A cover letter is an important component of your job application, but many jobseekers struggle with it: from understanding its role to how to approach writing one. We will help you by answering some of the essential questions here:
What is a cover letter?
The cover letter is your polite message to the recruiter and a chance for you to explain why you are suitable for the job. You can use this chance to talk about your achievements more. Remember, you use bullet points and short sentences on your CV – your cover letter is your chance to expand on that, using full sentences to sell your expertise. It should complement your CV and not duplicate it.
Your cover letter should highlight your skills and experience that are relevant to the job. Therefore it should be tailored to the role and address the specific requirements.
Why is it important?
It is important for various reasons. For one, by taking the time to write a tailored cover letter, it shows your enthusiasm and interest in the role. It is also a chance for you to explain your experience and relevance for the role more.
Lastly, it is important in showcasing your communication skills and will show how well you can convey a message.
How do I go about approaching one?
Begin by introducing yourself. Your introduction should be polite and professional, and should make the reader understand why you are writing the letter.
Briefly explain why you think you are suitable for the job. State the relevant skills and qualifications you have to fulfil the job requirements. Use this chance to answer questions asked in the job advertisement.
Conclude by listing any other relevant skills or experience, and then close by thanking the employer and saying how you look forward to hearing from them.
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