Usually overlooked, and sometimes completely ignored, the cover letter is an excellent companion for a brilliant CV. It is the Bonnie for your Clyde, the salsa for your nachos, the Jelly on the peanut-butter… Well, you get the point. While CVs are rigid and boring, the letter (or its modern day equivalent: the e-mail) is more personal and interesting. It will give you the chance to express your beliefs and desires, and it will probably also be read before the CV.
By offering a committee with these two samples you will definitely have more success to make a long-lasting impression, especially if you are fighting for an entry-level gig (especially because after a few hundred CVs things tend to get a little blurry, and your only shot at being singular, is the letter). In addition to this, people who do not bother to write a brilliant cover letter, simply do not know how to sell themselves.
How to Write a Brilliant Cover Letter:
You don’t have to be a master wordsmith in order to beguile a possible employer. Goldenstein Katherine from FastCompany.com actually stated that an attempt to write a brilliant cover letter is the best shot at being noticed. Also, if she hates the cover letter she will not even bother with the CV. Here are five steps that will help you create an excellent letter of application:
#1 Careful with Basic Information
First things first: you will have to provide the sender with your information so that he can reply to you. In order to do this, add your address, e-mail, and phone-number on the upper-left side of the page. Make sure to add the name of the employer or the company that you are applying for (+address). Next, you will want to add the date to the letter, and the name of the person that you are writing to.
#2 Which Position are you Applying for?
Just to be sure, you might want to add the position that you are applying for at the very beginning of your introductory paragraph. This way he will definitely know what you want from him.
#3 Why You Want the Job, and What Inspired You
The reasoning behind your choice could be rational, logical, or emotional. There is no correct answer is. You might make a potential customer or employee comprehend the reasons behind your desire. Example:
“I believe that I am an excellent candidate for this position, given my extensive background in SEO and social media management. I also believe that the Social media consultant is the driving force for online businesses and customer services, and I know that my skills and qualifications prove my ability to fill the role’
#4 Don’t be Overly Formal
The best way to not get yourself taken seriously, is taking yourself to seriously. If you start your letter with a sentence that sounds something like “With this statement, I declare my interest in the position you have advertised…”. Something in the line of “I am very excited to be writing in regards to your application..” is more than enough.
#5 Do Your Homework, and Show them
Obviously, having at least an idea about the company that you are applying to is a must if you want to write a brilliant cover letter. Especially if we are talking about a famous company. Google is your friend. Most companies have registered their companies online, and by reading a little bit about their company, successes, and main investors or employees, you will be able to gain the upper-hand. Reference to one of their articles, columns etc, in order to show the committee that you know a little bit about them.