Sunday, August 21, 2011

Writing a Cover Letter

Aside from a good CV, you also need a good Cover Letter. Cover letter should equally serve as a teaser for an interview invitation. Remember that HR officers receive hundreds of CV every day. So, make sure that your Cover Letter is equally impressive as your CV.

To help you achieve your goal, here are my valuable tips:
· Cover letter must be just 2-3 paragraphs long.
· It must be free of spelling and grammar mistakes.
· It must be a gist of your qualifications; details should be written at your CV.
· It must sound polite, interesting and most importantly, your great interest to the position you are applying for.

SUGGESTED FORMAT and CONTENT are as follows:

1. Date – The time when you draft the cover letter.

2. Inside address – It should be addressed to specific person and not like “To the HR Department”
· HR Manager
· Company Name
· Address

3. Salutation - Avoid using Dear Sir/Madame. Research or call the company to know the key person responsible for hiring and his/her designation. They are usually the HR Officer or Manager.

4. Body of letter should comprise of 3 “short” paragraphs.
· First Paragraph - Greetings; Show your great interest in the position that is advertised (Source & Date)
· Second Paragraph – Summary of your qualification and skills. Make it 2-3 sentences. Persuade them that you can be an asset of the company
· Third Paragraph – How you can be contacted. Show interest/excitement for the interview invitation.

5. Complementary Close – This should be business-like also ie. Respectfully yours, Sincerely yours and not Lovingly yours.

6. Signature over Printed Name & Designation - Don’t forget to sign.

Now, you are ready to make your own interesting cover letter. Believe in your skills and qualifications.

Good luck & Godspeed!

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