If you want to let a prospective employer know you and read your resume, then you need a cover letter to do that. Your cover letter has the same importance as your resume. Any time your will submit a resume or CV to a prospective employer, you need to accompany it with a cover letter.
What you cover letter essentially askes the employer is an interview. It is the cover letter that will invite your prospective employer to be interested to read your resume. If a prospective employer takes time to read your resume, then he can find good reason to interview your or not.
And, if you get the attention of the employer through your cover letter, then he will feel duty-bound to call you in for that important interview.
Below are some tips in writing a cover letter that is effective.
On your cover letter, you need to first write your contact details including your name, address, phone number and the date in the right hand corner or middle of letter. Following your personal contact information is the prospective employer’s details which include his full name, position, company name, and company’s complete address.
The opening paragraph should contain the exact job you are applying for. This opening paragraph will bring yourself to the attention of the one reading your cover letter. There are many ways of writing the opening paragraph like summarizing the job opening, simply naming it requesting for the job opening, or questioning the availability of the job opening.
On your next paragraph you need to provide descriptive information about your education, work experience, and your ability to work with other or alone. The next paragraph should include descriptive information about your education, work experience, and your ability to work with others or by yourself. Show your interest in the field in the company and talk about your responsibilities in your previous employment. This part should convince the prospective employer that you are the employee that they are looking for and call you in for a job interview.
Make sure that you close your cover letter with something that will make the prospective employer act on your request for an interview. Submit your cover letter with your resume enclosed.
When addressing your prospective employer, never use abbreviations and always use his full name. The person in charge of hiring should be the recipient of your cover letter. Don’t forget to sign your letter by hand.
This letter is like a sales letter because you are selling yourself. The cover letter is given so that the prospective employer will know why you think you are qualified to have the job that they are offering. You letter should center on what you are able to do for the company and not the other way around.
The tips will help you make a cover letter that will give you better chances of being called in for an interview.
Sample cover letters for specific job opening can be found online.