Job Applications – Cover Letters 10

 

 12 simple steps to a perfect cover letter

Your cover letter (e-mail) is often the only chance you get to sell yourself to a potential employer. You can highlight key features of your attached CV and include material that is not in the CV, especially your personal qualities. However, it is important not to write too much. A few short punchy paragraphs are much more effective than pages of rambling prose.

OPENING
1. WHY YOU ARE WRITING
which job you are interested in and how you found out about it?
– I am responding to your advertisement on the internet for a marketing assistant.

BODY
2. CURRENT SITUATION
what is your current situation?
– I am 37 years old and am currently working as marketing assistant at ACME.

3. THE JOB
what interests you in this position?
– I am seeking a position that offers responsibility for my full range of marketing skills, as well as the opportunity to meet and work with a range of people.

4. YOUR CV
refer to one or two key points in your attached CV. This is an opportunity to explain relevant items in more detail.
– You will see from my CV that I have earned a BA as well as an MBA. I believe this training, combined with 7 years of experience in marketing, fully qualifies me to fill this position.

5. BACKGROUND & EDUCATION
demonstrate your knowledge of the company or position by highlighting key achievements and mention the skills and personal qualities that make you suitable for this job.
– During my graduate work I was particularly interested in market research and did my thesis research in this area. In addition to my marketing experience I have developed questionnaires.

6. EXPERIENCE
mention experience relevant to the job.
– I have had extensive experience in marketing, a skill that you asked for in your advertisement.

7. STRENGTHS
name your strengths – emphasise the skills & qualities which make you the perfect candidate. (see worksheets below)
– My strengths include outstanding interpersonal skills.

CLOSE
8. FINAL COMMENTS
round off the e-mail by leaving the reader with a positive impression.
– I hope that, on consideration of my CV, you will be persuaded of my potential to perform well in this role and to make a real contribution to your firm.

9. REFERENCES
refer to any references you have attached, or say who can be contacted as a referee
– The people I have listed as referees will endorse me as honest and hard working.

10. AVAILABILITY
let them know when you are available for an interview.
– I shall be available for an interview any time and shall be pleased to answer any questions you might have.

11. CONTACT
let them know how you can be contacted.
– You can reach me on +44 7900 873 353.

12. CLOSE
Indicate that you would like the opportunity to be interviewed for a position.
– I look forward to having the opportunity of meeting with you.

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EXAMPLE COVER LETTER
Subject:     Your advertisement for a marketing assistant

Dear Mr Prince,  

I am responding to your advertisement on the internet for a marketing assistant.

I am 37 years old and am currently working as marketing assistant at ACME. I am seeking a position that offers responsibility for my full range of marketing skills, as well as the opportunity to meet and work with a range of people. You will see from my CV that I have earned a BA as well as an MBA. I believe this training, combined with 7 years of experience in marketing, fully qualifies me to fill this position. During my graduate work I was particularly interested in market research and did my thesis research in this area. In addition to my marketing experience I have developed questionnaires. I am confident that my qualifications and experience will be of benefit to your organisation and would appreciate the opportunity to interview with you. My strengths include outstanding leadership skills.

I hope that, on consideration of my CV, you will be persuaded of my potential to perform well in this role and to make a real contribution to your firm. The people I have listed as referees will endorse me as honest and hard working. I shall be available for an interview at any time and shall be pleased to answer any questions you might have. I may be reached at the phone number and address listed on my CV.

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.  

Yours Sincerely,

An Applicant

 WORKSHEETS

Business Qualities – Opposites #1
Business Qualities – Opposites #2
Business Qualities – Opposites #3

Business Qualities – Synonyms #1
Business Qualities – Synonyms #2

Job Application – Prepositions

 

And here’s an interesting article from the Guardian
Grammar rules for your CV: top tips

10 thoughts on “Job Applications – Cover Letters

  1. Reply arum friday Feb 15,2014 %I:%M %p

    it’s helpful, thanks a lot.

  2. Reply Rob Dickey Feb 16,2014 %I:%M %p

    There is a lot of good in here, but age is probably the LEAST important element, and in many cases it is likely inappropriate. Far more important is the experience, which can(should?) be expressed in years. At the least, age should not be the first item in the lead sentence for the “contents” paragraph.

  3. Reply El Feb 16,2014 %I:%M %p

    Hi, I have to agree with Rob. Age shouldn’t be mentioned in an English letter although my German students are always keen to put it in. A cultural difference perhaps? I’ve noticed they will always say how old they are in a self introduction too.

  4. Reply lena khaw Feb 17,2014 %I:%M %p

    I think age is important in my country – Malaysia. This piece of information helps gauge the candidate you are looking for – in terms of maturity, job specifications, and the position he is to fill and the expereience he’s had, just to name a few.

    What’s more important is the sample cover letter that shows how thoughts are tied together. Many 2nd language learners have difficulty in writing coherently, succintly and without grammar errors.

  5. Reply Chris S Feb 18,2014 %I:%M %p

    Interesting, especially the comments on the age situation. I am German myself and even though the d.o.b. is a must in the CV over here, as well as a picture, I would never highlight my age in the CV as it is done here unless I have achieved a very senior position at young age that I would like to draw attention to. Though thoug in the UK and US not mentoning age would be the common thing now with companies making a big fuss about equal opportunities and such…

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  7. Reply Elhadji Apr 19,2014 %I:%M %p

    Very helpful.

  8. Reply Graham Apr 24,2014 %I:%M %p

    As a retired Manager with fairly extensive experience in assessing written applications, the candidates age is definitely a significant factor. However, experience and relevancy to the position is far more important, and needs to be presented up front, well before bringing in the age factor. In fact, for a mature age applicant it is possibly best left out and only brought up if the interview stage occurs. I know from personal experience, there is a conscious, or unconscious bias against applicants older than their potential manager/supervisor. As a result, older applicants tend to be automatically rejected in preference to younger ones, in spite of any discriminatory laws in place.
    Other than that, the 12 points are a good formulae for the all important covering latter.
    I don’t think the importance of the covering letter can ever be over emphasised – it has to stand out and be written in a way to make it unique to catch the attention of the reader. Unless it achieves this goal, the CV will probably never even be read, especially if there are a great many applicants for the vacancy.

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