Today we are discussing a very important topic “How to write a cover letter” which you might have heard but never bothered. It has some value and definitely will help you in fetching a good job.
We have seen so many candidates just dumping their C.V/Resume without even mentioning the subject of the email and mentioning for what role they have applied. For a recruiter, it’s very annoying, as they can’t check each and every email and go through the C.V of all candidates.
First of all let me make this clear that Resume is for freshers basically and C.V is for an experienced candidate, so don’t get confused over this.
You must stand out of the queue If you want to fetch a job in the biotech sector, but for that what can you do for attracting an employer to go through your email and ultimately your C.V/Resume?
So 1st thing you must do is mention appropriate subject line (e.g. Applying for Research Associate Position or Job Code if mentioned in job post).
The 2nd thing you have to do is write a cover letter. But why cover letter? Let me tell you the importance of it.
Ok so now you have email subject line but in this competitive era where the employer receives numerous emails what else can you do to make your Email appealing?
Here comes the “Cover Letter” in the picture. A resume/C.V is of limited value to an employer if the employer doesn’t know what kind of job you are looking for. A cover letter tells the employer the type of position you’re looking for. Basically, your cover letter allows you to target the job as well as the employer if it is tailored according to the job requirement.
Always try to address to a named individual, by hook or crook try to get a name.
2) Reason for writing
You have to mention for which position you want to apply, be direct and you can also include reference of the person if someone referred you to the position.
3) Introduce yourself
To grab the reader’s attention introduce your core competencies that demonstrate your plus side.
4) Your education or work experience
This section is a kind of hook and hence you should mention some examples of the work performed and results achieved. Even if you are mentioning your education experience try to tailor fit according to the job requirement.
5) Why you for this position
This part of a cover letter is very important, for grabbing attention add some keywords related to the job requirement. This section should connect your C.V/Resume to the job requirement. You can also highlight some information not contained in your C.V/Resume.
6) Closing comments
In this section, you can summarize how you can add value to the organization and close it by indicating your availability for the discussion/Interview.
7) Signing off
Sign off ‘Yours faithfully’ if you started the email ‘Dear Sir/Madam’ (because you don’t know the name of the reader) or ‘Yours sincerely’ if you addressed it to the name of the employer. Sign off with your name and always include your phone number underneath.
Now everything is done, but wait my dear don’t hit send without reading it 3 times. Check for grammar and spelling mistakes, if you are happy with the final draft then you can click “Send” and now just cross your fingers and hope for the best.
Note: Don’t forget to attache your C.V/Resume