Writing a Good Cover Letter for Job Application
In your day to day life you must have encountered a situation that requires you to write a cover letter. Most commonly, cover letters are needed during job applications. We must differentiate between a cover letter and an application letter. There is more information that can be captured in a cover letter than in an application letter.
How is a good cover letter written? There are many guidelines that must be followed so as to write an excellent cover letter. First of all you must include your full contact information. Include your address, email, phone number and your name. They should be as clear as possible for easy access. The next thing is to capture information of the manager or any other hiring officer. At this juncture it must be understood that you should have done research on his or her details.
Seriousness will be noted if the cover letter is addressed to a particular manager by name. The position held by the person can also be included. It is also good to capture details of the company including address and email. Follow you personal data and the company data in succession.
Having had your addresses, proceed to your first paragraph which is primarily salutation. However, this should not be the ordinary catchy salutation aimed at attracting attention. For instance do not address the person using ‘dear Sir/Madam’. Introduction should involve you saying who you are in professional circles. No need to state your name for it is at the address. Such mistakes will actually be comic though they can cost you the job.
The introduction should also show how excited you are about the job. It is at this point that you can state things that make you to like this particular company. Show that your excitement also extends to the job you potentially will get. Do also relate the job you are applying for with your skill set.
The most important part of a cover letter is the main body. It is the state where you pitch for the job. Give evidence of your qualification for the job. Reiterate your skill sets that are related to the job you are applying for. Indicate how the skills will boost performance of the company. Back this up with your previous work experience.
In conclusion show excitement again for the job you need. Indicate also your availability for an interview at any time that the panel decides. Proceed to give thanks in advance and sign off using respectable words such as ‘regards’ and ‘sincerely’. In terms of formatting your cover letter, left alignment is the best with one inch margins all round the page. Also use official fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial or Georgia in the entire letter.