The art of cover letter writing is no hidden secret but not put to use by many. Instead of the format or the specifics of a cover letter, which I’m sure you’ll find anywhere, we decided to talk about the spirit with which a cover letter should be written.
What is a cover letter?
A cover letter is what keeps your CV company when you send an email for a job or an internship. Essentially, it allows a candidate to project themselves as someone who would be perfect for the job.
What to keep in mind while writing a cover letter?
Use the cover letter to expand on your experiences and tailor it to the job or positions you’re asking for.
Firstly, make sure the experiences you mention are not remote to what you’re applying for. If you’re looking for a job in a law firm known for IP, make sure you modify your cover letter to better bring into light your experiences with organizations or firms that also specialize in IP. Your experience in other fields will only go as far as to show that you can function in a professional environment.
Secondly, there is no perfect cover letter, no perfect format that you can rely on every time. Describe what qualifies you for the job and mention your interests to make the reader want to interview you. An organization’s site will often tell you what they want to read in a cover letter. For many of you reading this, who do not have much work experience, it is this perfect place to show why your extracurriculars or coursework make you a suitable candidate.
Understand that you’re asking them to give you something for free because many of you will be unproven in your professional careers. You don’t just have to convince them of your ability to look up cover letter formats, you have to provide argumentation that works in your favour. The skills you have acquired are pointless if you cannot express that you are confident in your application.
Mention projects, competitions and make your case.
Do not show desperation, that never works well for anyone applying for a job. If you’re desperate, just work a lot more on your cover letter and ask everyone you can for help with editing.
A basic test for how good a cover letter is would be to read out your cover letter to yourself. You might not have been through a dilemma like this before but answer this, would you give yourself a job? Now take into account everything else, how many people are applying for the job, how many are in direct competition with you. Now, ask yourself the same question.
You will need a lot of experience with writing cover letters since it is an acquired but essential skill.
We realize, however, that this can end up being hard despite the several websites you will probably go through, which is why we thought giving you these resources could help a lot.
Keep writing folks!