From my survey while communicating with job seekers on BBM, one of the most widely asked questions is : “What is a Cover Letter”. I will put you through on this and also show you a sample template which you can always use in applying for jobs.
According to Google, A Cover Letter is defined as “A letter sent with, and explaining the contents of, another document or a parcel of goods.”
A cover letter typically accompanies each CV/resume you send out to provide additional information on why or how you are qualified for the job you are applying for.
Effective cover letters explain the reasons for your interest in the specific job in an organization and identify your most relevant skills or experiences.
Your cover letter could make the difference between obtaining a job interview and having your resume ignored, so it makes good sense to devote the necessary time and effort to writing effective cover letters.
A cover letter should complement, not duplicate, your resume. A cover letter is critical in creating a very good first impression.
Cover letters are generally one page at most in length, divided into a header, introduction, body, and closing
Below is a template/blueprint I have suggested for you in writing your cover letters:
Also, below is a Sample real world Cover Letter that follows the template above:
I hope this helps. Feel free to ask me any career related questions, whether generic or specific to job search in Nigeria. If I can, I will always answer and post it on this blog for other people to learn from it.
If you are on my BBM list, you can easily ping me your questions. If you are not, I’m sorry I cant accept any more BBM requests(My contact list is full to it’s limit). However, you can contact me via email at info[at]jobzilla[dot]ng