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STRUCTURING COVERING LETTER

Engleski u akademskoj komunikaciji

WHAT IS A COVERING (MOTIVATIONAL) LETTER?

Your covering letter demonstrates your litaracy and professional skills better than your CV (which is usually more brief and factual). The covering letter puts flesh on the structure of the CV. It points out to the employer the information showing that you have the qualities the job calls for, and makes a statement about your suitability for the job. It should give the personal touch that your CV will intrinsically lack!

HOW TO STRUCTURE A COVERING LETTER?


First Paragraph State the job youre applying for Where you found out about it (advertisement in The Guardian newspaper etc.) When you're available to start work Second Paragraph Why you're interested in that type of work Why the company attracts you Third Paragraph Summarise your strengths and how they might be an advantage to the organisation Relate your skills to the competencies required in the job Last Paragraph Mention any dates that you won't be available for interview Thank the employer and say you look forward to hearing from them soon

Addressing people

Dear Mr Coxon - If you know the name of the person to whom you are writing Dear Ms Chambers - If you are not sure of the marital status of the female recipient Dear Sir/Madam - If you are totally in the dark as to the name of the recipient

Opening paragraph / phrases

1. In response to the advertised position in The Guardian on July12th, please consider my rsum in your search for a Client/Server Architect. 2. I was pleased to hear from Jeremy Green that you will soon have a vacancy for a Marketing Assistant. I am very interested in this position, and I think that with my skills I could be an asset to your company.

Second paragraph / phrases

I am seeking the position.... I would like to apply for.... I am interested in applying for... I am very keen to take the responsibilities in performing... having recently read about your companys plan for expansion, vacancy I would be grateful to consider my qualifications and skills...

Your qualifications and skills:

Master of Art (M.A.) Master of Science (M.S.) Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Doctor of Phylosophy in... (PhD in...) practical skills, academic ability: efficiency, eloquency, state-of-the-art abilities, proficiency in task management and team work...

Third paragraph / phrases

I am particularly keen to work within a fast-growing organisation as yours I would like to gain experience of working in..., I am also fully capable to take part of .... Im confident managing and manipulating spreadsheet data (podaci vezani za proraun)

Forth paragraph

This paragraph request actions, for example, indicates your desire for a personal interview and that you're able to meet with the employer

... I would like to schedule an interview with you at your earliest convenience. Please contact me at...

Closing the letter

As my resume indicates... Thank you for your time and consideration... I look forward to speaking with you soon... Yours faithfully