Letters by Job Type
The cover letter’s job is actually two fold. Basically, it’s a standard one-page document that performs a simple formality function. It’s a candidate’s way of introducing your skills and explaining your experiences to the recruiter. It also provides the recruiter with a handy list of your contact details.
Candidates usually make the huge mistake of making their cover letter simply a re-writing of their resume. Your cover letter should provide highlights from your CV. It distils the key themes into one place that is more detailed and relevant. In your cove letter, talk about the company you’re applying for – do some research and specifically tell them what attracts you to the organization.
You can accompany your motivations with all the relevant qualities you have for the job. While researching the company, take note of the specific key words they mention. Pick out the top 3 or 5 qualities the employer is seeking – these should be the qualities that you cover in your cover letter. Provide concrete examples and solid numbers wherever you can.