Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Application Dilemmas (Cover Letter)

You probably know what job you want to have right now. This is not just for those who wants to be a cabin crew but for all job that is being offered wether it's local or international. The first thing we want to do is to impress the employers using our resumes. Employers often base their first impressions on your CV's (correct me if I'm wrong). We all know how to make a resume but we have to make sure it's perfect. I've done too many resumes because I've been on too many interviews, and I still have some flaws in writing one. Nobody's perfect right?. Well, enough of that. Creating a resume can be very tricky. Some companies requires cover letters and some don't. It's not a mistake to be 100% sure. We will start by writing a cover letter. This can be submitted through email or personally.
Parts of a Cover Letter

  • Address Line
  1. Do not mispell anything in this section. To avoid this, be sure to proofread your work, and to have someone else look at your cover letter. If your address line contains errors, your cover letter is likely to never make it to the hiring manager.
  2. If you don't know who to address the cover letter to, at least ask what the position of the person concerned is. If even that isn't available, use "The Personnel Manager" or something similar
  3. Do your research; copy the address given in the advertisement. Hiring staff don't look favorably, for the most part, on letters that show a lack of knowledge of the company concerned.
  • Salutation
Perhaps one of the safest salutations is "Good Day" or "Greetings!". Avoid using Hey, Hey there!, Wazzup! salutations. Remember that you are applying for a job and not writing a letter to your friend. 

  • Introduction
Being simple is always good. So, keep it simple. Avoid mentioning useless informations. For fresh grads, mention your degree; for older applicants, mention your work field.

  • The Body
Do not go over all the information that is in your resume in your cover letter. Re-stating the information in your resume doesn't address what the employers want to know; why you are the best candidate for the job. Highlight relevant areas of your resume but do so in the context of your career goals and how such qualifications benefit the company.

  • Closing the Letter
The most common way is to ask the employer to call you at their convinience. But be different; be proactive and state that you are going to follow up, and suggest a date while also leaving room for the employer to contact you later. Something like "May I call to follow up on ___? If this is inconvinient, I can be reached at___" will suffice. Experts say "this shows your interest and your take-charge attitude".

  • Signature and Closing Statement
"Sincerely," or "Thank You" are the simplest way to end a cover letter, so try not to make things complicated with a long closing statements. Resist the urge to add a motto, quote or personal line at the end of your cover letters. It will only show that you are unprofessional and will make you silly or stupid. If you're going to send this through email, make sure you have your signature option turned off.


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