There always seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding the content and purpose of cover letters. Job seekers seem perpetually unsure about whether they should write one or not. Although recently cover letters have become outdated and redundant, many companies still require one. Bottom line is no manager will rule out your application because you sent a cover letter. But some managers will rule out your application because you didn't. A cover letter can be one of the most effective tools at a job seeker's disposal so make sure to have a sample always ready to be sent together with your CV/Resume.
Anyone can reproduce a "sample" cover letter and hope for the best. Instead, take a few minutes to personalize your letter by showing that you are really serious about working for the companies you are contacting. State the reason that you are interested in working for that particular company. Mention a department, a new project the company is involved in, an acquisition the company has made. Show that you have done your homework. Address the cover letter to a specific individual whenever possible.
I have included couple of good example templates below that will help you or give you an idea. I leave it up to you to personalize it and adept it to match your needs! Happy job hunting!!!
RESPONSE TO AN JOB AD: download here
LETTER TO A RECRUITER ON LINKEDIN: download here
RECENT GRADUATE COVER LETTER: download here
CAREER CHANGE COVER LETTER: download here
Hope these templates help you make a stunning first impression when searching for new job and if you don't already have a fantastic resume to accompany your cover letter then refer to our previous article and find your best match! Go get them tiger!