Introduction It is very important that a job seeker knows the qualities of a good cover letter. Just the resume is not enough, you need to have a proper cover letter too to apply for jobs. But many do not know how to make a cover letter or rather what a cover letter is? It is a document, which normally accompanies the curriculum vitae or resume and can be termed as a letter of introduction. Not all employers ask for a cover letter but some make it a mandatory requirement. Remember to make an effective cover letter so that the employer will hire you. It is always better to make personalized cover letters rather than sending the same to all the employers with the heading 'To whomsoever concerned'. Last but not the least, avoid any sort of grammatical error, spelling mistakes etc in a cover letter. This applies to your resume as well. This article briefs you about the important points to be included in a cover letter.
Conclusion Always keep in mind that a cover letter is not a place for you to repeat whatever is already mentioned in your resume. It is a place where you can write about the additional things which are not there on your resume. Hence utilize it by being clear about what you are capable of and your experiences. If you have worked for too many companies try to highlight the most important ones. Try to showcase your skills and talents through the cover letter. Give importance to your certifications or the additional technical qualifications you have done in addition to your educational qualifications. Remember do not mention any ability that you do not possess. Be honest and genuine and that will be paid for.
The cover letter is like a prologue to a story. The letter should make the reader or the recruiting officer have the intent or curiosity to flip through the other pages of the detailed CV etc. The letter with the core skills and experience is like a one paragraph resume, that will give the gist of who you are, what can you bring in to the team or the firm.
Glad that the author has mentioned about whom to address the letter, a letter that nails the name, designation and the office correctly gives an impression to the receiving authority that this person means business and is different from the regular applicants, hence they pay more attention to the further details.
It is crucial to inform your referees before you post and also whom you post it to. If the recruitment authority, calls up the referee and the referee is struggling to place the candidate, it gives a very bad impression.
The covering letter should be written in very simple English with small sentences so that there will not be any problem to the reader in understanding the subject what you want to convey. There should not be any spelling mistakes or grammatical mistakes. By reading the cover letter they should get the inclination that they should go through the biodata. In my opinion, the covering letter should be abstract to your detailed resume. When we read the abstract of a paper we will understand how good is the paper and then decide whether to go through the full paper. In the same way, the covering letter should make the reader get interested in going through the resume. But one should be careful and see that it will not be very elaborate and boring to the reader.
The skills you have and which are very much required for the applied job should be compared and those skills should be just hinted in the covering letter and details should be furnished on the resume. The covering letter is the first document which introduces you to the employer. So the introduction should be in such a way that the tie-up will get strong after reading the covering letter.