Have you just graduated from university or are you still studying but want to find some job?
Then you have been obviously faced with such a problem as writing a good CV that will allow you to get that your dream job.
If there are a lot of examples of how to do CVs and resumes, there are still not many variants of how to complete a cover letter in a PROPER way.
First of all, what is it?
It is a text where you have to mention everything about yourself (not when you go to sleep or eat; no, the cover letter is not about it). Here you have to include all related skills and experience you have during your life, which will be needed in this position that you applied for. An effective letter should tell the employer why you write, why you’re the best candidate for the job.
All those resumes and CVs are things for more speaking, where you can mention more experiences you had, even those which are not related to the job you apply for. All this show how it all helps to meet the job requirements.
These papers will help your employer to understand what exactly you are the person, who is the most suitable for this job and no other people will do things that you do the best. Your documents had to be written perfectly and checked for several times before being sent to your employer.
Cover letters also are an excellent way of representation of your writing and communication skills. So, as cover letters are that much important, we decided to gather all the important tips you will need to complete a good letter.
And if you think that leading after format is a waste of time, then we are very sorry to inform you, that any good manager needs only seven seconds to approve or disapprove your work order.
If he simply doesn’t like the way you made a format, he may think that you are lazy, or inaccurate, and such kind of people are not in need for big and successful companies who are oriented on the result.
Cover letter structure
Basic elements of a cover letter are:
- 1. Greeting (item):
Address your cover letter to the proper person and introduce yourself with contact information.
- 2. Opening (introduction):
Write a personable, inviting opening paragraph that notes how your skills are perfect fit for the job and display your enthusiasm.
- 3. Hook:
Highlight your past achievements as they are related to the job you’re applying for. This will help to increase interest to exactly your cover letter among all others.
- 4. Skills (body):
Emphasize additional relevant skills, such as computer languages or certifications.
5. Close: Briefly recap your strengths as a candidate, and include your contact information.
So, you see that the main things are: heading, introduction, body, and closing – as in any other kind of written work. Here we have gathered some more tips on what to include in each section.
Provide all contact information here. Even information about the person you are writing to. Include your full name and date of birth. Also, add your home address, telephone number, email or other means to contact you.
At the end of each tip, we will provide an example in brackets and italics. So, it should look like that:
123 Park Avenue
Los Angeles, the USA, 50050
July 24, 2018
West Customer Service Manager
Big Top Bash, Inc
123 Corporate Blvd.
Sometown, CO 50802
Meet a person to contact letter. If you do not know his name, write Dear Sir / Madam (but better look for a name, because writing all those Sirs and Madams may look like your time machine made a mistake and you appeared from 1865.
So, in the first paragraph, begin by telling the employer the position you are applying for and how you learned about the opportunity. The rest of this paragraph should briefly present basic info about yourself, including degree, the area of study, expertise, and your career goals in terms of how they align with the goals of the company.
“Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:
I’m writing to apply for your Corporate and Events Planning Director position at Big Top Bash, Inc. I have spent the past five years working exclusively in the event planning industry and bring with me both extensive experience as an event planner and an organized and detail-oriented work ethic to the position.”
In the body of your cover letter say why the employer should select you for an interview, and how you will follow-up. Organize the body of your cover letter into the paragraphs to increase the understanding.
Focus each paragraph on one group of your abilities or knowledge. Give specific examples to show how you have used these skills and how they can help for your job in future. Explain what responsibilities you have in previous jobs and how you perform them. Tell a story, not just list your skills. Do not use contractions.
Mention specifically how your qualifications match the job you are applying for. Think of this section of the cover letter as for where you’re making a pitch for your fit as an employee and show what makes you a great candidate. Keep in mind that employers will be more interested in what you can do for them, than a list of your work experience.
“As an event planner, I have organized and executed hundreds of corporate events. Group sizes have ranged from small intimate gatherings to large-scale galas. My clients not only include corporations, but also include politicians interested in organizing fundraising and networking opportunities, weddings, retreats, anniversaries, and everything in between, including international events. I am also skilled in finding the appropriate venues, entertainment, security, transportation, vendors, and promoters.”
Close with a strong reminder of why you’re a good candidate for this vacancy and why the company will get only advantages if offer your job position. Also, end conclusion of your letter by thanking the employer for considering you for the position. And put your signature.
“I am also an experienced contract negotiator and I am proud of my ability to secure economical solutions, to fit the needs of my clients without compromising quality. I am skilled in working with budgets and guest lists of any size and I am proud of my ability to deliver high quality results both on time and on budget. I am creative in my approach to problem-solving and cool under pressure. I am confident in my crisis management skills and my ability to anticipate and proud of my long list of satisfied clientele.
I have enclosed my resume and will call within the week to see if we can arrange a time to speak. Thank you for your time and consideration.
First Name Last Name”
And the last point – work on the outlook of your cover letter. It has to catch the reader’s eye. Use one type of font, size, spacing, margins. Do not overused bold or italic texts.
Remember that a manager is watching and reading dozens, if not thousands of cover letters that is why you have to make his life easier and not make him search for information he needs. Also, try to keep your application short (no more than 1 page), well-structured and clear.
What to write and what not to write
You have to remember that your aim is to get a job, not to get married! You don’t have to write about your hobbies, personal achievements, character features ( if they are not required) and so on. The purpose of the application paper is to demonstrate that they meet or exceed the requirements listed in the job description.
Do not mention negative facts about you
By the way, mentioning that you were fired with the scandal from the previous work is not a necessity at all. People from new job will see you for the first time, and there is no need to show them all your bad and good sides. Also, try to avoid salary history in the cover letter. If the position specifically requests your salary history (that is not often required) then say it, but there is no need to start it by yourself.
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