When applying for a job, a cover letter can often be the make or break of an employment opportunity. The cover letter is used usually when one is responding to a known job position or to accompany ones CV. The letter allows for the applicant to summarize in a brief and fluid form, ones interest in working in the advertised position as well as an overview of ones resume.
There are several key parts to writing a cover letter:
The salutation - This greeting at the beginning of the letter is a formality that should not be missed out.
The main informational paragraphs - The body paragraphs of the cover letter is where one has the chance to display their relevant experiences and qualifications to the reader.
The closing paragraph/sentence(s) - The last sentences are one of the most important parts of the letter due to the fact that it gives the applicant the chance to summarize briefly why the job is “perfect” for them.
Due to the fact that the cover letter often gives the employer the first impression of the employee there are also many common mistakes that should be avoided.