Most of us will at one time or another, probably find ourselves having to apply for a job and when we do, we will have to submit a CV accompanied by a cover letter. If we are applying for several jobs at once, although we can just print out copies of the CV, the cover letter has to be individually written for each application. To make things simpler though, you can find how to write a cover letter template on the internet and then just amend it as necessary for each application. Although the information about your education and work experience contained in the CV is important, unless the cover letter is good, the CV may not even be looked at and so in some respects, the cover letter is perhaps even more important than the CV. As the cover letter does have such importance, it is certainly advisable to get advice when writing it or at least have someone else read it before it is submitted; your future could depend on its quality. Although the cover letter should not be long, it should cover 5 main aspects, the first being a greeting, perhaps addressing it to the name of the person looking at the applications, if the name is known, if not then at least try and address it to the position that that person holds, like HR Manager. The second aspect should cover why you are applying and how you found out about the opening. The third aspect should show that you know what the position is and say something about the company as this will clearly indicate that you are serious about getting the job and know what it is about. The forth aspect that should be covered in the cover letter is why you think you are qualified for the position which is open. Although here you do not want to repeat all that is in your CV, you may want to draw attention to a specific point in it. Lastly you should display that you are anxious to get the job by perhaps requesting an interview instead of just saying that you look forward to hearing from them.
Apart from sticking to the 5 main aspects in the cover letter, here are some other tips that you may want to keep in mind. The CV tells about your past but you can use the cover letter to let them know what you are hoping to accomplish in the future; ambition can be a good quality. Ensure that the letter reaches the correct person, not the wrong department. If you are sending your application via an e-mail, by making the cover letter the text of the e-mail rather than just an attachment, there is more chance that it will be read, improving your chances of becoming successful. If you do send the application via an e-mail, remember that not all businesses use Microsoft word and so sending it as a PDF file may be a better option.