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How to Write a Cover Letter Professionally


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Knowing how to write a cover letter powerfully and persuasively can significantly improve your chances in the selection process. But first it is pertinent to ask ourselves at his point: what is a cover letter really for? The answer is that a letter is your opportunity to briefly introduce yourself, and explain to the employer why you believe you are a suitable candidate for the job. A well written letter is intended to make your resume stand out from the pile, increasing your chances of selection. The secret is knowing how to make a cover letter work effectively for you using the right balance of structure, brevity and highlighting of relevant skills and competencies, without running the risk of regurgitating your entire resume!

How to write an effective cover letter with good structuring

A good covering letter should consist of no more than five paragraphs, although four paragraphs is generally ideal.

Paragraph 1

The first paragraph is your opportunity to explain why you are applying for the position. Here is an example which can be used as a generic template:
I am seeking the opportunity to apply myself to an [ Enter position here ] position to enable me to capitalise on both my educational and professional experience whilst allowing me to progress in my career and advance within [ enter field here ] in general. [ Enter position here ] seems an ideal prospect, in view of my training, work experience and career interest.

Paragraph 2

Use the second paragraph to explain to the employer your current or most recent remit, mentioning the job title and name of employer. Briefly describe your remit, highlighting competencies that bear relevance to the job you are applying. Just as importantly, let the employer know what benefits you gained from the job: explain how relevant competencies were sharpened or developed.




Paragraph 3

Use the third paragraph to explain the remit of your previous position (i.e. prior to the role you mention in paragraph 2). As with paragraph 2, mention relevant competencies that were used and developed in your daily tasks.

Paragraph 4
(Final paragraph)


This is your opportunity to summarise why you believe you are an ideal candidate. A typical summary can be constructed as follows:

Researching your organization has convinced me that the position would utilize the knowledge and skills I have gained through my education and work experience. I believe I am a suitable candidate for the position in view of my education, experience and long term commitment within [ enter field ]. I hope therefore, that on consideration of my resume, you will be persuaded of my potential to perform well and make a real contribution as a member of your organization. In the meantime, I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

Yours sincerely,

Russell Jones




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