Make a good first impression through your CV and cover letter. The recruiter will notice right away if you put some effort into your application or not. You have a lot to win if you work through the content, the language and the layout. Here you can create your cover letter step by step.
How do I begin?
Do you already have a cover letter that you want to review? Use this checklist and make sure that you have considered everything.
Cover letter checklist (pdf 28 kB)
Do you want to start from scratch? Look at this sample while going through the steps below.
Cover letter English example (pdf 84 kB)
You can also use this website for more examples and inspiration: buzzcv
1. Purpose of a cover letter
The purpose of the letter is that it should take you to the interview. A common mistake is to send out mass letters i.e. the same letter to different companies. The recruiter will notice right away if they are dealing with such a letter. Focus on what you can offer the company and the skills and qualities that match the ad. It is often easier to write a good application if you really like what you see in the ad and if you feel that you are suitable for the job. The challenge is to be as clear as possible when you describe your competence and who you are. Now it is time to begin. Look at the template which is mentioned above and go through the steps.
2. Length and disposition
A suitable length is a 3/4 of an A4 page. Include contact information, if there is a referencenumber and the date. Then begin your letter with a clear title, preferably the same one as in the ad. In Swedish it is a general custom to not use greeting phrases like "Hello"or "Dear Mr or Mrs”. Instead, go directly to the content.
3. Contents of the letter
A good cover letter answers the following three questions:
-Why do you want to work for the company?
Learn as much as possible about the company if possible. Write a few lines about what it is that appeals to you, such as their focus on the environment, that it is an international company, that it is a small or large company with many career opportunities etc.
-Why do you want this job?
Read the ad carefully and explain what tasks that really attracts you and why. Write a few lines about this. The answers to these first two questions may form the first paragraph in the letter.
- Why should they choose you?
Now it's time to describe your skills, your experiences and your qualities. Try to use key words mentioned in the ad and try to figure out what the employer would benefit from. Consider carefully what you are good at, what you learned during training, by extra work and through involvement outside studies. When you describe your personality avoid to just rattling off a number of positive characteristics. Instead, try to describe specific situations where you did well, learned something important or developed your strengths. You can compare with the example letter and see how the above questions are answered.
How do I end the letter?
Remember to finish the letter in a nice way, indicating that you look forward to meeting the employer for an interview. When you start to get ready, you can go through the checklist and make sure you have thought of everything.
Is it really necessary to adjust each cover letter after each job ad?
You should never send out the same application to multiple employers. It is always evident that it is an impersonal and general job application and the employer will not spend time on reading it. Adjust both your resume and letter after each job position and business. Try to give the impression of being particularly interested in their company.
Before you send your cover letter, be sure to proofread it! Spelling errors will give a bad and unserious impression. Ask if someone can check and proof read and, if you like, use the checklist mentioned above.