A cover letter accompanies your CV or resume when you submit your job application. It is your personal and professional introduction with a prospective employer. It highlights your interest in the advertised job and briefly relate your skills and qualifications to the needs and demands of prospective employer. Keep in mind that a cover letter is not a summary of your CV or resume – it is an invitation to your prospective employer to read your resume.

When writing your cover letter for the years of 2016 and onwards, adhere to the following tips in order to make it an attractive piece of writing. Don’t be so assertive as to appear anxious, but do be self-confident in initiating an interview.

Cover Letter Tips 2016

• Try not to over-stuff 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 immediately 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.)