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Motivation Letter:
The passport for your dream job
The motivation letter is a document that accompanies your CV and that will introduce
it. It´s a big mistake to neglect the cover letter (CL). Don´t forget that the Job market is
increasingly competitive and you must show the recruiter why you should be hired.
“Your cover letter is particularly important. It's the job searcher's opportunity to help
the potential employer see that the applicant's skills and experience match what the
employer seeks. In the current economic climate, with the scarcity of jobs, a wellwritten cover letter distinguishes your application."
Resources Consultant.

Susan Heathfield, Human

So it´s extremely important that your CL is well formulated and allow you to
differentiate yourself from other candidates. Thus, here are some tips you should
Content and Structure
First of all, never forget to answer clearly and quickly the employer´s unspoken
questions: “Who are you?”, “Why have you contacted me?” and “Why should I be
interested in meeting you?”. You should not restate the content of your resume.
Instead, the CL is the right opportunity to make explicit your skills, which you must
support with your experience.
Regarding the structure, ideally a cover letter has no more than four paragraphs. In the
first one you should specify what you are applying for and how did you find out about
that opportunity. The goal of the second one is to show why you are good for the job,
so you should list your qualifications and prove them. The third should point out why
you want it, so outline your interest for the skills you are going to learn if you get the

job. You should give the impression that you can make a genuine contribution to the
company's operations. In the last one you should outline your availability for an
interview, suggesting in this way a concrete follow-up for your application.

Beginning and Ending CL
You should address the letter directly to the person who is going to read your letter.
In the case that you do not know their name, an email, a little digging on the net or a
phone call should help you get that name, in the case it is not mentioned in the job
advertisement. If you do know the name of the addressee, start with Dear Mr, Ms,
Mrs, Dr, and the surname of the addressee, followed by a comma. In this case, you
should end the letter with the salutation “Yours sincerely”.
If you do not know the name, start with Dear Sirs, or Dear Sir or Madam and close
with “Yours faithfully”.
Other Formalities
Write concisely with simple and straightforward language, don’t use outrageous
superlatives and never lie. Use active voice, because it conveys a much stronger, more
positive impression. Avoid typos and grammatical errors. A well-written, professional
cover letter will stand on its own merits.
It will work against you if you deviate significantly from the traditionally conservative
legal style, so print your CL on A4 white paper, the same as that on which your CV was
printed, and put both documents in an A4 envelope of matching color.
It is customary for formal letters to mention whether you have enclosed any
documents accompanying the letter. Simply mention enclosure, or write curriculum
vitae under the heading enclosure at the end of the letter.

Fep Finance Club,
May 2012

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