The cover letter has changed over the past few years. From long stylistic works, it has become more of a “cover letter”, which should introduce you in a few lines and make the person on the other end want to know you personally.
There are companies that require a motivation letter. In that case, take extra care of it. For other companies, a short cover letter will suffice. Whether you write one or the other, it’s a good idea to follow a few simple tips.
Less is more
When you start writing your cover letter, be aware of who it is addressed to. You have to impress the recruiter who will read the letter. Therefore, try to write about what the recruiter might be interested in and did not fit (or did not fit) in the resume. It is ideal to look at the ad and describe your personal experience with what the company is asking for in the offer.
The length of a cover letter ranges from half a page to one page. No one will want to read longer cover letters. You can influence the length by limiting the clichés that are repeated in cover letters.
“When you start writing your cover letter, be aware of who it is addressed to. You have to impress the recruiter who will read the letter.”
Editing a letter
If possible, address the letter to a specific person. Most recruiters will be happy if you specifically address them.
For both the CV and the cover letter, it should be free of spelling errors and typos.
In the introduction, write what position you are applying for. The more specific you are, the better. Commonly sent motivational letters and CVs usually end up in the abyss of history.
Also, be careful about “copying” the names of people and companies you contact. It is not appropriate to write that you always wanted to work at ABC and then send it to CBA…
Whether you’re sending your cover letter by post or email, include contact information – ideally a mobile number and email address. In the following days, receive calls even from unknown numbers and check your spam folder.
A positive and confident tone
Avoid negative remarks and comments in your cover letter – either towards your former employer or towards yourself. It is better to put on a positive, confident tone and thus make the recruiter want to listen to you in person.
If you know someone in the company, mention them in your cover letter or ask them directly to send your cover letter and CV directly to the recruiter.