25Aug

How to Write a Cover Letter

A cover letter is the one that gives the potential employer a glimpse about you, so it should be very catchy, memorable and straight to the point, if your cover letter is interesting enough it will make the potential employer to want to check your CV and even short list you for an interview, therefore your cover letter should be treated as a key to your interview door.

Other important fact when writing a cover letter is, it should be based on a specific job and specific company, generic cover letters wont lend you an interview, so is very important to search the company that you want to send your CV to beforehand so that your letter should be directed specifically to that company.

Less is more, your cover letter should never be more than one page, one page is enough to catch the potential employer, so make it straight to the point, main point of the cover letter is to convince the potential employer to hire you because you are the best candidate for the job.

Your cover letter should include the following

  • Header with date and contact information – This section should include your contact information, date of application and recipient’s contact information. If you’d like, you can also center your name and address at the top of the page, mirroring the way it looks on your resume.

 

  • Salutation or greeting – If it is possible try to find the name of the person who will be reviewing applications for the job. Address your letter to this person with a common business greeting, such as “Dear” or “Hello.”

 

  • Opening paragraph – In the first paragraph of your letter, mention the job title for which you’re applying and where you saw the position posting. Explain your specific interest in the role and company so the reader knows you’ve done your research and have genuine interest. Briefly state the main experience or qualification you have that makes you a good fit. The first section of your cover letter is also the first impression the reader will have of you, so it is important to appeal to that person quickly and succinctly.

 

  • Middle paragraph – Your second paragraph should be a brief overview of your background as is relevant to the position. Here, you should include key achievements, skills and specialties that make you particularly suited to perform well in the position. Focus on one or two and provide specific details about your success including measurable impacts you made.

 

  • Closing paragraph – The next paragraph should focus on another key achievement or skill that is relevant to the position. Instead of repeating details from your resume, expand on specific stories or anecdotes that display your fitness for the role. Again, focus on stories that demonstrate the skills and qualifications outlined in the job description.

 

  • Letter ending and signature – You should end your cover letter with a paragraph that summarizes the reasons you are applying for the role and why you would be a great fit. Keep the cover letter conclusion brief and explain that you look forward to hearing from the employer with the next steps. End with your signature at the bottom.
25Aug

What must your Resume Include

A CV is one of the most important document that sell us to to the potential employer for a potential job, so it is very important that your CV stand out from other thousands of CVs that employers receive everyday So how to write your CV, What do you include? 1. The first part of your CV should always tell an Employer about you – This part should include your contact information: Here you must Include your full names, address, phone number and email address. 2. A Potential employer already know who you are at this stage, now you must tell them more about your Qualifications – List all schooling from high school through postdoctoral (if applicable). Include the title of the degree you earned, the year you graduated and the name of the school. 3. I’m sure you have heard a saying that says experience is the best teacher, Your potential employer is interested in knowing if you are bringing any previous experiences or not, so make sure you list all your previous employers in this section. – Include the organization where you worked, the job title, the dates you were employed and a summary of your experience and achievements. 4. Are you a top achiever? If you have won some accolades this is the best section to let your potential employer know that you are a hard worker and have been awarded some awards for your hard work. – For each award, add the name, year received, the organization that gave you the award and any pertinent details (such as how often it’s presented). 5. Can anyone verify the information you have submitted? – Your CV should always include references, these are usually your previous employers or school leaders or any person from any organisation that you were/are associated with, don’t include friends and family.   In a nut shell… Your CV Should include
  • Your full names and contact details
  • Work Experience
  • Educational background
  • Skills
  • References
Based on various industries, a CV can also include
  • Professional Certifications
  • Professional Associations
  • Languages
  • Additional Training and Courses
  • Awards
  • Blogging and Influencing
  • Volunteer Experience
Always remember to keep your CV Short and straight to the point, employers receive loads and loads of CVs and don’t have time to read long CVs.