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Customer Service Representative Cover Letter

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Receptionist Cover Letter

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Teaching Assistant Cover Letter

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Ready to write your Cover Letter but don’t know where to begin? With CVMakers professional Cover Letter examples, you'll find all the advice and inspiration you need below. We know that writing a Cover Letter to accompany your CV is essential, but it can be challenging.

Which Cover Letter will most likely land you a new job, internship or possibly even part-time work placement? Which Cover Letter format is the best for your situation? Which skills are most important to highlight? These are all important topics to consider when writing a Cover Letter.

The most common types of Cover Letters include an application letter, motivation letter, short Cover Letter, cover note, and letter of interest. In this article, we'll explain more about each type, including the difference between an application letter and a motivation letter and how best to write them. If you’re worried about your Cover Letter because English isn't your first language, we'll also provide tips on how to write a professional Cover Letter in English.

Do you want to work for a specific company but noticed they don't have any vacancies that you are interested on their career page? Well, one way to approach a company is with a letter of interest, also known as a cold Cover Letter, expressing your interest in working for them, and below, we will show you just how it’s done. In all of these situations, there are some basic things to consider when writing your Cover Letter, for example:

  • What types of information should a good motivation letter contain?

  • How do you structure an application letter?

We've created Cover Letter samples for several specific jobs and an example of a short motivation letter to give you some ideas for writing your own.

Motivation letter vs. application letter

Whatever your situation, it's helpful to know that the motivation letter and the application letter both serve the same purpose; to land an interview. Below you will find the main differences between an application letter and a motivation letter.

What is a motivation letter?

A motivation letter should explain why you think you are the right person for the job or want to work at the company. In a motivation letter, you're trying to convince the reader why they should hire you.

What is an application letter?

An application letter asks an employer to look at your CV and consider you for a specific role. A motivation letter has the same function, but the application letter allows you to go into more detail about the contents of your CV. However, it doesn't explain your motivation or why you would like to apply for a particular role.

An example of where it would be more appropriate to write an application letter is when you're looking for an internship or work placement. The reason being is that you’d want to gain work experience, boost your CV, or earn academic credit. So it's essential that your cover note convincingly emphasises your skills and conveys that you wish to develop them further.

The difference between a motivation letter and an application letter

The main difference is the intention behind writing it. A motivation letter emphasises why you're applying for the job, whereas an application letter explains what you have to offer. A motivation letter is often an application letter, but an application letter isn't necessarily a motivation letter, so people often write something that combines elements of both. This strategy is a great choice, too, because it allows you to give your letter more substance.

How do you write a motivation letter? 

There is no one-size-fits-all formula for writing a motivation letter. However, a good motivation letter should be unique and personal to stand out from the crowd. Experts at CVMaker advise writing an individual letter for each job application and tailoring it to the company and type of jobs you are targeting. When creating your letter, consider the following tips:

  • Always research the company you're applying by gathering as much information as possible. Use relevant information from your search in your motivation letter. It shows that you went above and beyond to customise your letter.

  • If you mention your achievements or results, try to support them with evidence and facts. Saying you have achieved good results without providing the details and context fails to demonstrate your true value.

  • Avoid buzzwords if you aren't sure what they mean. Use everyday language, but ensure it's professional, well-written, and grammatically correct.

  • Don't mention your areas of weakness. It's good to be aware of these but don't draw attention to them. 

  • Highlight your good qualities, but try not to appear smug. Draw attention to your skills in a modest way.

  • Don't go into too much detail. Hold back some pleasant surprises that you can reveal in your job interview. Think of this extra information as a trump card you can play when you meet in person or on a video call.

  • Stand out by explaining, as uniquely as possible, why the new position would be a challenge or why something is your passion. 

  • It's best to keep the length to one side of an A4 letter (8.5x11). Sometimes a short Cover Letter will make a more significant impression than a long, wordy Cover Letter.

What to do when sending your letter?

These days, most correspondence is sent digitally, for example, via e-mail. It is important to remember that the person who receives your job application might not be the only one who reviews your Cover Letter and CV. For that reason, consider addressing it to whom it may concern. Always ensure both documents are neatly formatted and easy to read when they're printed out or sent digitally. Always send a short message with the attachments, explaining the role you are applying for or the reason for the mail with an overview of the attachments you included.

What to write if you've already spoken to someone at the company? 

Well, it’s always helpful to add background information and context regarding your application to ensure everything is in order. See the examples below.

I spoke briefly with [contact name] yesterday about the position of [job title]. Further to our conversation, please find attached my CV and Cover Letter.

I look forward to your response.

