How to write a proper cover letter
- Doris M
A cover letter is a letter of application that one writes to a company or organization that he/she is seeking employment from. The letter of application explains what your resume cannot explain about you. One should tell the reader the purpose as to why he/she is drafting the letter, he/she should highlight experiences that he/she has had in different organizations and environments that would be considered useful for the position he/she is applying, you should also be able to showcase the skills that you have and the benefit of the skills to the potential employer, and you should also request an audience with the probable boss, to showcase how hiring you will benefit the organization. You should ensure that your cover letter is convincing to get the human resource of the company to check your resume and consider you for an interview regarding the position.
Start your cover letter by noting down both the employer's contact information and your contact information for easier communication. You can use different formats while writing the addresses but make sure that you maintain the same format in the entire letter. You then find out to whom you are addressing the letter to, you can visit the company’s website or make a call to the company and ask for the information of the person who is in charge of recruiting new employees. Finding out the details of the hiring manager helps give your cover letter a personalized touch, and it makes the employer see how well informed you are; you should make sure that the name of the employer is correctly spelled.
When beginning the cover letter make sure that you inform the employer on the position you are applying for and how you learned about the position, then proceed to explain about your educational background, the area of study that you have majored in, your skills, and what you have planned for your career growth and how your plans are going to benefit the company. Make sure that you give details of how you will handle the responsibilities of the position that you have applied for, in the second paragraph. Describe how your previous job experiences and abilities have contributed to you meeting the requirements of the position you want in the company. To support your explanations, one can attach copies of recommendation letters from previous workstations to the cover letter.Also read: How to write an Admission Letter
Researching about the goods and services the company offers, and the state of their competitors. The research will give you a better understanding of how you can be of help to the company, and how you can steer the company’s economic growth forward. Do not forget to notify the boss that you would like to be interviewed, and show gratitude to them for taking time off their busy schedules to read your cover letter.
The font size of your letter should not be below twelve as any font size below twelve can strain the reader’s eyesight, making it uncomfortable for him/her to read your letter. The straining of the eye can make your cover letter be left unread. One's paragraphs should well aligned, to boost the visibility of your cover letter making it look presentable and neat. However, your letter of application should not exceed one page as this makes the reader find it boring and bulky to read. Cover letters weigh heavily when an employer wants to get to know you; an application letter can either build or break your career. The letter should answer the employer as to why he/she should hire you and not the other candidates.