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Guidelines for Writing a Persuading Job Application Cover Letter

How to Construct Your Introductory Letter

A cover letter is intended to depict the aptitudes that a job seeker possesses. It ought to be broken into three sections that shouldn't go past three sentences.

  1. The first section involves a prologue to the skills a candidate possesses.
  2. The second section should state past work experience and duration.
  3. The third section should feature the conclusion that states typically a consideration statement, i.e., “I look forward for a meeting to express myself.”

A resume generally accompanies a cover letter; thus, you don’t need to make your letter too long to fit all your skills. Instead, endeavor to make it brief and concise. You should bear in mind that recruiters read tons of job application letters, and sometimes they may just read the first paragraph or make a judgment from just having a look at its layout.

Useful Tips When Writing a Job Application Cover Letter

You bet, it’s been a bumpy road full of sweat and sometimes even tears. Job tarmacking is usually a daunting experience that makes a person weary and sometimes even desperate. When you happen to come across a vacant position that requires the skills you possess, it’s about time to roll up your sleeves and get down to the writing business.

Commonly, someone will pair a cover letter with their resume, and therefore, you must not copy-paste similar information in both. Here is a guide that you can follow when composing a cover letter:

Contact information

The position of your details will vary with the writing style you use. Usually, your contact details appear on the upper left or upper right. It entails giving your email, telephone details, and physical address. Also, you may state your religion and nationality.

Because this is a professional letter, state the company's physical address you are applying to, which usually appears beneath your details.

Salutation

After sharing your details, you should proceed with saluting the recruiting manager. Greetings are considered to be courteous, and in this case, you should be formal. Avoid using titles like Dear Mr., Mrs., or Miss X. Instead, if you know the name of that person, go ahead and address him or her directly. However, if you are not certain of the person you are addressing the letter to, you can state Dear Sir/Madam.

Body

At this section, attempt to persuade the recruitment group that you are the best applicant, and they should give you a chance for face to face interview to enable you to express yourself better. 

Conclusion

The final statement usually elicits hope from the applicant; for example, you can state that you will be looking forward to hearing from them. And finally, you end with ‘Kind regards or Yours sincerely. Ensure you sign the letter for physical delivery but if it is sent online, consider using an electronic signature.

Summary

While your goal may be to impress the recruitment department, ensure that your cover letter only portrays real aspects of who you are as an individual. Avoid lying because it can be very embarrassing if you find yourself not able to respond to the panelist’s questions on the information contained in your papers.

Clemmie Lynch
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