Cover letters are very important since it introduces you and your resume to your prospective employer. Cover letters are as important as your resume. A cover letter should go before the resume and should always be included every time your submit your resume or CV.
What you cover letter essentially askes the employer is an interview. It is the cover letter that will invite your prospective employer to be interested to read your resume. Reading your resume helps a potential employer learn more about you.
If after reading your cover letter and resume, his attention is stirred, then he will surely call you in for interview.
Below are some tips in writing a cover letter that is effective.
The first thing you write on your cover letter are your personal and contact details including your full name, complete address, phone number, and the date at the upper right hand corner or middle of the letter. Following your personal contact information is the prospective employer’s details which include his full name, position, company name, and company’s complete address.
The opening paragraph should contain the exact job you are applying for. The opening paragraph is important because it will catch the attention of your prospective employer. You can either summarize the job opening, simply name it, request for a job opening, or question the availability of the job opening.
Your education, work experience, and your ability to work with others or by yourself should be included in the subsequent paragraphs. Show your interest in the field in the company and talk about your responsibilities in your previous employment. This will provide the prospective employer with good reasons to schedule you for an interview.
Write your close paragraph in such a way so that action will be taken by the prospective employers. Then enclose your resume with it.
Never use abbreviations when addressing your prospective employer and always use his full name. The person in charge of hiring should be the recipient of your cover letter. And make sure to sign your letter by hand.
In your cover letter, you are actually selling yourself so it serves like a sales letter. The cover letter is given so that the prospective employer will know why you think you are qualified to have the job that they are offering. Focus your letter in what you can give the company and not vice versa.
If you keep these things in mind, then you have a better chance of having your resume read by the prospective employer and schedule you for an interview.
Sample cover letters for specific job opening can be found online.