Working on your curriculum vitae and stating all the necessary qualifications are not enough when applying for a job you want. Without the attached cover letter, your application is insufficient. It has been said over and over again through job sites and job postings that a cover letter is much more important than CVs. Still, job applicants center their attention on making their CV more interesting. The cover letter serves as a quick guide for the employers to see whether the job-seeker is fit for the job. Most employers would not invest their time reading CVs once the cover letter has not met their standards. Submitting a CV along with a cover letter shows proficiency and professionalism that leaves a good impression on the employers. A cover letter should be appealing and well-equipped with all your striking skills to effectively catch the attention of your target employers. Here’s how you do it.
- Give a sneak preview of your skills. Whatever manufacturing job you plan to apply for, whether it is a calibration technician, machine operator, plant unit manager, or whatever; consider all the skills required for the job and write each of the skills you have acquired that goes with the qualification.
- Put emphasis on your personality in a unique way. Cover letters must be presented with all grace and confidence and should not be timid. Tell why you are a prospective employee. Accentuate your traits such as your personal attributes and, most especially, your expertise. The possibility that employers will take interest in your cover letter is when you draw their attention to your fitting overall personality.
- Name detailed and explicit achievements, certifications, and awards. Make these accomplishments stand out among other applicants. Every employer examines the cover letter to have an idea of what they will read in your resume. Your cover letter should promote all the accomplishments you have to prove them you are a potentially good employee.
- While all letters have a designated format, the same goes with cover letters. The length required for a cover letter should be short, but every paragraph must be specific and should reflect the confidence that you are qualified to get the job. Consider the tips below when writing a correct cover letter format.
- The heading should be aligned at the upper left of the letter. Include your address and the date in this section. Below, type in the company’s name and its location, as well as the employer’s name and the person’s title in the company (if you get any information).
- State in the first paragraph the position you are in search of. Write the exact job position you want. Don’t go indirectly; for example, you are looking for an executive managerial position, never state it like you are on the lookout on a managerial field. Include in this paragraph where you saw this job vacancy either through advertisements online, wall posts, and newspapers or through a friend.
- This is where you type in your qualifications, accomplishments and traits. Employers are vigilant in looking for persons who have fitting attributes, such as good organizational skills, the ability to handle pressure in the tightest deadlines, and flexibility to any changes. The objective of this paragraph is to make you superior among any other possible aspirants. However, don’t be overconfident in your words and be truly honest.
- Get a good finale in the last paragraph. Write your ‘thank you’ to the employer for his/her time in reading your application letter. Mention in the letter all the attachments you have included, also your contact number and address for their follow-up.
- Sign in your name and proofread the letter meticulously, in case you don’t want your entire application letter to be thrown into trash simply because of a few grammatical errors.
Print the cover letter and arrange it inside your application form package. Good Luck!