A cover letter is a standard job application document in which you can state your interest in and motivation for a given job opening and the company that advertised for it. Cover letters tend to become less important nowadays however, due to the high quantity of job applications.
Indeed, the curriculum vitae (writing guidelines) may be a much more decisive element, as it allows recruiters to quickly verify whether you match the job’s requirements or not.
So, first of all, make sure that your curriculum vitae clearly shows that your skills, experience and diploma match all the job requirements. The qualifications stated in the job offer may be a good indicator of the selection criteria used by the recruiters. Also, it is important to state the date from which you will be available to start work as precisely as possible.
MAIN TRENDS IN COVER LETTER WRITING
Although - just as with the curriculum vitae - there is no definite truth on how to make a good cover letter, here are the main lines that may be followed when writing your cover letter:
Let’s summarize: although you may use a pretty much standardized cover letter for all of your applications, certain customization features may still add some value and set you a little apart from other applicants. However, you will have to be careful to make them visible. And once again: keep it short!
Here is a sample cover letter (document) for a graduate student who is applying for an internship in the HR Department of a Swiss-based multinational company.