The cover letter is every bit as important as your resume and should always accompany your resume or CV. Your cover letter introduces you (and your resume) to your prospective employer.
Your cover letter serves to ask for an interview. Your prospective employer then decides whether or not to read your resume to learn more about you. When all is said and done, the prospective employer will feel compelled to call you in for that important interview to learn more about you.
Below is an outline on how to write an effective cover letter.
Cover Letter Outline – How to Write a Good Cover Letter
Dear Mr. John
Opening paragraph – Use an opening that will bring yourself to the attention of the reader and make clear the exact job you are applying for. Use one of the following:
1. Summarize the opening
2. Name the opening
3. Request an opening
4. Question the availability of an opening
Secondary paragraph(s)- Provide descriptive information to provide the reader with good reasons to invite you to an interview. Use a variety of the following:
2. Work experience
3. Ability to work with others and/or alone
4. Interest in your field
5. Interest in the company
6. Responsibilities in previous positions
Closing paragraph – This will be written so your prospective employer will take action!
Take the initiative and suggest a good time for you to come in for an interview. Be sure to include all of your contact information, including your email and fax numbers.
Enclosure (this will be your resume)
To review, you will always begin your cover letter by placing your full name, address, telephone number and email address, if you have one, in the top left hand corner of your letter. You will follow this with the same information addressing your letter to your prospective employer.
When addressing your prospect, always use full name, address, etc., and do not use abbreviations.
Address your letter directly to the person in charge of hiring.
Key Phrases to be used in your Cover Letter:
1) I am writing to you in response to your advertisement in the LinkedIn Post, dated May 10th, 2014.
2) As you can see from my enclosed resume, my experience and accomplishments match this position’s requirements.
3) I would like to point out……(add text that is most relevant to the position.)
4) During my 5 yrs. with Company Name, I initiated extensive improvements that resulted in garnering 30 more clients for the period ending….
5) I would appreciate the opportunity…. to meet with you to discuss my qualifications for your position, OR,…to speak with you in person.
6) Please accept this letter as an expression of my interest in the position of…
7) A copy of my resume has been enclosed for your review.
8) I believe that my skill-set matches perfectly with your requirements.
9) I possess the right combination of nursing skills to be an asset to your organization.
10) I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss my potential contributions to your company.
11) I look forward….to hearing back from you….OR…..to your reply.
Basic Cover Letter Template Example:
Using a good cover letter template, you can simply fill in the blanks. You might want to do this until you feel entirely confident in designing your own.
Dear Mr. (full name here) or Ms. (full name here)
Open your letter with something that will command attention—a statement that establishes you to your reader. Briefly state which job or position you are applying for.
The secondary section of your letter should be highly relevant to the position applied for. Offer one or two (brief) paragraphs that point to why you are the best one for the job. Do NOT simply summarize your resume!
Your closing paragraph is critical to your success! You need to initiate action! Do this by explaining what action you will take, such as: I will call you at such and such a time to arrange an interview. If not being so forward, end with: I look forward to your response. If you leave the calling in their hands always state: Please contact me to set up a good time for an interview and make certain they have your contact information at hand.
Always finish your letter with:
Sincerely yours, or Yours truly, or similar
Your full name
Your full mailing address
Your City, state, and zip
Your Telephone number(s)
Your Email address
Cover Letter Sample:
Dear Mr. John
I am extremely interested in opened position of Software Quality Assurance Engineer and hope that meet the requirements. In order to explain it, the following coverage is enclosed:
· I have 8 years of experience in software systems quality assurance, users support and training, deployment and support of applications on production sites, software release coordination
· 8 years test cases planning, design and execution, documentation update and maintenance, coordination of use cases design
· Independent learning of new technologies, hard working, ability to meet dead line time and work under stress and pressure, have multitasking capabilities
· 8 years of development and maintenance of the automation scripts for load, stress and regression performance testing procedures
· Strong knowledge and understanding in design of the defect reports and reproduction by cooperating with development
· Engineering and methodological approach to steady improvement of processes on all phases of the software life-cycle
· Capability to review and discuss with development and users requirements in order to achieve the most effective test plan
· 8 years of progressive experience in software testing
· Engineering background, certificate in Computer Science
· 8 years experience in development (automation and SQL Server DB)
· Excellent communicative ability, high motivation and positive attitude to the customers and colleagues
· Experience with black-box and white-box testing of multiple applications
I believe that I have all qualifications you need, references with telephones and recommendations may be presented upon request.
73 Glamis Drive SW,
Calgary, AB T3E 6S9
Now that you have mastered the art of resume and cover letter writing, it is time to become a seasoned job-hunter.
Everyday, some 32 million people will leave their homes for a job they absolutely hate. Dark feelings of negativity will touch every aspect of their lives, including their family, their friends and not to mention the many activities they put their free time into.
These people might lack the know-how they need to change. They might be afraid to leave the security of a weekly paycheck behind, or they might just feel locked-in to accepting a dead-end job.
Whatever the reason, there is a far better way to live. All it takes is that first inkling to want more, want better and then…..to just move on. Sure, there is an element of risk involved, but that just comes with the territory. Without risk in life, well….life is not nearly so interesting.
Change is not always easy. We all deserve change, though, if that is what we need to live a better life. Meaningful purpose in our lives can be the one driving force that adds dimension to our days. Finding that meaningful purpose through our work, through our career, well, that is what life is all about!
Take your passion for life and make that into your career — live your dreams now while you still can — your job, your career, your life — can be so much more than just a wish, it can be your truth and your reality.
It is up to YOU!
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