How to write a Cover Letter

Job related correspondence includes:

General Guide Lines for writing Job related Correspondence

  • Focus on your qualifications and experience and why you fit the job profile.
  • Use simple and clear English. If you are applying for a technical job, make sure that a non technical person is also capable of understanding your CV.
  • Correspondence to business and organisations have to be written in a formal manner.
    Review other Job Related Correspondence:
    Sample Resume
    Sample CV
  • A cover Letter should never be longer than one page.
  • Mention achievements or strengths, apart from your qualifications and job experience. Check out Writing about your achievements.
  • Your letter should be address to a specific person. You should find out the person responsible for the recruitment.
  • Keep the letter to the point.
  • Do not send a hand written cover letter if you are not asked. If the job advert specifies a letter writing sample then send one! Make sure the letter is error free and that the same font is used throughout. Make sure that your letter and CV are similar in style.
  • Use top quality stationary. The envelope, the paper and the style of your CV stationary should match that of the cover letter.
  • Make sure that whatever you write in your cover letter is backed up by facts or at least be able to convincingly back them up in the interview.
  • Convey your enthusiasm about the job opportunity. You have to show that you are confident in your expectations about the job selection but do not be 'cocky'.
  • Sign your cover letter and write your name in block capitals under your signature.

We also have lots of Industry Specific Cover Letters to look at for ideas.