How to Craft an Email Cover Letter


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how to craft an email cover letter for any online application we must assume that you are going to have between 20 and 40 seconds of the reader s attention from the moment they start reading your email click through to your attached cv and get to the bottom of your cv the email cover letter therefore needs to be short and punchy here are some useful tips 1 at the top of your email either in the subject box or before you introduce yourself you should state for the job for which you re applying 2 the next 2 paragraphs you should assume that you have two short paragraphs before you sign off your email in those two paragraphs you should aim to answer the questions who you are and why you re right for this role 3 be succinct in the first of these paragraphs you will need to explain succinctly who you are in terms of what it is that you have done with your life so far describe this in a way that positions you well in the reader s mind for the role that they seek to fill this paragraph is also the place for you to say how delighted you would be to work for this organisation and to be considered as a candidate follow us @posignition


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4 show key contributions the next paragraph should identify the key contributions that you can make in terms of your skills qualifications and experience which make you a great candidate for this job keep it tight and don t repeat where possible what is coming in the attached cv at the same time remember that the reader may not look at the cv at all if they do not think the cover email is interesting enough 5 be professional and be authentic think about why you are right for the role and why you have chosen to apply for this particular job you want to get across that you have specifically identified this role as being a good fit for you and the organisation and by putting this in your own words and being authentic about it your uniqueness will shine through 6 know who s reading it do you know who you are contacting do you know who will be reading this email and what their position/role is if you do your research you can find out what it is that this person is looking for where they sit within the organisation and what is important to them the more you can target your note towards the receiver of it the better 7 include an email signature this is so that you can easily be contacted your cv should also include your contact details however making sure that the email also makes it obvious how to get in touch with you is helpful 8 check the instructions make sure you follow instructions and are sending everything as it is required and requested in your email check if your cv should be sent as an attachment and if so ­ if it should be in a particular format e.g word check what version or pdf 9 simple clear and concise is better don t go crazy with fonts and colours keep it simple easy to read and easy on the eyes also make sure that the font size is good for your reader ­ so font size 10-12 is optimal and something traditional like arial times roman or helvetica are safe options 10 stay fairly formal yes it s an email but don t forget that it is also an application for an important job for which you want to be taken seriously as a candidate start your email with a `dear mr or ms x avoid any abbreviations follow us @posignition


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