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How to Write a Good Cover Letter in English

Landing that dream job doesn't only require a well-written resume - you'll also need a sparkling cover letter to formally introduce yourself and present your value. Follow this guide to prepare a winning cover letter.


Stay on target

When you begin your cover letter, get to the point immediately. Explain why you're writing and include the title of the position you're interested in. You may even want to say where you heard of the opening: "I am writing to express my interest in the Sales Manager position advertised on your Web site. I have enclosed a copy of my resume for your review."

Match your skills

A cover letter is your chance to convince the employer that you're the perfect candidate, so identifying the position's skill requirements is an important first step. Then, include clear examples from your previous experience which reveal that you possess these skills, and finally sum up with something like this: "I am confident that these combined experiences make me an ideal candidate for this position."

Demonstrate English ability

If an English cover letter is required, it's a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate your smooth writing skills and professionalism. Keep in mind, however, that long sentences don't necessarily indicate fluency. Keep your sentences short and clear; do not try to over-impress by writing complex sentences, which can often leave the reader tired and confused.

Sell yourself

When you're writing a cover letter, you should always remember your mission – to sell yourself! Demonstrating what you can do for the employer, not the other way around, will make you stand out from the crowd. Use action verbs such as facilitated, developed and managed to describe your job responsibilities, and make claims such as "I strongly believe I possess the right combination of skills and experience you are looking for" with confidence.

Proofread!

Sitting down, writing and then immediately sending your cover letter will guarantee one thing – mistakes! Once you have written your cover letter, make sure you proofread it at a later time and ask a friend to read it as well. Look closely for spelling and grammatical errors and make sure it's not too long. Finally, put yourself in the employer's shoes, or pretend that you are the employer, and decide if you would hire the candidate who wrote the letter. If not, go back and make revisions until you have a sparkling cover letter!

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