CV done! :) It’s not over yet…
You may have spent hours creating the perfect CV but unfortunately if your CV is not accompanied by a well written cover letter then the chances of the employer reading your CV is highly unlikely. The cover letter is sometimes the fine line between getting an interview, taking you to the next step or being ignored completely. It is worth your time to put equally as much effort into you cover letter as well as your CV.
According to the World Wide Web, there are actually different types of cover letters that can be used for example; The application cover letter
– This cover letter is when you address the company as if you are applying directly for a position they have available. You should know the name of the person you are applying to and details of the position available. The prospecting cover letter
– This cover letter is like an inquiry letter. You are writing to a company that has no particular positions available but may have in the near future. With this cover letter you must present your interests and skills and most importantly supply contact details if they would like to contact you regarding a position available.
An effective cover letter will detail why you are interested in the position and the skills and experience you hold that make you suitable for the position. A cover letter should be no more than one page. You must include the following;
- What position it is you are applying for
- How you found out about the position
- Why you want to work for this company
- Why you are the right person for the job
- How your education and area of study fit with the position
- How your past experience has prepared you for this position (focus on SKILLS)
- How to contact you
If you see below, you can follow the format and use the above points the create your perfect CV. Format
Your Present Address
City, State, Zip Code
Mr./Ms. Name of Individual
Job Title of Individual
Company or Organization Name
Street Address or P.O. Box Number
City, State, Zip Code
The first paragraph indicates why you are writing. State the position you are applying for and how you learned of it. Emphasize what you can offer to the employer related to the position you are seeking (not what they can do for you). Cover letters are usually three to five paragraphs long, centered on one page, and written in a conversational style with short sentences.
The middle paragraphs highlight the most significant information the employer will find when they read your resume. Briefly state your qualifications. Describe your education, highlighting your specialized training, related courses, and class projects. Describe your work experience, activities, and skills which are related to the job you are seeking. Provide specific examples of accomplishments and situations where you demonstrated job related skills. You may also add information about your experiences or personal work characteristics not listed on your CV.
Summarize your qualifications and interest in the employer. Close the letter with an appropriate request for action. (Ask the employer to contact you and provide your phone number, OR indicate when you will contact them to arrange a mutually convenient time to meet.) Thank the employer for their consideration.
(your signature in black ink)