What to write if you've not yet spoken to a contact? 

Please find attached my CV and Cover Letter expressing my interest in the position of [job title]. 

I look forward to your response.

Tips to prevent errors on a Cover Letter

Always check your spelling

Make sure your letter has no spelling or grammar mistakes. Go over the text with automated spelling and grammar-checking software or a word processor like Microsoft Word or Google Docs. If possible, have someone else read it over for you as well. It would be a shame if your application was rejected because of avoidable errors.

Follow a clear structure

Now you know the types of Cover Letters and when to use each; what next? The goal remains the same whether you send a letter of interest, a motivation letter or an application letter. That goal is to be invited for an interview that will eventually get you the desired position. All types have more or less the same structure, but the difference lies in the content.

Have a strong introduction

When thinking of how to start your Cover Letter, remember that regardless of the type of letter you write, a good opening will always make a lasting impression. Try to think of something more memorable than a standard “In response to the job posting in the newspaper” introduction. For example, you could name a specific detail about the company that caught your attention, or you could introduce yourself professionally and distinctively. Take a look at our sample letters for some good Cover Letter examples.

Content is key 

The middle section of your letter depends on which type of cover note you've chosen to write.

Application letter

A good application letter will detail your work experience, skills, and knowledge. It should also highlight your achievements and give brief details about them. You can think of this as a way of providing deeper insight into the content of your CV. Your letter should explain how your skills and knowledge will benefit your potential new employer.

Motivation letter

If you've chosen to write a motivation letter, the middle section should convince the reader why you're the best person for the job. Still, more importantly, it should explain why you want to work at that specific company or organisation. An original motivation letter that provides clear answers to the why question will make a good impression. You'll find an example of a motivation letter later in this article.

Letter of interest

If you're making an unsolicited job application to an employer with no specific job vacancy, the key is to convince them that you want to work with them. It's much harder to persuade a company to consider you when they aren't actively looking for someone, so you must go into more depth about why you want to work for them.

How do you structure a Cover Letter?

The layout of a Cover Letter is made up of a relatively standard set of contents. Below is an elementary and straightforward Cover Letter template for you to fill in with your details, which is a significant first step to getting noticed. If you need further inspiration, you can see some CVMakers examples of how it's done.

  • Personal details

  • Salutation

  • Introduction 

  • Body

  • Closing statement

  • Your name

  • Signature

What is a letter of interest?

A letter of interest is an unsolicited application letter expressing your interest in working for a particular company. This is an option when you would really like to work for a company but they don't have any job openings. The fact that they aren't actively looking for new staff right now makes things a bit more challenging. However, your letter of interest should clearly state why you want to work for the company and that you would like to be considered for future opportunities. Read on to find out how to write a letter of interest and the steps you can take to ensure it's effective.

Make sure to do your research

If you're interested in a particular company but there are no positions available, it's up to you to find out what information would be in the job listing if it did exist. One way of doing this is by studying the company's website. 

Reach out to the company

Once you've gathered relevant information, it's a good idea to reach out to a recruiter or hiring manager on LinkedIn or just via the general contact form on the company website. 

Find out the name of the contact person

If the company welcomes unsolicited applications, ask for the name and e-mail address of the person you should address your letter. During the call or email, explain what kind of work you would like to do and find out which job title the company uses. You can then use this title in your letter and send it directly to the right person.

Advantages of sending a letter of interest

  • You're applying for an unadvertised job so there's a good chance that, right now, yours will be one of just a handful of letters, or maybe even the only letter, the recruiter reads.

  • Expressing your interest with an unsolicited job application shows enthusiasm and initiative. These are qualities that most companies and organisations appreciate. It also allows you to stand out positively, making you more likely to be remembered.

  • Should the company have a vacancy in the near future, they'll already be aware of your interest. They'll contact you before advertising the vacancy if they think you're a good fit. The recruitment process costs time and money, and your letter could help make the process easier.

How to write a letter of interest

The contents of a letter of interest are roughly the same as those of a motivation or application letter. Still, the difference is that a Cover Letter for an unsolicited job application should clearly state who you are and what you can do for the company.

Important things to include in your letter of interest:

  • Refer to your telephone conversation and mention the name of the person who took your call.

  • Make it clear to which position you're applying.

  • Introduce yourself by outlining your education, work experience, and soft and hard skills.

  • Explain why you want the job and why you want to work for this specific company.

Pro Tip: Using the same letter to apply to several companies will give you the illusion that you've submitted many job applications and generic letters are very easy to spot. You may have sent many applications, but you might get many rejections. When you're applying for jobs, quality beats quantity.

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