A well written cover letter makes a difference and is an important ingredient of a job application. For some, writing a cover letter may seem like a herculean task but skipping it is not advisable as a good cover letter can really get you a step closer to your dream job!
A cover letter is a document that acts as a first impression of the job seeker to the employer as it’s the earliest written communication between the two. It allows one to show, why they are the right person for the position and how their skills match those desired to take up the job. Whether you are applying for a job or sending speculative application or requesting information and help in job search, cover letter is important.
To write a cover letter, using proper business letter format is advisable. This format includes the date, name and address of the person/organization one is applying to. For the letter, one of the suggested ways is a three paragraph structure.
In first few lines, write about the role being applied for and the name of the company. If there’s any reference, do mention his/her name. Use this paragraph to explain your passion for the cause that the organization is working for. One may get the same role in other organizations too but one must mention what was it that made them apply to this particular organization. It’s good to add a personal touch and tell a story if it indicates your motivation for the organization’s cause.
In the following paragraph, one should try to explain why they are the right candidate for the job and how this job will help them in their career path. Mention your relevant qualification and experience that match the essential criteria of the job. Briefly explain your accomplishments, but refrain from being boastful.
In the last paragraph, just try to conclude your letter on a positive note, with a line suggesting that you expect to be interviewed. Do not forget to thank the employer for their time and consideration.
A well drafted concise cover letter is surely going to leave a lasting impression on the employer, so spend some time thinking about what must go in the letter and be creative.
Most importantly though, All the Best!