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Writing Cover Letter and Application Letter

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Among the most important documents written during university time are cover letter (CV) and application letter. Depending on the quality of the writing, you will either get the desirable job or fail. We are here to help you achieve success in your future life. Check out what qualities employers expect to see in your application package.

Keep in mind the readers’ interests. When you write the documents, you should emphasize not on what you need, but why they need you. It is the company looking for a new employee and you should fit its requirements. Write “My experience will help your company to X” instead of a simple phrase without a sense load like “I have had 2 years experience”. The employer wants to see how you can contribute to the company.

Support claims with evidences. Facts themselves are boring and empty without evidences and examples. Make sure you write at least 3-4 interpretive statements in the body of your document, e.g. “I enjoy writing with aspiration”.

Be concise. Express your thoughts precisely and in short sentences.

Tips for Writing the Application Letter

  1. Each application requires a specific letter. No matter whether you are asked to send a resume only or CV, attach an application letter anyway as it could make a favorable impression about your candidacy.
  2. Make sure that a letter is created in a standard format with salutations and correctly-written names.
  3. A letter is usually no more than one page in length.
  4. Create a strong and clear beginning. For example, when you write a speculative letter, mention the position you would like to get and combine it with the knowledge about the company. While writing for an advertised job, mention the source of getting the info on it.
  5. Write in paragraphs as it is easier for the reader to catch the main ideas and points you are making.
  6. Writing a strong end is the guarantee of getting an interview. There is no need in expressing your gratitude to the employer for spending time on reading your documents.

Major Points about Cover Letter

  1. Write more than one cover letter. Each should highlight different aspects of your profession so that you could quickly choose the appropriate one for the position you are applying for.
  2. Let each of your letters contain headings, lots of white space and be written in the right format.
  3. Create several cover letters – in the traditional (chronological) and functional organization. The main parts of the traditional cover letter are Education and Experience while the second type contains information of your personal qualities and experience.
  4. Facts should be written in reverse chronological order – the most recent ones come first. Details of high-school achievements and personal details should be omitted.