Well, cover letters are tricky. Maintain a good balance between formal and conversational. Skilfully differentiate yourself from every other aspirant in the market.
Avoid making any mistake: a good cover letter is a job
search must-have. It should be key to catch authorities’ attention. Ask these
questions to yourself:
What information to include in the cover letter? Do your experiences and skills match the job requirements? Why do you require this job? What information is to be included in your cover letter? What your cover letter should look like?
Also explain to the employer that why you are interested in their business, and that particular role.
Do your experiences and skills match the job
In order to get an employer’s interest, you need to explain
that your skills, achievements and attributes match the needs of the job
vacancy. You can also use information about the work history. The work history
may include the voluntary work, education, life experience and training and relevant
personal activities. You need to tell why you are the best suited for the
company and its needs. Remember to link your experience, qualifications and
skills to what has been asked for. Therefore, showing that you meet the job
Make use of two-three key examples in order to demonstrate your suitability for that job. Promote yourself and explain how you will contribute to the company’s requirements. Lay emphasis on what you can offer. You should research the company. Share any recommendations you have and show your knowledge.
Why do you require this job?
There are a number of ways to demonstrate your interest in any
Show how enthusiastic and
motivated you are,
Show how you can fit into
the particular organisation,
Discuss your personal
Tell why the position
Mention any personal relevant
interests / activities and the work it does.
Point out some positive thing about the company and let them know why would you like to work there.
What your cover letter should look like?
Your cover letter is the first contact with a prospective employer, thus, it is important to make a very good impression. If the cover letter does not make a good impression, it may not be read.
How to structure your cover letter?
Usually cover letters are not more than one-page long.
Address your cover letter
to the relevant person, other than starting with “Dear Sir/Madam”. If
you are not aware who to address your letter to, first contact the employer and
Start your letter by
mentioning where you heard about the job. This will directly relate your
application to a position advertised by them. In case of no specific opening advertisement,
state the objective of your job.
Lastly, say that you look
forward to an interview, and also that you are willing to give further
How to word your cover letter?
These points are to be noticed while writing: –
Professional and friendly
Interesting to read, but
short & to the point.
Language should be
enthusiastic, simple, natural language and assertive but not pushy.
Don’t repeat anything in
Do not beg for a post.
Avoid clichés &
expressions like “aforementioned”.
Use positive phrases and
words such as “I can” or “I have”.
Keep the key points in bullets,
or in a list-style that is comparative. In it you can directly compare your
specific accomplishments and experiences with the company’s stated needs.
Do not use words that may weaken
your message or give an impression that you lack confidence.
Don’t start every sentence/paragraph
How to present your cover letter?
These are the key points to present your cover letter: –
Make use of clean, A4-sized paper and white. Keep it neat. Do not send photocopied or marked cover letters.
Always use easily read fonts (or tidy handwriting for a handwritten letter). Some good examples include Georgia, Helvetica, Calibri, Arial and Times New Roman.
Remember to leave plenty of space around the edges of page.
Leave clear space in between each paragraph or/and section.
How to make sure you send out the best cover letters you can?
Make sure you right and send the best cover letter: –
First of all, write a rough draft to get your thoughts in order.
Remember that there are no grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes.
Ask another person to read out your letter before sending it out to an employer.
Also, keep a copy of all the letters sent.
Here are a few basic tips to help you while framing your
Cover Letter: –
1. Tell about yourself
Your cover letter should be in accordance with the job you are
applying for. So, you must make a list of essential requirements after
carefully studying the job posting.
For an online application- use
a business letter format. A header and basic contact information.
If you are sending an email, you can leave
out the header. Just provide a phone number and an attached resume.
Make sure that you do not begin
with lines like “to whom it may concern’. It does not give a good impression.
So, mention the name.
2. Tell your Story
You must provide a good narrative in order to grab a
Ideally, the story will focus on the company’s need. An employer
always wants to see results-driven accomplishments with a past employer.
3. Make use of Bullets
The employer looks forward to something assertive and
complete. They prefer quick cover letters to bloated ones. So, make your cover
Bullets are a good tool. Make use of them and make it to the
4. Highlight your social and Culture Fit
This may be overlooked, but the cover letter is to show a
company how well you would mesh with the culture.
5. How to End
The purpose of a cover letter is to convince the reader. Compel him so that he makes the next move in the hiring process i.e., an interview. You must end on a question. It opens that door without groveling for it. Remember, not to approach with a beggar mentality.