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Monday, December 1, 2014

How to Write a Cover Letter

How to write a cover letter
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Job seekers should be fully equipped with the techniques required of them to secure their dream jobs and one of the means of doing that is knowing how to write a cover letter.  In this article, we will be looking at the ideal mode of writing a cover letter. 

According to Google, A Cover Letter is defined as "A letter sent with, and explaining the contents of, another document or a parcel of goods."

A cover letter typically accompanies each CV/resume you send out to provide additional information on why or how you are qualified for the job you are applying for. 

Effective cover letters explain the reasons for your interest in the specific job in an organization and identify your most relevant skills or experiences. 
Your cover letter could make the difference between obtaining a job interview and having your resume ignored, so it makes good sense to devote the necessary time and effort to writing effective cover letters.
A cover letter should complement, not duplicate, your resume. A cover letter is critical in creating a very good first impression.
Cover letters are generally one page at most in length, divided into a header, introduction, body, and closing 
Below is a template/blueprint I have suggested for you in writing your cover letters:
APPLICANT ADDRESS
RECRUITER ADDRESS 

SALUTATION
Dear [insert name of recruiting manager],

BODY

First paragraph: Mention the job you’re applying for and where you found the job listing.

Middle paragraphs: Discuss your qualifications. These paragraphs should be specifically tailored to requirements posted in the job listing. You might also consider including why this specific company interested you in the first place. Limit this section to two to three paragraphs.

Final paragraph: If you are going to follow up in one to two weeks, mention a specific date. If you would prefer to leave the ball in their court, say that you look forward to discussing your qualifications further. Also provide your email address and phone number. Don’t forget to thank them for their time.

CLOSE

Best Regards,

[insert your name]


Also, below is a Sample real world Cover Letter that follows the template above:
                              
                                                                       
                                                                                   Emeka Tunde Yohanna

                                                                                   20 Second Ave.

                                                                                   Surulere, Lagos

                                                                                   April 7, 2013

The Human Resource Manager

XYZ Company

123 Central District.

Abuja, Nigeria
Dear Sir/Madam,
I am interested in the Coordinator position advertised on ABC Media. Given my related experience and excellent capabilities I would appreciate your consideration for this job opening. My skills are an ideal match for this position.

As a professional administrative assistant with excellent research skills, I am eager to contribute my abilities and experience to XYZ Company. Given my extensive training and background, I believe I can help XYZ Company meet its goal of providing only the most accurate and timely information to its clients.  

Please find enclosed my resume and a list of my references. Feel free to call me at 1234567890, to arrange a time to meet. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Emeka Tunde Yohanna.



Hope this helps in your quest. Best wishes…



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4 comments:

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    1. Thanks for the compliment, Elder...

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    2. You will go places. Just all you need is consistency, patience and faith!

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    3. Hmmm...I must admit your words are inspiring and I say a big 'Amen'. Once again, thank you.

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