How to write a cover letter

We recommend writing a cover 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.

Tips and tricks for successful cover 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

Common cover letter problems

 

  • Cover 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 cover letter is full of boasts and not trustworthy
  • Spelling mistakes

How to modify your cover letter

Are you looking for a full time job?

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

Cover letter example

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

Good luck

We wish you good luck in writing the cover 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.