How to Write a Cover Letter
by, 21st July 2010 at 11:53 AM (1725 Views)
Your cover letter is usually the first thing a recruiter will see, and therefore needs to be carefully created to give you the best introduction possible. A cover letter is a short, sharp summary of why you are the ideal candidate for the advertised role. It should be tailored to each company you apply to, and give employers a brief idea of who you are and your suitability for the position.
Here are a few guidelines on how to write the perfect cover letter:
- Find out who the letter should be addressed to and personalise the letter accordingly.
- Format professionally, proofread and double-check spelling and grammar, names and addresses.
- Keep it to a single page, made up of 3 or 4 paragraphs (or bullet points) describing your relevant skills and experience relating to the job.
- If sending by email, donít forget to attach your CV! (Itís also a good idea to ask for acknowledgement of receipt, in case it ends up in a spam folder.)
- Highlight what the employer is seeking by listing your skills, experience and characteristics.
- Provide exactly what is specified in the advertisement, eg: your CV and a 3 page outline of a successful project youíve managed Ė no more, no less.
A helpful tool to write an effective cover letter is the acronym [B]AIDA[/B]:
Gain the readerís [B]Attention[/B] by introducing yourself effectively.
Keep their [B]Interest[/B] by showing you have the skills and experience to fulfil the role.
Ensure that the content is relevant to the advertised position and the recruiter will [B]Desire[/B] to meet you.
Make sure that your contact details are clear in order for the recruiter to [B]Action[/B] a response to your application.
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