We’ve previously written an article on how to structure an effective CV and had an overwhelming response from our readers asking for advice on how to write a cover letter. A cover letter should be considered to be your CV's most vital marketing tool as it should entice the potential employer/recruiter to click through on your actual CV.
When asking for an interview, you should be focusing on engaging the person reading your cover letter. You are asking them to give up time in their busy schedule to talk to you. Your letter should give enough information about you and what you can bring to the organisation in terms of your skills and experience.
Take the time to write a targeted cover letter for each potential employer. This means customising each cover letter you write, so it specifically relates your skills to the job you are applying for.
By breaking down the cover letter into paragraphs you can easily execute the following:
- Paragraph 1: Describe who you are and why you would to like to meet with them. Request an opportunity to meet. Keep it concise and to the point.
- Paragraph 2: Describe your interest in the field or company. Describe any background reading or research you have done.
- Paragraph 3: Talk about yourself. Highlight your relevant experience. Keep it brief,enclose a CV to communicate your background in more detail.
Closing paragraph: Be specific about the next step. State when you are available for an interview and your contact details.
The cover letter is an extension of yourself and should add to your CV, encouraging and enticing potential employers to include you in the interview process.