Why you should never ignore Cover letter in your job applications

You might be having excellent, well formatted CV detailing all your skill, experience and strength. One thing you could be missing is a sales pitch which summarises everything on your CV. This is a cover letter. It present you with a key opportunity to sell yourself to an employer. It should be brief but accurate.

Cover letter should be tailored for each and every positions you are applying for. Most job seekers makes great error by using only one cover letter for all job applications.

Most job adverts requires candidates to send the Curriculum Vitae along with Cover Letter unfortunately, most job seekers fail to know the key purpose of a Cover Letter. Before sending in your application letter, ensure that your Cover Letter is free of any error.

You can increase your chances of going through the next level of recruitment process by having a selling, well built Cover Letter.

Always take time and clearly read and understand the job description for the position you are applying for. The job description will guide you on how to draft your cover letter.

Use your Cover Letter as a bait to capture employer’s attention. Use it to tell employers who you really are and what you are capable of doing. Describe what makes you fit into the role and how your skills match the job and the company you want to work for. It should never be a copy paste of your CV.

Avoid including unnecessary details in your Cover Letter and avoid writing long stories. Follow the guidelines below.

Be brief
Identify yourself
Exhibit your passion
Sell your qualifications
Make it easy to read

Your years of experience does not matter, all you should take into consideration while applying for a job is it is a must to have a cover letter. It is not optional as all recruiters expect to see one. Below are some tips on how to get the important document to work for you;

Information to Include In Cover Letters
Addressing Cover Letters
Your full name, home address and the application date should be at the top.

Job title, company name and address of the employing organisation. Address the letter stating the name of the person; if you are not sure of the recruiter then use the Sir/Madam. Ensure that you indicate the job position you are applying for and the job reference number (if available). Ensure proper pronunciation and punctuation as it showcases your writing abilities.

Introductory paragraph

You should begin your cover letter by telling the recruiter why you are writing to them. If the job opening was advertised, please state when and where to saw the advert. For example, you can open your paragraph by this statement: “Following your advertisement on 27th November, 2019, in Kampala jobs seeking for an experienced and qualified driver, I Herby express my interest in the same .”

Main Body

The main paragraph is the key to your cover letter and should consists of two to three paragraphs at most. Include summary of your working experience, skills and academic qualification. You should also respond to the position requirements in a few sentences.

Highlight your unique and relevant skills, abilities and competence. Tell recruiter why you are the most suitable candidate the position. Give necessary examples of relevant tasks who have completed on your previous company.

Closing Paragraph

Use this last paragraph to ask the employer for an interview opportunity. Show that you are willing and ready to work for the company. Also tell employer how you an be reached. Include your email and phone contacts. Never forget to thank the recruiter for taking time to read through your application.

Finish the letter by adding a closing remark, “yours faithfully”. Leave a space for your signature and then place your full name.

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