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Cover letter

Quite often, employers or personnel selection agencies ask job seekers to send a cover letter together with their curriculum vitae.
The communication skills at your command should be demonstrated in the cover letter; it has to be clear, short, professionally-written and, by all means, without any mistakes.
A good cover letter is your business card, thanks to which you will be noticed and, most probably, invited to the interview.

The main guidelines for writing a cover letter:

1. Adapt:
• when writing a cover letter, adapt it to a specific company and position;
• prior to starting to write a cover letter, review the requirements applied to the position and compile a list of skills-capabilities required by the employer;
• when describing the skills you possess and experience you have acquired, emphasize those that are necessary for the available position;
• if possible, try to address your letter to a specific person (personnel manager, etc.).
2. Comply:
• when writing the letter, keep in mind the employer’s expectations from the person they seek and the company’s needs;
• in the letter, explain what benefit you will bring to the company instead of what you are going to gain;
• emphasize recent and relevant information when describing how you are going to contribute to the achievement of the company’s goals.
3. Promote yourself:
• write why THEY should hire YOU;
• be confident, but not arrogant;
• write the letter in a professional manner;
• read your letter aloud – you will get a feeling for how it will sound to others.
4. Be simple:
• use A4 format, leave margins;
• limit the length of the letter to one page maximum; the most suitable length is 3-5 paragraphs;
• be consistent – use the same font, size and markings as you did in your CV.

Employers usually use cover letters to assess and compare candidates. A sincerely written cover letter will show the employer your serious intentions towards the company and the position and will reveal your personality better.