What should a cover letter consist of?

What should a cover letter consist of? 

The Introduction

Try to attract the reader's attention. Specify the position you are applying for and address the letter to a named individual (e.g., not to Human Resources Department, but to Dear Mr. Johnson, Head of the Finance Department). Indicate the department and the position you want to apply for, unless you are responding to the job advertisement. Impress the employer with your knowledge about the company so that he can see that you are really interested in the position.

The Body

In this part do your utmost to convince the employer that you are the best candidate. If you do not meet all the requirements, assure that you learn fast and are ready to extend your knowledge and skills. Hundreds of CVs contain the same boring clichés so do not repeat them. Furthermore, try to be specific - instead of writing ‘I have experience in management’ write ‘I managed a group of ten workers’. Be convincing, that is, do not write ‘I think I will be a good shift manager’ but ‘I am sure that I will cope with the responsibilities of a shift manager’. Explain how your skills and experience satisfy the requirements.

Remember that you are interpreting your resume, not repeating it. Attempt to support each statement you make with a piece of evidence. Wait with your financial requirements until the interview.

The Conclusion

End with a complimentary close, e.g. Respectfully yours, Sincerely yours, etc., followed by your handwritten signature and list of attachments, if any.


Obey the rules enumerated above and your covering letter will be clear and readable!

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