I enjoy writing targeted cover letters in partnership with clients (after we’ve written the resume). Every paragraph is a ‘punchy’ selling point, which goes to the heart of the application. Here a few hints:
Don’t use the same cover letter for different job applications. This is where generic cover letters fail.
The cover letter needs to show that you know what that specific job involves and what the organisation is looking for.
You don’t have to give your postal address, but you do need to include your name and contact details at the top of the letter.
Make sure you’ll be able to answer the phone number you give.
At the start of your cover letter, explain which job you’re applying for. You can either do this on a line by itself, (e.g., Application for Stock Controller position”) or in the opening paragraph.
Include at least three or four paragraphs which matches your skills and experiences to the job description. If you’re answering a job ad, either the ad or the position description may provide a list of skills and experiences that are essential for doing the job. Be as specific as you can about your skills and qualities and how they match the job or organisation’s needs.
A good motivational paragraph towards the top of the letter can often get you an interview. Write a paragraph about why you want this particular job. What is it that excites you about the position?
It may also provide a list of “desirable” skills and experience. Address those too.
Remember, you are writing a job application. Keep a formal tone.
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