is meant to be a summary of your resume.
  2. Match your cover letter to the job. Include the skills you have that the job requirements mention.
  3. Find out who to address the letter to, this makes it more personal and shows that you put in extra effort to add detail.
  4. Find out more about the company (to tailor you letter for the job). They will see that you did your research.
  5. Add your name and contact details. Make sure they know who they will be talking to and how to get hold of you, if needed.
  6. Never forget to mention the name of the job you are applying for.
  7. Explicitly mention the skills you have that are relevant to the job requirements.
  8. Speak their language. Use jargon specific to the company culture and/or the industry it falls under, this will help the recruiter see that you know what you are talking about.

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