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How to write a cover letter

How to write a cover letter

Cover Letter (CL) is a document that accompanies your CV when applying for a job. As the CV is a document written according to the established pattern and thus is similar from candidate to candidate, a cover letter is your chance to give some individual stamp to your biography and to stand out your specifics. CL is preferably as short as possible (200-250 words), and its aim is to guide the employer to the CV, to show the activity and characteristics that are of particular importance for the application.

Your cover letter should answer the questions that the employer might ask himself reading your CV. In short, the goal of the cover letter is to answer the question of employer: Why should I hire this person?

A cover letter takes the form of a business letter: your address and contact details come under your name in the upper-right corner of the page. Beneath it, on the left, write the name of the person you are addressing to, as well as his function and the organization he works for. If you do not have the name of the contact person, address the letter to a company.

If you know the name of the person you are writing to, start with Dear Sir or Madam / Miss, or if you write in English Dear Mr., Ms., Mrs., In this case, you should finish the letter with greeting "Sincerely" or "Kind regards". If you do not know the name of the contact person, start with Dear / Dear in English Dear Sirs, or Dear Sir or Madam.

At the end of the cover letter indicate the place and date of writing the letter. Below that specify which documents are enclosed. If you send only the CV, it is enough to mention this in the text of the cover letter.

If the application is submitted by mail, print a cover letter on white paper A4, same as your CV, and put it in a white envelope. It is not recommended to print on a paper of different color other than white and using other letter colors other than black. Strive to provide quality printing of your CL and your CV.


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