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Cover Letters

Cover letters (or emails) explain the reason you are contacting a company and draw their attention to specific, relevant experience. In the Netherlands, cover letters are also known as "letters of motivation".

 


Electronic covering letter (email)

Even though more CVs are posted electronically, the role of the cover letter is basically unchanged.

  • Always address your communication to a specific person within the company.
  • Never exceed one full A4 page (or email equivalent).

In our experience, it is more likely that a cover letter will be read if it is in the body of the email rather than as an attachment. 

Responding to a job advertisement

First Paragraph
Outline the job you are applying for, where you saw it advertised and why you are applying for it.

Second Paragraph
Outline your core skills by demonstrating your achievements in previous roles. Link your achievements with the skills and experience outlined in the job description.

Third Paragraph
Tell them your availability for an interview or if you are unavailable for a given period.

Sign off with your name, your contact telephone number and email address.

Unsolicited Approach

First Paragraph
Research the organisation you plan to approach. State the reason why you are writing. Explain the type of work you are interested in, and indicate how you learned about the employer

Second Paragraph
Outline your core skills by demonstrating your achievements in previous roles. Briefly summarise your strongest, relevant qualifications. Ask yourself, what are you offering an employer?

Third Paragraph
Refer to the attached CV.  Declare your interest in an interview.

Sign off with your name, your contact telephone number and email address.

How to stop your application becoming spam

Most companies and recruitment firms have rigorous spam filters, and because the email address are in the public domain, they receive more than the average amount of spam. To prevent your application ending up in the spam filter, we recommend the following:

Use a formal email address: cowboy@hotmail.com is more likely to be junked than jsmith1973@hotmail.com.

Have your first and last names on the summary of your email eg: John Smith [jsmith1973@hotmail.com]

Use the job number (if provided) and the title of the job in the subject heading.

Write a cover email. Spam rarely begins with the name of the person listed on the job ad. Anyone quickly reviewing their spam filter will have a better chance identifying a genuine job applicant.

If you haven't heard back from the company within seven working days, call them to check they have received your application.

Ensure your email post box is set up to receive reply emails. Regularly check your own spam filter in case their response is misdirected.

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