Haven been informed of the difference between a CV and a Resume, see previous post for details. It is also highly necessary to know the 5 important cover letter rules you must not break, in order to get a job.
The Cover Letter is an important part of any job application as it is attached to the CV/Resume. It is one of the first thing an employer comes across, therefore getting it wrong will hinder that job application.
There are several rules that an applicant must be aware of in order to write a successful cover letter. They are listed below:
1. Length and Paragraph
A cover letter should not be too long. Every information should be captured in a page with not more than 3 to 4 paragraph. In order words be concise in your writing and do not derail from the topic at hand.
2. Stand Alone
The Cover letter you have crafted should be able to stand on its own. It should not depend on the CV/Resume for clarification. Therefore every content you intend to put in it should be well crafted.
3. Address Your Employer
Most people usually make the mistake of being vague when addressing their cover letter . Let me tell you playing safe will not help you. Before you embark in writing your cover letter you have to do your research on the company your are applying to. Know the employer or unit that will read your letter and address the person specifically. Get personal as this is a key pointer that cannot be overemphasized.
It is important to draft your letter in an appealing fashion that will compel your employer to read its content. Once the layout is not properly designed it will not be read. When I say customize your letter I don’t mean use a coloured paper or a very stylish font in writing, that itself is a red flag. What I am referring to is having a very professional looking crafted cover letter that any employer would love to read.
Nothing speaks more of one’s knowledge than the grammatical choice a person chooses to use. Therefore ensure that there is no grammatical error in your cover letter. Proofread your letter and if possible give it to an external body to go through it for you. Find any typographical errors there might be and correct them. Poor grammar and typographical errors is a red flag in employment screening.
Now that you know the 5 Important Cover Letter Rules you must not break, I believe you will put this knowledge into practice. Let me know in the comment section if there are other questions you have concerning this topic or any other.
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