Whenever you apply for a job advertised, it is a good idea that your CV be accompanied by a letter. Normally it is a very succinct one. It should state the reason for sending your CV, the specific job ad you have applied for, the ad source and the position you have applied for. You should also describe in several sentences the reason why you consider yourself to be an appropriate candidate for the position advertised.
„It would be a good idea to provide reasons for applying for a specific company and position, using an appropriate tone. Any employer would like an employee motivated to work for their specific company and not having the feeling of being done a favor„, shared Mariya Shishkova. The letter shall have the usual format ending: Respectfully, (Names and signature).
Compose a new letter of motivation every time you apply for a specific job. A good letter of motivation would add to the effect your CV might have had and would focus the attention on some specific aspects of it.
However, even the best possible CV might suffer the adverse effects of a standard letter of motivation of the type “Dear Sirs, please, find my CV and diploma attached… I believe that you would appreciate…”. Such letters of motivation do not say anything, nor do they add any value. Employers would normally give up reading such motivation letters half way through.
Perfect letters of motivation can be discussed at length. However, the most important thing to remember is that they should put emphasis on specific skills or achievements, mentioned or referred to one way or another in your CV and make stand out.
Furthermore, a letter of motivation should be honest, interesting to read and enthusiastic. Such a letter would provoke the employer to give your CV another reading and, eventually, meet you at an interview.
What Should a Letter of Motivation Contain?
There are several basic elements which should make for a motivation letter:
Both your first and last name, a contact telephone (provide a number you can always be reached at) and an up to date email.
The company name as well as the position you apply for.
Your reasons for applying to this position: at this point you can touch on those of your qualities, which would be beneficial to the company
Finally, explicate your reasons for applying for a job with that particular company
Why Writing a Letter of Motivation and What Are the Most Frequently Made Mistakes?
Keep in mind that a motivation letter is part of your Curriculum Vitae. Should you like to make a good impression before you have appeared in person at a job interview, write a succinct but original message to your prospective employer.
Keep in Mind!
Include the company name as well as the position you apply for
Before sending the letter, check your spelling
Save your motivation letter in an appropriate format
Describe the qualities you consider essential and most useful in relation to the position you apply for
Keep it short. A motivation letter should serve the purpose of making you stand out among other candidates provided the employer is in doubt as to whom preference should be given. As long as your motivation letter is succinct and informative (and most of all tailored to the specific company and position) it could really give you an advantage.