How to Write an Application Cover Letter

Along with your CV, you will want to give your potential employer a cover letter, so that he can get to know you a little better. In your cover letter, you will be expanding upon your skills and explaining anything you think might benefit the company should they hire you. Now, since first impressions are very important, you'll want to make sure your cover letter looks professional.

Presentation is as Important as Content

Type or print out your letter on high quality paper, and keep it in a suitable layout. If you're unsure about the layout, check your computer's word processing program. Many of them have letter templates you can use. The most common format for a cover letter is as follows, from the top of the letter to the end! First, you will include your own contact details, then the name and address of the person to whom you are writing, the date, and a job reference number (if applicable).

Address the letter to someone, by name. If you don't know who to address it to, call the company and find out. If you can't find a name, address the letter "Dear Sir or Madam". In your first paragraph, briefly summarize the information that you are going over. In the following two paragraphs, try to match the job's requirements to the skills and experience that you have. Highlight any of your personal qualities that you feel would be beneficial to the company, such as being a good communicator, or being highly organized.

Sell Yourself and Make a Good Impression

This letter is your chance to sell yourself, so make yourself look desirable (without fibbing!). Once you've done this, close the letter by letting them know you're available to come in for an interview and that you look forward to hearing from them. A safe way to sign your letter is "yours sincerely," or "sincerely". Don't forget to type and sign your name!


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