3. Write a convincing cover letter
After you’ve searched through numerous vacancies and found something suitable, things get a bit more serious and you will have to write a cover letter for your desired job!
First impressions count! Choose a professional layout and be careful to avoid spelling mistakes. If you send your cover letter by mail or even hand it in on site, you should also make sure that you are not printing on dirty paper and that it is not wrinkled before submitting it. The best thing to do is to put all your documents together in an application folder.
A cover letter is roughly divided into three parts: introduction, main part and conclusion. The layout is also of great importance.
A letter of application is always written in the form of a letter and therefore begins with the address on the left side. First your own address is given, then that of the company.
After the address, the date and the place should be centered on the right. This is followed by the subject line for the advertised position (attention: if available, please state the application code of the advertisement)
Try to avoid general salutations and address a specific person if you know who the application will be sent to! Now the introduction continues:
It is important to catch your future employers interest, say goodbye to boring phrases and get creative! Talk about your successes or extraordinary strengths, attract attention! Try to get them want to learn more about you!
In this part you have to convince the recipient that you are the ideal candidate! Important facts can be read in your résumé (see next point), therefore you should go more into detail about your knowledge and strengths as well as your soft skills and make it clear what sets you apart from other applicants. Make sure to answer the question why YOU should work for this company and show what added value you could bring!
This part should be the highlight of your cover letter to definitely be remembered! Avoid falling into the conjunctive in the final part and end your application with a friendly, optimistic invitation for a personal interview, a greeting and your signature!
You can find some example sentences and further tips for your cover letter here!
You can also find a template for a student job application letter here.