Job Descriptions And Duties

How to Write a Cover Letter

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Your cover/application letter and your resume are meant to invite you for an interview. Your letter establishes a connection between you and the job. You substantiate your motivation (why do I want that job?) And why you are suitable for the position. Your resume is clearly arranged and gives the selector a quick answer to the question: "Does this person have the right education, knowledge and experience for the job?"


The one swears that the cover letter is a cover letter to the resume, others believe that the letter is decisive in determining whether you are invited for an interview. Even the books on applying for jobs differ on this. In general you can say: letter and CV are both important and have their own purpose.


Your resume is often the first to be looked at. If your resume does not meet the requirements, your letter will often not be read. A resume actually tells you who you are and what you can do. All relevant work experiences, education, skills and qualities must be reflected in your resume. From this, the selector gets a picture of your skills, your level of work, your knowledge and your work experience. The challenge is to do this briefly, concisely and clearly, a CV can not normally cover more than two pages. There are several models that can help you prepare your resume. In your resume you naturally emphasize the elements that are important for the job. You also make sure that you sell yourself in your resume. You do this by putting forward your strong points and not incorporating your weak points as unobtrusively as possible.


- Personal Information: these are usually your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, date of birth, driving license and when you are available.
- You followed courses (from your secondary school), possibly including your courses, specializations and the subject of your thesis.
- The work experience you have, focused on those experiences and roles that match the position you are applying for.
- Relevant courses that you have done.
- Other relevant characteristics and skills that are not yet apparent from your work experience.
- Your hobbies, as long as they give you a good impression or say something about the person you are.
This is a description of a standard CV. You can also draw up a skills resume or a europass resume.

- A skills resume can be used if you apply for a job that you do not have the right work experience for, for example, a career switch. Even if you have not worked for a long time or are active as a freelancer, you can use this model. You rank your experiences, achievements, knowledge, roles and work experience. This clearly shows you which expertise and skills you have built up during your career.
- You use a europass CV to get your qualifications and skills clear when applying in European country. After all, it is not always known abroad, for example, what a diploma of a higher vocational education program entails.


Your letter will play a role when you are through the first quick selection of the CVs and have been found to be potentially suitable. In the letter you give your motivation for your application and give an impression of your personality. You proceed carefully.


- Who are you?
- What are the characteristics and skills that make you suitable?
- What experience do you have?
- Your ambitions: what do you want, or what opportunities do you want from the company?
- Why do you want to go to that company and precisely that function?


A good way to build up your letter is to write the letter as a sales letter. After all, you will market a product (yourself!) That will satisfy the needs of a customer (the selector).
- Attention: you attract the attention of the selector
- Interest: you awaken your interest with your unique qualities
- Desire: you awaken your desire for acquaintance
- Action: you turn it into the desired action: invite you to a conversation


Writing a good letter is difficult. You have to ...
- Transfer your qualities well
- Express your motivation and ambition clearly
- Convincing the other person with your profile
- Choose the right style and tone for your letter
- Finding a balance between bluffing or being honest
- Responding to the methods of the selectors


A good letter is short and concise, but still contains all the points that are necessary to bring yourself into the limelight. You can not lose your entire life story. So you have to choose which elements you use.
- Assume the job requirements, such as the characteristics and skills they require. The application committee uses that as a checklist to determine whether they find you a suitable candidate. First make a scrap on which you put all the requirements together. Read very precisely and make an analysis of the vacancy. Think about your life (your career, your education, activities next to your work, etc.) and write down keywords that come to mind in each of the job requirements.
- By using the keywords you provide your letter with facts. Do not write: 'I can manage well', but write: 'I have given pleasure to a project team. With this team we have achieved a successful implementation of an administration system within the set. ' Such a sentence shows that you meet the job requirement 'management', but also that you are enthusiastic and that your actions have led to success. A good way to link requirements to facts is to use the STAR method.
- Think about why you think you fit the organization, and exactly with the job you are applying for. If you want to be able to do this well, it is necessary to have a picture of the organization you are applying for. Take elements from the image of the organization that appeal to you and briefly discuss them. If you apply for a position as a trainee at a large organization, you may notice that size: "Because I am still at the beginning of my career, it seems to me useful to work at a large organization like yours. In this way I can get acquainted with many different departments and working methods. I hope to learn a lot from that. ' Of course it is useful if you have previously worked in the same industry or have been specifically trained for a certain industry. Incidentally, the more specific you can name what appeals to you, the better it will happen.
- Imagine sitting on the other side of the table. Consider what kind of person the company needs, with what kind of training, experience and knowledge. Take advantage of things you know about the company, for example recent or future developments. Then see how your skills and experience can benefit the company and explicitly mention that. Make sure your letter does not have too much ikke-ikke content.
- You probably already have some loose fragments of a letter. Determine a logical sequence to discuss the points.


Many letter writers tend to formulate excessively formally, which makes the letter difficult to read and is not attractive. Therefore, pay attention to the following points:
A good letter is short and concise. There is just enough to attract interest (the application committee should be curious about you by your letter).
- The style. "A good covering letter must be formal, but not too much". He must also match the style of the organization you are applying for. A job cover letter to a young and dynamic design agency can be looser than a letter to a chic accountancy firm. Write clear, short sentences.
- The tone. You have to put yourself on the market and you have to be noticed, but your letter can not be annoying. Avoid cliches and 'roaring' formulations. Sometimes, as a letter writer, you tend to write 'exaggerated'. It's not necessary. The brighter the better. Do not deny yourself and say in honest words what you like, striking and exciting about the job.
- Be original, reliable and coherent in your cv cover letter. Think carefully about a creative opening sentence. The first blow is worth a thaler!


Never send a resume cover letter out in a hurry. Chances are that there are still messy mistakes in your letter and there you do not make good ornamental.
- Check your letter on the basis of the checklist for a good cover letter.
- If the letter is really ready, print it out (even if you mail it), see if there are any smears and send it in a sufficiently stamped envelope or send the letter by e-mail. Pay attention also, because in the hush you easily forget an attachment.


To practice writing a good cover/application letter and resume you can also use letters and CVs from others. You can count on your own letters getting better if you have exercised your critical gaze on the letters of others. There are many examples of cover letters and CVs on the Career Tiger Forum. Read through a few. Does a letter and / or CV read nicely? How did that happen, how did the person do that? Is the motivation good? What does that mean for the presentation as a whole? Give your own comments and ask questions. Also formulate what you like about a letter and / or a resume. If you have written a letter and / or a CV yourself, post it in the forum and ask for feedback. This is how you focus your job application skills more and more!

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