What Is a Cover Letter? 

A cover letter is a copy of the page that summarizes your career qualification and experience that should be part of a job application. The only unique is when an advertised job application says ‘do not include a cover letter. 

A cover letter explains the purpose for the job application in addition to your skills and experience and requests for an opportunity to meet with the employer(s) and be considered for the position. The letter also shows the effectiveness of your communication skills. It is important to learn on how to write a cover letter.

 Cover letter writing 4 basic steps

Cover Letter Template

Below is a template on how the cover letter should be written which should also act as a guideline on how it should appear. The letter is a job advertisement for a person applying for a flooring consultancy job in XYZ Ltd.

Address of the applicant (Gary James, address email)

Address of the employer. (XYZ Ltd)

Dear (Sir, Madam)

RE: Flooring Consultancy-Job Number 1234/J

I am writing to apply for the position of flooring consultancy at XYZ Ltd as advertised online at SEEK on 11th August 2016.

I am a brilliant salesperson as indicated in my CV that I have enclosed and understand that in this fast-paced global retail, effective sales skills are a necessity. I have worked on a shop floor in three highly competitive industries. I have exceeded the sales quota on several periods and I have the required experience in closing the deals on several occasions. I have been awarded the sales person of the year on two occasions in my previous company.

In addition to my Higher Diploma in Design and Decorating from University of Pennsylvania, I understand the needs and specifications of the homeowners. I can be great asset to your company in delivering the necessary effort to generate more sales.

I would enjoy having an opportunity to discuss about this position with you and how I will utilize my skills and experience in your company. Thank you for your consideration in my application I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Gary James

Cover Letter Format

In the above cover letter template, the following format was keenly followed which include:

  • Applicant’s address
  • Employer’s address
  • The direct reason on why applying the flooring consultancy position and why you are the best choice for that position.
  • The highlights of the best points in the CV and matching relationship between your skills and the advertised job.
  • A call to action.

Tips on Writing a Cover Letter

The following tips are very important on how to write a cover letter.

1. Avoid repeating the resume

You should never repeat the resume because the cover letter indicate personality, interest and curiosity in the position that you applying.

2. Know the person to address

Address the name of the manager or the hiring company in the employer’s address. Sometimes, the person to address is not stated and you can address to the hiring manager or simply dear sir or madam.

3. Keep it short

Usually, the manager is a busy person or has several other letters to read or duties to perform and it is important to keep the cover letter as short as possible.

4. Make sure you have provided contact details

Leave the contact details in the cover letter so as to enable the employer to call or send you a letter or email.

5. Talk about the company

Ensure you have done a research on the company that you are applying for a job to show that you clearly understand the position that you are applying.

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