Make sure your CV is up to date without spelling mistakes. Keep your CV clean,
to the point and dynamic, always sell yourself with confidence (See
Writing an effective CV and CV template). Make sure you put your full
contact details, including your email address on your cover letter in the top left
of the letterhead.
A cover letter must not duplicate your CV / resume but should highlight your strengths
and get the reader interested in you as a potential candidate for the job you are
Research the company you are writing to and find out as much as you can about them
and let them know that YOU have taken the time to do so. Always encourage them to
get back in touch with you without sounding either desperate or demanding.
Let them know you are the ideal candidate for the job by telling them specifics
that separate you from the rest and always be complimentary about the business.
Use Google or Linkedin to research information about the person you are writing
to in order to get their correct name and title.
Dear Sir/Madam (it is better if you can use a name)
When I saw your ad for (Job title) on the (where you saw the job advertised) I couldn't
help noticing how well your requirements align with my own experience, education,
skills and background, so I am excited about presenting my CV to you for consideration.
(List, like below some bullet points about your skills, experience and talents that
match perfectly with the job spec requirements.)
I have read extensively about (name the company) as well as the company’s management
style and was impressed by your company’s corporate philosophy and business practices.
I have excellent references and would be delighted to discuss this opportunity with
you at your earliest convenience. (be confident, assertive but polite)
I look forward to hearing from you.
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