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How to Write a Cover Letter

Cover letters are required in life almost by everybody. The most common of them all is when you seek a job. Cover letters are introductory letters that must not be confused with application letters. There is more information that can be captured in a cover letter than in an application letter.

How should an excellent cover letter be written? Cover letters must follow certain guidelines. The first thing is that your personal information must be well captured. Do not leave out your name, physical address, email and phone number. Clarity in this information is important. The next thing is to capture information of the manager or any other hiring officer. This means that you should have done research to know their names.

Seriousness will be noted if the cover letter is addressed to a particular manager by name. Use his or her name then include his or her title within the organization. You can also capture company details including phone number and email. Your personal information and the company information should follow each other.

Salutation should follow your addresses. Trying to use catchy phrases at salutation could work against you. Case in point is using the usual clich? of ‘dear Sir or Madam’. Introduce yourself by saying who you are professionally. Since your name is at the address you do not have to mention it again. This would be comic and it can potentially deny you the job.

As you proceed with your introduction ensure that you create an impression of happiness for wanting the job. You can state some things that endear you to the company. The excitement should also be linked to the job you want. Do also relate the job you are applying for with your skill set.

The main body of the cover letter is actually the most important part of it all. This is the point when you actually pitch for the job. Prove you actually deserve the job. Reiterate your skill sets that are related to the job you are applying for. Proceed to show the relevance of such skill sets to the job and how they would improve performance of the company. Support your argument with experience gathered in previous jobs.

In conclusion show excitement again for the job you need. Also, let the recruitment panel know that you can avail yourself for an interview at any time. Use words that command respect such as ‘sincerely’ and ‘regards’ when signing off. In terms of formatting your cover letter, left alignment is the best with one inch margins all round the page. Fonts that are advisable are 12 point Georgia, Arial and Times New Roman.

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