Writing cover letter tips for job applications
Confidence in the English language is essential for success in your career.
Thus, one purpose of the covering letter is to give the reader an idea of your language skills. Describe in one to two A4 pages why you are interested in the job you have chosen, why you would like to work at a particular organisation, and your expectations. You should also include any unique characteristics or inspiring experience in your covering letter based on previous internships or work experience.
Create a new cover letter for each position you apply for. Your cover letter should demonstrate that you understand the work and what the employer is looking for.
To do this, be clear about your skills and qualities. You may also demonstrate how they meet the requirements of the job or the organisation.
Three tips for making your cover letter GREAT
1. Specify who you want to address it to.
Make an effort not to send your letter to ‘To whom it might concern.’ Learn the name of the person who will be reading your submission. This will need some effort, but it is well worth it.
If you find the position in an advertisement, it would most likely appoint a contact person to whom you can submit your application. If it does not, contact the employer or advertiser and inquire about who should receive the application. The phone is preferable, so if you can’t find a phone number, email them.
Don’t use the person’s first name if you figure out their name. Instead, use ‘Mr.’ or ‘Ms.’ and their last name.
2. Learn more about the work.
When determining who to send your application to, you could contact the person and ask questions. This will assist you in tailoring your cover letter (and resume) to work.
You may inquire:
Is it necessary to act as part of a team?
If I got the job, to whom will I report?
Could you please specify the kind of person you’re looking for?
Is there a job description I should look at? (Only ask this if the career posting does not have a role description.)
Make a note of the answers to these questions so they would be helpful in your cover letter.
3. Learn more about the organisation
Learn more about the company so you can customise your cover letter for the role. Here are few pointers:
Look for information about the organisation online if you know its brand.
Visit the corporate website (especially the “About Us” page).
If the business name is not included in the commercial, contact the recruiting agent or advertiser to inquire about the employer.
What do you put in your cover letter?
Here’s a checklist of items to use in your cover letter.
Your name and contact details
Include your name and contact information at the top of your cover letter. You are not required to include your mailing address, but you do provide your email address and phone number.
Your email address should convey a professional image. Do not use email addresses such as Supercrazyguy@vmail.com.
If you don’t already have a professional email address, you can create one using a free email service. Make it easy – anything about your first and last names is a nice start.
You should have the following information under your own name and contact information:
the name of the person to whom you are writing, their position or the name of their organization, and their contact information
If you can’t locate this information, contact the firm to inquire who you should send your application to.
You can still use ‘To whom it might concern,’ but this can only be used as a last resort.
The title of the job you’re applying for You must state the title of the job you’re applying for at the beginning of your cover letter.
This can be done on a separate line (for example, ‘Regarding: Application for Junior Accountant’).
This can also be done in the first paragraph (for example, ‘I am writing to apply for the newly advertised Junior Accountant position.’)
A list of the related skills
Include a concise overview of how your qualifications and experiences align with the work requirements. A short bullet list is appropriate.
If you’re responding to a work advertisement, the role requirement can include a list of required skills and experiences. It may also have a list of ‘desirable’ qualifications and experience. Your cover letter must address all of the things on the ‘key’ list. You can also answer to as many things on the ‘desirable’ list as possible.
Remember that whether you claim to have a talent or expertise, you must be able to demonstrate it.
Request that they contact you.
Your cover letter should conclude by requesting that the employer read your resume. It should also request that they call you for an interview.
Try something simple such as, ‘I have attached a resumé.’ I eagerly await your response about this role.’
Errors or typos
Often double-check the cover letter for spelling and grammar. It’s much easier to get someone else read it to point out any errors or inconsistencies.
Friends, family members, or a careers counsellor at your university are all people you might ask to read your cover letter.
Check all about your cover letter twice. When mentioning a company’s name, make sure you spell it correctly. If you list previous jobs, make sure you spell their names correctly as well.
Combining your whole resume into your cover letter
You should not copy and paste your resume into your cover letter. Rather than just repeating details in your resume, try rephrasing it. Keep your cover letter brief and allow your resume to say the whole story.
Using the word ‘I’ excessively
Avoid using words like ‘I think,’ ‘I have,’ and ‘I am’ too often. Remember that it is not about you – it is about how you can assist the boss.
When you’ve finished writing your message, go through it again and attempt to cut or revise as many sentences that begin with ‘I’ as you can.
Don’t bring up your previous career applications.
You’re potentially applying for several jobs at the same time.
Your letter should try to persuade the interviewer that you are serious about this position.
And if most employers would assume you’re applying for several positions, you don’t have to mention it.