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How to write a cover letter

How to write a cover letter

A covering letter is sent with the CV right before the interview. The covering letter shows the motivation of the applicant. Therefore, we also talk about a motivation letter.                                                             

We recommend writing a covering letter for any role, temporary job, project or internship included. It is very important for fresh graduates as well as for others no matter their qualification and work experience.

Letter = e-mail

Even though we talk about “a letter”, a covering letter is mostly just text in the body of an e-mail. Your covering letter does not need to be attached as a document – but your CV does.

Fill in the subject of an e-mail.

Enter the position you are applying for in the subject of the e-mail. Do not leave it blank.

AnchorTips and tricks for successful covering letter

  • Modify the letter to the position you are applying for
  • Try to be brief and concise
  • Write about your strengths
  • Match yourself to the job and write why you are the right kind of person for the role
  • Stress the reasons you want to work for the company
  • Write about what you can contribute to the employer

AnchorCommon covering letter problems

  • Covering letter is not modified to the position
  • The text is too long and not easily readable
  • Motivation points of the applicant are missing
  • Too much data in the CV is repeated
  • The covering letter is full of boasts and not trustworthy
  • Spelling mistakes

AnchorHow to modify your covering letter

Are you looking for a full time job?Anchor

Are you a fresh graduate? Have you just finished school and seeking your first job?

Are you applying for projects, part-time jobs or do you want to be a contractor?

AnchorAnchorCovering letter structure:

●To whom it may concern

●What position you are applying for

●Where you found out about the position

●Time information on when you can start and when you finished your previous job

●Why you are interested in the position and why you are the right kind of person

●Personal interview requirement

Covering letter structure:

●To whom it may concern

●What position you are applying for

●Where you found out about the position

●Time information on when you can start and when you finished your previous job

●Why you are interested in the position

●Abilities, experience, education, and why you are the right kind of person

●It is crucial to stress any suitable part-time job and language skills

●What school and after-school activities you did (relevant to the role)

●Personal interview requirement

Covering letter structure:

●To whom it may concern

●What position you are applying for

●Where you found out about the position

●Why you are interested in the position

●Stress your time possibilities, willingness to work shifts/nights, etc.

●Abilities, experience, education and why you are the right kind of person

●Personal interview requirement

AnchorCovering letter example

We have also prepared other covering letter examples – see below covering letter examples and do not hesitate to be inspired by them. Try to write the covering letter honestly and by yourself – the ability to formulate your own thoughts will be appreciated by HR.

AnchorGood luck

We wish you good luck in writing the covering letter in order to interest the company so you will be invited to an interview. Increase your hiring chances and also read How to prepare for an interview.