How to Write a Cover Letter
The cover letter, also called transmittal letter, highlights the qualities that are necessary for the success of your career. It reflects your motivation and demonstrates your interest in the position and in the company. It must be attached to the résumé. It is your first contact with the prospective employer.
Therefore, it must be concise, personalized and easy to read and should create in the employer the desire to meet you.
Since the cover letter highlights the suitability of the job seeker for the vacancy, it should stimulate interest in reading the résumé. It often ends with an appointment proposal.
Depending on the instructions set out in the call for applications, the cover letter may be handwritten or typed on a computer. You must strictly comply with these instructions so that your application should not be rejected. For files to be sent through the Internet, make sure you print, sign and scan them before sending.
The content of cover letters differs from one situation to another. You can either respond to a job offer, or make a proactive application where positions are unknown. In this case, the applicant should rather insist on adherence to company values, knowledge of its market and openness to proposed positions. In short, the cover letter must be adapted to the prevailing circumstances.
The cover letter must have a neat style (straightforward) and create in the employer the desire to meet you.
It must give the impression to the employer that reading the letter will not take him much time. Paragraphs should be well spaced out.
Furthermore, the letter must indicate your strengths and interests and enable you to distinguish yourself from others. You must be convincing, confident, and do your best to show that you have the skills, attitudes, personal and professional qualities for the position to be filled.
To properly write your cover letter, you must answer three important questions:
- What is the purpose of your application?
- Who are you ?
- Why do you want this internship, job or training?