Perfecting the cover letter

Perfecting the cover letter

Applying for a dream job requires more than a CV. In order to stand out amongst all the applications, you’ll need to impress prospective employers with a great cover letter. Here are a few tips to improve your job application cover letter…

The aim of a cover letter is tell prospective employers why you’re an ideal candidate for the job. Here is an example of a professional cover letter to which we have added an alphabetised index below to help you tailor it for your next job application.

Dear…

I am writing to you in response to the ____A_____ position as advertised in/on _____B_____.

I can offer your company ___C____ years of experience in ______D_____. I have a certificate/diploma/degree in _____E_____ and have excellent ______F____ skills, all of which should make me an ideal candidate for this position.

I have attached my CV for your review and would welcome the opportunity to discuss the position with you in an interview.

Kind Regards

Your name
Your contact details

A – Write the full title of the position as advertised.
B – Fill in the name of publication or website where you found the advertised position.
C – Fill in the number relevant working years you have gained in a related position.
D – Fill the name of the position you held and the company you worked for.
E – Specify relevant qualifications you have.
F – List relevant job skills you have to offer.

You can edit the template to suit you and your personal writing style. However, don’t use slang or abbreviations in a cover letter if you want to be taken seriously. Always read over your cover letter and double check spelling before you hit send.

You could also take the top five requirements of the advertised position and make a list showing how you meet each one. Once you have done this, you can add this list to your cover letter when mentioning the skills you have to offer. It’s important to remember that everything you say in your cover letter and CV must be true. Getting caught out for lying about your skills and experience in a job application is not only embarrassing, it’s fraudulent!

If you’re still uncertain about how to write a cover letter, have a look this example…

Dear Debbie Fourie

I am writing to you in response to the junior graphic designer position advertised on Career Junction.

I can offer your company two years of experience in graphic design and photography. I have a certificate in Graphic Design and completed a part-time course in Adode Photoshop at UniCollege. While completing these courses, I worked as freelance designer and photographer. I am creative, have a keen eye for detail and have excellent time management skills proven by the fact that I always submitted my college and freelance assignments before deadline. I believe my skills, qualifications and personal drive to excel in my profession would make me an ideal candidate for this position.

I have attached my CV for your review and would welcome the opportunity to discuss the position with you in an interview.

Kind Regards

Ntombi Ngobeni 

Email address
Contact number

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