By Michelle Wanjiku
Does your cover letter sell you as the perfect candidate for the role you are applying for? Does it make the employer want to look at your CV to learn more about your qualifications?
When it comes to cover letters or application letters, they only serve one purpose and that is; telling the person hiring, what you have to offer and to make them want to look at your CV.
This means that your Cover letter is very important and you have to ensure it is well written and showcases your skills in the best way possible.
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Here is a sample entry level cover letter you can use as a guide to help you come up with a great letter of application.
P.O Box 28588-00200
4th December 2018
The Human Resource Manager
P.O. Box xxx
Dear Mr. Karume,
REF: APPLICATION FOR POSITION AS A XXX
Upon review of your posting for a Finance Assistant, I hastened to submit my resume for your review. With my solid understanding of financial and accounting support gained throughout my educational and professional background as well as my comprehensive abilities in general business administration and team collaboration, I feel confident that I would significantly benefit your company.
With a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, I have acquired a breadth of knowledge and skills in subjects including financial management, financial reporting and analysis, budget planning, and cost reduction. Additionally, I have also utilized my skills and experience as Finance Intern where I effectively assisted in handling all financial transactions and recording them.
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With a strong foundation in the basic principles of finance, my complementary communication and time management abilities position me to thrive in this challenging field.
With my experience in finance acquired through both my professional and academic background, coupled with my enthusiasm and dedication to achieving success, I believe I will swiftly surpass your expectations for this role. I look forward to discussing the position in further detail.
Thank you for your consideration.
Your cover letter is an important document that you should take very seriously and avoid making any silly mistakes when writing it. Remember, an employer can decide whether or not to go through your CV from what they read in your cover letter.
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A poorly done application letter will kill any chance you have of landing your dream job. That means it should be specific to the job you are applying for, no sending generic cover letters, and should offer a brief look at what you have to offer the company.
You can have your Cover letter and CV professionally written by someone who has inside knowledge on what employers look for. This will give you an advantage over other job seekers come next year.
The writer is a Communication Officer/Digital Marketer at Career Point Kenya.