What is a Covering letter?
A cover letter, or covering letter, is a short introduction letter that hiring employers ask within the CV. The cover letter is not always mandatory but, experts say, it can increase your chances of getting the job . People might write a cover letter in order to apply for a university master’s degree course, an internship or a job in an organization. The aim in all these cases is to be able to convince the employer(s) that he/she is the best candidate for the position he/she’s applying. Clearly/Evidently/Obviously, it should not be by telling lies, but by showcasing the key skills and expertises that make them a good fit for the position.
As I mentioned previously, a covering letter is generally short
because it should be read “at a glance”. In fact, people in charge to select candidates have to read a lot of covering letters and CVs so they tend to easily discard unsuited profiles.
Furthermore, a covering letter should consist of four or five sections: greeting, opening, body, conclusion and complimentary close.The opening paragraph is the most important part. It may be used to capture the attention and the interest of the employer(s). In a few lines you have to specify what job you’re applying for and why you consider yourself suited for the position, showing your motivation and expressing your enthusiasm. In the body, or middle paragraph, point out your expertises, qualifications and past (or present) work experiences that match(suit) the desired qualifications. To do
this, you should carefully read the job posting. In the conclusion, you should thank the reader for the time and the attention and ensure response on the part of the employer by writing sentences like “I look forward to the opportunity to
personally discuss why I am particularly suited to this position”, “Please telephone me after 4.00 p.m. to suggest a time that we may meet”.