Writing a cover letter can be a daunting task if you do not know what to include and what to leave out. One rule you may like to follow is to keep it short and simple. The person who receives your job application is most likely processing thousands of applications. He or she does not have time to read about your life history.
Begin your cover letter with a short paragraph stating the reason you are writing the letter. If it is a job application you should make the position you are applying for clear. This also goes for applications to graduate school or other professional schools.
Use the subsequent paragraphs to show your abilities and how the organization will benefit from hiring you. Don’t just simply summarize your CV. You must sell yourself. Your cover letter is the first contact your prospective employer will get with you. You must make a good first impression.
Conclude with appreciation for being considered and give details of what you have included in your package. Don’t forget to sign the letter just above your full names.