An effective cover letter is one that communicates your intentions and your suitability for the job efficiently. Here are 4 quick tips for writing an effective cover letter:
1. Your intentions be clear
Make your intentions clear! So you have read the job description/ requirements and you would like to apply for the job because you want the job and believe you are the right person for it. Convey this intention in clear wording in your introduction.
2. Are your intentions aligned with the job requirements?
Do your skills and experience match what they are looking for in the job description? If yes, then you’ve done a similar job in the past, or held a similar position. Or perhaps you hold a degree in the field and are now ready to enter the work world.
3. Tailor your cover letter!
When it comes to job applications, an effective writing is all about tailoring – so tailor your cover letter to the specific requirements of the job and company. Match your skills and experience gained in the past to the job requirements.
4. Format and structure
The last of our tips for writing a good cover letter is to ensure the format and structure are correct. Make your cover letter easy to read by using a professional font. Use the same font and size as your CV. Keep the language clear and concise. Include your contact information at the top, the title of the job and address the person dealing with the recruitment process. If it’s a recruiter they will change the name to person at the hiring company. If no name is provided then ‘Dear Sir/Madam’ will do.
Close the letter by thanking the recruiter and saying how you look forward to hearing from them.
For more advice and tips on how to write a cover letter, see this earlier article. If you would like one of our experts to give you a free cover letter review, please get in contact.