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Why a cover letter? A cover letter adds value to your application -> The cover letter is your first and sometimes your only opportunity to grab an employer’s attention -> it is an addition to your CV (not a copy) and includes information or facts relating to your desired job or industry -> the cover letter is a unique personalised document that has to be tailored for the job you’re applying for (no generic letter for all your applications)
Why a cover letter? -> it allows an employer to get an idea about your profile and the elements that match the job requirements and about your motivation -> for a candidate it is an opportunity to sell himself and his credentials => Read the job description carefully!
The content of the cover letter ? Ø Aimed function Ø Information about your training / education and your professional experience Ø Professional experience / Additional experience Ø Skills and qualities Ø motivation
How to structure your cover letter? Ø Ø Ø Ø Ø Your address Contact person, name and address of the company Date Subject of the letter Letterhead Introduction Arguments Incitation to action Conclude with Yours sincerely / Yours faithfully signature
How to structure your cover letter? -> Introduction: present yourself briefly. Design your opening to get the employer to pay attention to what you can do. -> Next one or two paragraphs: outline tour qualifications, skills and experiences and match them to the requirements of the position. Also comment on your motivation. -> Final paragraph: indicate that you will be in contact to determine the next step Proofread your letter !
Example of a cover letter