It is common to send the CV to all the job offers when you are job seeking. But... Is that enough? Is it compulsory to make a cover letter? What is it, and what is it for?
Although sending the CV is the most classical and essential way to apply for a job, this document is very focused on summarizing your academic and professional achievements, without showing other aspects such as personality, skills, or motivation. Therefore, to cover everything, the CV can be supplemented by a cover letter to give more personality to your candidacy and, as a consequence, highlight from the other candidates. It's important that the prior preparation is well done, as it must be used to add value to your candidacy and prevent it from having the opposite effect. That's why we would recommend that you just prepare a cover letter for those offers that really like and, thus, you can spend the time needed.
As stated above, the cover letter shows recruiters and companies what the CV does not show. So you should not explain the same in your curriculum to extend your candidacy information. Take advantage of presenting yourself and highlight your personality, motivation and skills in about 200-400 words, so think first how you're going to structure it!
How should you do the cover letter?
- Contact details. Start with your contact details (name, last name, email, phone, and if necessary your address). Afterwards, you must report who the letter is addressed to. Write his/her details, but if you are not sure, you can write the company details and address to the "X Responsible". However, note that doing some research is well seen and valued.
- Mention in which position you are interested in.
- Before you start writing, get informed.What skills or experience do they ask for? What does the company to motivate you? How can you fit with company culture?
- Start writing considering what you have investigatedin order to prove that you are the ideal candidate for the position. In addition, you should express your motivation for this particular position, without mentioning that you may be looking for other jobs.
- Consider formality.As a general rule, for this type of document, you must use a formal record. However, if you see that the company has a more friendly tone, and you feel more comfortable with a closer record, you can take advantage of that. In the end, it is about showing that company culture ties with your personality.
- Show your availability.Finish the letter proposing an interview, and also remind them and motivate them to read your CV.
Finally, review the orthographic errors. A spelling mistake could affect on your professionalism. Also, if you have the necessary knowledge, you can design the format of the cover letter so that it is visually nicer to read, and the design itself shows a little of your personality and skills. If you want to finish it as it is established, write down the date of the day you send the letter on the bottom-left.
If you are actively job seeking, and you want to send several cover letters, you can have one as a draft. However, always remember to customize it. The company you are applying in needs to know you are motivated to participate in the project.
Now that you know how to do it, don't miss a chance to get the job you want!