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A complete job application consists of a cover letter and a resume. The cover letter is meant to highlight your individuality or personality, and to make you stand out from among hundreds of other applicants. When there are more job seekers around than job vacancies, human resource personnel tend to be more selective when short listing candidates for interview. Hence, you should use the cover letter as a tool to win the heart of a prospective employer. Market yourself to create a positive first impression in the cover letter, so that the person will read your resume, shortlist you for an interview, and offer you a job. A poorly written cover letter is likely to get instant rejection from the employer given the current job market. As there is no standard format for cover letter, you are encouraged to write a particular cover letter, one at a time, to apply for the position of your interest. Cover letter should not be generic, i.e. you should not use the same cover letter for all the companies you wish to approach. This is because details like where and when you learnt about the vacancy, why you are interested to apply, what you have to offer to the company etc. are different for each of these companies. Generally, a well written cover letter should provide answers to what the employers want to know: Are you the kind of person they are looking for? Do you have the relevant education, work experience and skills? Can you handle the work demands, based on the job description? Have you shown a commitment to this particular field of interest? How well can you communicate with others? Are you a team player? Have you any leadership qualities? Guidelines for writing a cover letter: Organise your thoughts carefully Express yourself clearly and reasonably Use strong action words to describe your achievements Use active rather than passive voice

Avoid jargon Avoid long sentences Avoid bad grammar and spelling mistakes careers.jobstreet.com.ph/cover-letter/writing-a-cover-letter

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career objective or goal.com. 5. employer's designation and address. Indicate the source and date of the job information. 3. Give a brief summary of your educational achievements. Introduction Nominate the job for which you are applying for. Mention briefly your qualifications Indicate your interest. APPLICATION FOR THE POST OF CHIEF EDITOR careers. projects. Sample Cover Letter 1 Ngeow Yeok Meng 12-A. Mention your interest in the organisation and your reason for applying for that particular position. The opening Include your name and address. capabilities and skills. Thank the person for his or her time and consideration. The complimentary close Remember to sign personally and include your name. Request for further action Write that you look forward to a call or letter. Jalan Kajang Mewah 10 Taman Kajang Mewah Kajang 43000 Selangor 5 December 1998 The Human Resource Manager JobStreet Sdn Bhd Suite 4. academic results or references. salutation and subject. State your relevant experience gained from industrial attachments. Wisma Maran 338. qualities.ph/cover-letter/writing-a-cover-letter 2/4 . Outline any further points in your favour related to the job and mention the attached resume.3.jobstreet. State your enclosures such as your attached resume. State your availability for interview.5/3/13 Writing A Cover Letter Avoid bad grammar and spelling mistakes Limit the length to one page only Proof read before you send via e-mail Layout of a cover letter 1. 4. the date. vacation or part-time jobs. 2. experience. Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman 50100 Kuala Lumpur Dear Sir/Madam. Sales pitch Highlight the extent to which you match the requirements of the job.

Geh Thuan Hooi Group Human Resource Manager AE Technologies 7. I believe I can share my expertise with JobStreet in terms of recruitment practices and human resource management if given the opportunity. RE: APPLICATION FOR MANAGEMENT TRAINEE POSITION I wish to apply for the position of management trainee as advertised in JobStreet homepage on the 1st December 1998. I'm also well-versed in HTML and Pagemaker 6. Cheras Jaya Jalan Balakong 43200 Selangor Dear Mr. Yours faithfully. Allow me to introduce myself briefly. I am keen to enhance my career in the content development of web site of your company. Thank you for your time and consideration. Jalan 17/21 Sri Petaling 57000 Kuala Lumpur 5 December 1998 Mr. I gained basic knowledge of journalistic reporting. Sample Cover Letter 2 Rosli Abdul Hamid 13. feature writing and editing skills from my major in Media Studies from the University of Malaya. Academic Results. I had the opportunity to write for Alta Vista. careers. My present job as a senior editor in a news agency since 1994 provides me with work experience and on-the-job training in the above areas. In 1997.com.0 as I have been actively involved in maintaining the web site of the news agency I serve. Jalan 7.my. The extensive knowledge I gained from my research work on employment trend and labour market information has enlightened me in many ways. Geh. References.jobstreet. I'm able to meet deadline promptly as a result of many years of working at a fast pace in this agency. an Internet content provider for the Asia Pacific region. ----------------------------(Ngeow Yeok Meng) Enclosed: Resume. I can be reached via e-mail ngeow@mol.ph/cover-letter/writing-a-cover-letter 3/4 . Realising that Internet is no longer an alternative but a necessity in the next millenium. The attached resume of mine will provide you more information about my work experience.com. I'll be glad to attend an interview to furnish you with more details.5/3/13 Writing A Cover Letter I refer to your advertisement placed in JobStreet's homepage dated 2 December 1998 for the above position.

Yours sincerely. to 9 p. I have performed well during the training which had helped me expose to various managerial skills and practical knowledge.. and the following e-mail address: ahrosli@hotmail.com careers. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss the position further. I can be contacted on 012-2116888 between the hours of 9 a.com.m. Thank you for your consideration. and will graduate in April 1999. I notice that the position you advertised requires two years of work experience. Your company's unique involvement and position in the manufacturing of precision metal stampings and tooling has prompted me to apply for the management trainee position in your organisation.5/3/13 I wish to apply for the position of management trainee as advertised in JobStreet homepage on the 1st December 1998.com. My academic transcript. About Us W ork with Us Te rm s of Use Privacy Policy Safe Job Se arch Guide He lp Se nd Fe e dback C opyright © 2013 JobStre e t. Writing A Cover Letter ----------------------------(Rosli Abdul Hamid) by Ngeow Yeok Meng Like 6 people like this. think analytically and solve problems. Above all. Be the first of your friends. Although I have not any work experience pertaining to the manufacturing industry. I am very interested in pursuing a career in the area of business administration.ph/cover-letter/writing-a-cover-letter 4/4 . I possess the interest and determination to perform well in the graduate position you are offering. My attached resume demonstrates my capacity to be a leader who is able to work in a team environment. I believe my knowledge and technical know-how in the field of management will help me contribute a great deal to your company.jobstreet.m. set and achieve long and short term goals. which I have enclosed. I'm currently enrolled in the final year of a business administration course at the Universiti Utara Malaysia. I have gone through a five-month industrial training during my final year of study where I was given tasks equivalent to a management executive. shows that I have completed a wide range of subjects that provide me with a firm base of knowledge and skills relevant to the requirements of the management trainee position.