Writing the Perfect Cover Letter

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Relating the cover letter with the various qualifications, roles and responsibilities stated with the position greatly enhances your chances of success.

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A crucial part of applying for a job is developing a suitable cover letter to accompany your other papers. Generally speaking, this document entails a short explanation detailing why you are suitable for the position involved. It’s designed to support the information provided with your curriculum vitae, and when done efficiently it can help you stand out from the other candidates.  
Some of the things you should consider when developing a cover letter for a job application include: 

Customize your details 
A common mistake made by many people is the use of one cover letter for all of their applications. In such circumstances, the cover letter usually offers general information regarding the candidate’s potential and capabilities. Such details, however, don’t offer any helpful specifics to the recruiter concerning why one would be suitable for the position. 
Relating the cover letter with the various qualifications, roles and responsibilities stated with the position greatly enhances your chances of success. If an employer is looking for someone who can provide creative content, for instance, then giving examples of how you would achieve such requirements can enhance their interest in your application. You can do this by providing samples of the previous works you have done in this aspect. 

Keep it short 
It’s important to remember that an employer will be sieving through numerous applications when searching for suitable candidates. This means that they won’t have the time to go through long statements when reviewing cover letters. The document should thus be about half a page and consist of short and precise sentences that get right to the point. 
Lengthy letters might discourage a recruiter/employer from going through the details entailed within. Don’t try and sugar coat your words or beat around the bush. 

Double-check your grammar and formatting 
As the adage goes, the devil is in the details. How you construct your cover letter offers additional insight on your character for the employer. This means that your language should be perfect, lacking any grammatical errors or amateurish statements. Your cover letter should reflect your professional proficiency. 
Avoid using contractions where possible, and maintain a formal tone when providing your details. Do not use lengthy paragraphs, but rather separate the information to shorter stanzas consisting of four to five sentences each at most.

Avoid Repetition  
Your cover letter should not be a brief of your CV. It’s supposed to supplement this document and not act as a summary. Don’t talk about your qualifications or any information that is already listed in your resume. Instead, try and add to the content presented in your CV by going into further details about the positions you have listed, for example, or adding content that has not been included. 


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    Victor | January 14, 2020 08:21

    Facts highlighted

    SERUMAGA | September 26, 2019 13:24

    You are so helpful to us and extremely humbled by your advise. Gonza Kaita Araali

    DANIEL | August 07, 2019 15:29

    This is very material for all job seekers ,thanks for the great insight offered to us. Please kindly provide with at least a sample to learn from

    Trizah | August 06, 2019 12:16

    very helpful,How could i know i have been doing it wrong!

    Margaret | August 06, 2019 05:23

    Kindly do us a sample of cover letter. It will greatly help us develope one. Thanks

    John | August 05, 2019 21:26

    What is the difference between cover letter and motivation letter?

    Vincent | August 02, 2019 03:58

    In most times people write in the mail body that, Please kindly receive my cover letter and curriculum vitae attached Thanks Yours Sincerely ............. ............ Is this Recommended?

    Chrisabtos | July 30, 2019 09:32

    Thanks for the information about a cover letter however there isn't a sample cover letter to learn from.

    ESTHER | July 29, 2019 09:26

    thanks for this guidance on how to write a cover letter however can i have one example of a cover letter to learn from

    Clement | July 26, 2019 07:17

    Do you mean that,we should not repeat the details that are already on CV when writing cover letter?If so,how to write?


    Fuzu | July 29, 2019 08:23

    Hi Clement, Thank you for your question. A cover letter is made to compliment your resume by avoiding entirely quoting what is in your CV. For example, you will not include all the companies you have worked with but you can quote your biggest achievement from your entire experience.


    Peak | July 29, 2019 16:22

    So you are supposed to send your Resume, Cover letter and Portfolio. My question is what do you write on the mail body?


    Fuzu | July 30, 2019 08:25

    Hi Enock, The mail body, should be a brief introduction of who you are and your expertise. You can also write a summary of your skills in 3 lines and how they align with the role you are applying for.

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