In our previous article we stated that Cover letter is one page document which its purpose is to introduce you, briefly summarize your professional background and achievements.
Having known the importance of a cover letter and its role in job application process from our previous article, this article is to further provide you with the tips and basic guideline on how to write an attention getting cover letter based on the fact that a well written and structured cover letter can spark the hiring manager’s interest and get them to read your resume and a bad cover letter, on the other hand, might mean that your application is going directly to the paper shredder. So, to make sure this doesn’t happen, it’s essential to know how to write a magnetic cover letter and that is the purpose of this article.
So, let’s dive in: How to write a magnetic and convincing Cover Letter. Follow the clues below step by step when organising your cover letter.
- Write your name boldly in the header section of the letter.
- Your contact information follows immediately.
- Address the hiring manager formally by first name.
- Company Name address and date.
- Show enthusiasm and relevant achievements to introduce yourself in the first paragraph.
- Understand the employer’s needs and prove you suit in, in the second paragraph.
- Explain why you want to join and stay in the third paragraph.
- Recapitulate your offer and give a call to action in the final paragraph.
- Sign off with a proper formal closing remark and your full name.
Finally keep it short and concise. Remember it’s a one page document with a target purpose, so don’t ruin it with excessive details. Though the cover letter gives the interviewer the first impression of you as a candidate, which is important you make a good one. But in the process you must avoid overloading everywhere with data.
Below is an example of a well-structured cover letter:
Applicant Name “your name”
Contact Information “yours”
Name of Hiring Manager “first name only”
Dear [first Name of the HR],
I am pleased to submit my resume for “Position you are applying” with “company name”. Given my background in “past experience relating to field”. I believe I am in a great position to make significant contributions to “Company name”.
Throughout my entire career, I have demonstrated consistent success in “enter something you have contributed” to achieve high-reaching standards and goals. Please consider the following sections on my CV:
To further apprise you with the specifics of my skills, I am enclosing my CV. I am an “enter description of your experience” who consistently focuses on “enter your interest in specific area related to the position you are applying”, and it is my goal to work with an organization that shares a passion for this approach to growth within the “specify your field/industry you are interested in”.
I would be pleased to speak with a member from your team to further explore how my skills will make me a valuable addition to this Company. Thank you for reviewing this letter and the attached document.
Remember that a cover letter is a supplement to your CV, not an express replacement. Meaning, you don’t just repeat everything that is written in your resume.
Also keep in mind that the cover letter is the first piece of information a recruiter will use to get to know you, sometimes even before the resume so you need to be intentional when preparing one. The letter initially indicates professionalism, writing ability and general qualifications. Make sure your cover letter and your resume adequately introduces you and that you write the cover letter in the same way as the resume, I mean in terms of your name and contact information.