How to write Cover Letters And CV For Job Seekers, Trainee
How to write Cover Letter for Internship, Management Trainee, and Trainee
- Write to the HR Manager of the company. Say why you are interested in the company and in getting some work experience. Tell them what you can offer in terms of your technical skills and personal qualities.
- Think about the employer’s point of view. Why should they want to take you on? What are the benefits to them? What fresh ideas can you bring?
- Concentrate on your strengths. Your CV will probably be quite empty at this stage, but employers will expect this. They will be looking for signs of enthusiasm, maturity, determination and team-working. Writing your CV now is good practice for when it comes to applying for permanent jobs.
- Show a positive attitude and be proactive. If you do not hear anything after a week, follow up with a phone call.
What kind of CV and Cover letters Companies expected?
Your CV is the tool you use to ‘sell’ your skills and abilities to an employer. It is your chance to show them that you are the right person for the job. A well-presented CV is your key to getting an interview. Employers receive hundreds of CVs and they may make snap decisions on whether or not to interview you based on its appearance and content. Each job is different, each company is different and your CV needs to change too. The basic structure can stay the same, but think
about the job you are applying for and adapt your CV and your cover letter to show how your skills and experience match the requirements of the job.
Some golden rules
- Keep it brief – no more than two sheets of A4.
- You do not need to put ‘CV’ or ‘Curriculum Vitae’ at the top – it is obvious what it is, so use that space for your name instead.
- Include only relevant and current information and give the most important information first
- Do not be tempted to bend the truth – employers are checking information more carefully now, so you will only get caught out.
- Use active verbs which highlight your achievements, such as ‘achieved’, ‘organized’, ‘produced’ and ‘designed’.
- Make sure it is easy to read with space between each section.
- Avoid large areas of text – use note form or bullet points instead of long sentences.
- Print your CV on white A4 paper and stick to just one style and font.
- Check your grammar and spelling – then check and double check again! Ask someone else if possible.
- Print out a copy of your CV to keep yourself. A potential
Employer will use your CV to form interview questions, so it’s
Useful to remind yourself of what you’ve written!
Writing a covering letter
As part of your application for a job, you will need to write a covering letter to accompany your CV – even if you are sending it by email. A covering letter builds on the information given in your CV. Its purpose is to state clearly why this company should employ you and your motivation for the job.
The opening paragraph is the most important – it can decide if your CV even gets looked at. Put the same amount of effort into getting your letter right as you put into your CV. Make it sound interesting, focusing on your achievements and strengths rather than just job responsibilities.
Laying out your letter
As with a CV, your letter should be clearly presented on good quality A4 plain paper and set out neatly with margins and equal line spacing:
- Put your address and contact details in the top right hand corner; the employer’s address underneath, aligned to the left. Put the job title and reference number, if there is one.
- Address the letter to a named person – look on the internet or ring the company and find out exactly who you will be dealing with. If you are writing to a named person, finish the letter
‘Yours sincerely’. Sign the letter by hand and type your name below your signature.
- If you cannot find a name to write to, address the letter to ‘Dear Sir’. If you are writing to an unknown person, finish with ‘Yours faithfully’.
- Use the first paragraph to say why you were attracted by the advert – show you have done some research into the company and you are really interested in it.
- Include in your letter where you saw the job advertised.
- Describe how your skills and experience make you suitable for the job. Highlight relevant information from your CV, but do not just repeat what is already there.
- Keep it to one page- it needs to be clear and concise, so the reader can glance through and quickly pick out the main points.
- Take the opportunity to say the things that do not comfortably fit into your CV. It should be formal – but give a sense of your personality too.
- Some employers ask for a hand-written covering letter – in which case, make sure your writing is legible and neat.
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