Cover Letter Writing

What is a cover letter? To answer what a cover letter is, firstly I define the term “cover”. Cover is something used to put on or over something else in order to keep it in.

A cover letter is a written document attached with your resume when you apply for a job. Like the definition of “cover”, as rule it is on the top of your resume. Usually, I recommend a cover letter be one page long.

However, some people prefer to write a cover letter up to two pages. I don’t think it is wrong to write more than one page, but one page is enough for job application. I like to see good English that is correct both grammar and words use your cover letter.

I will talk in detail about how to write a good cover letter in this article too.

Also read: Job Interview Tips: Before, During, and After

Is a cover letter necessary in Cambodia?

Of course! When I receive job applications, I always look for a good cover letter to understand briefly being going detail in the resume.

Purpose of a cover letter:

  • Because it is placed on the top of your resume, a cover letter should grab the attention of the hiring manager.
  • Its job is to introduce the applicant to a certain position he or she applying for.
  • A good cover letter explains briefly your profile background while a resume shows detail information of your employment record.

What should be included in a cover letter?

General there are 10 elements (detail) to be included in an effective letter:

  1. Sender’s address:To begin your cover letter, place your address information on the top of page. The information includes your full name, address, phone number, and email address.
  2. Date of application:Give the current date you are sending your job application to employers. The formal format is something like October 04, 2015.
  3. Employer’s address:It is the address of company you are applying to. This should include company, address, phone number, and email address.
  4. Subject line:I recommend a clear subject line saying what position you are applying. It should center aligned.
  5. The salutation:Before starting writing the first paragraph, you should write the salutation. eg: Dear Mr….., or Dear Sir/Madam
  6. Opening paragraph:in the first paragraph, you should state what position you’re applying, when you see the job announcement, and where you see it as reference.
  7. Middle paragraph 1:Briefly state your relevant educational backgrounds that match you the best with the position.
  8. Middle paragraph 2:Briefly state your relevant working experience that make you fit with the position you applying for.
  9. Concluding paragraph:In this paragraph, you should emphasize your commitment and interest in the job. It is good to request on attention of employers to grant you an interview opportunity in this last paragraph.
  10. Sender’s full name with signature:To end your cover letter properly, you need to write down your full name again with your signature below.

Notice: when you jump from one element to another, you need to skip one line so that things are easy to look at.

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