A cover letter accompanies your CV or resume when you submit your job application. It is your personal and professional introduction to a potential employer highlighting your interest in the job opening and the organization, and briefly relate your skills and qualifications to the available position. Keep in mind that a cover letter is not a summary of your CV or resume; to a certain extent, it is an invitation to your prospective employer to read your resume.

When writing your cover letter for the years of 2013 – 2014 and onwards, adhere to the following tips in order to make your cover letter more attractive. Don’t be so assertive as to appear anxious, but do be self-confident in initiating an interview.

 

Cover Letter Tips 2013 – 2014

• Try not to overstuff the pronouns “I”. “me” or “my” in your cover letter

• Whenever possible, address your cover to a named individual who has the power to hire you

• Emphasize on future, not past; i.e. the expertise and capabilities you would bring to the prospective employer

• Never repeat the same idea or sentence. Instead, change your sentence structure to a great extent

• Edit and rewrite at least 3 times to ensure a refined version

• Do not exceed to one page – writing a long cover letter means you are trying to hide some fact

• Email cover letters do not require headings and addresses

• Don’t forget to sign your letters immidiate above your typed name

• If you have enclosed a resume, references or transcript etc. type “Encl” after two lines of your signature and name

• Keep a soft copy of your cover letter for future references

• Always have some friend or family member proof-read your letter to catch typos or misuse of words not caught by your spell checker

• Use a laser printer to print on a high DPI

• Make use of a high quality paper; standard-size (8.5″ x 11”)

• Choose white or off-white paper which must match with the paper of resume

• Send your letter in a manila envelope to keep away from folding (The manila envelope is a special envelope made of thick, durable paper and sized so that full sheets of cover letter and resume can fit inside without being folded.)