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?
A cover letter should always be adapted to the job that you are applying for. Therefore, before you start writing your cover letter, you need to find a position that you want to apply for. A first step that will prepare you for writing your cover letter is to do the exercises below. They will provide you with material that you can use while, at the same time, following our step-by-step cover letter-guide.
In Sweden you usually don’t write “Dear Sir or Madam”. Just go directly to the header.
Competent Engineer with knowledge in bio materials and marketing
Create your own header or use the one in the ad.
I am a creative engineer with skills and competence within both the med tech and marketing field who really enjoys when many things are going on at the same time. After talking to Anders Persson I understood that Pacemaker is a company which is growing very fast, especially in my areas of interest, implants and bio materials. Accordingly, I would very much like to contribute to the company’s future development and be part of the sales and marketing of pacemakers. Your international business activity appeals to me as well, since I really would like to work abroad within the next few years. A has motivated why she wants to work for the actual company.
The goal with my education at KTH has been to be able to work with sales and marketing of products and services within med tech. The position as a marketing manager has got just the right combination of technology and marketing that I’m looking for. A has clarified why she wants the position.
I would really like to work with products which contribute to people’s wellbeing and health. Right now I am doing my thesis work at the Medical Company which gives me the practical experience from working in the medical industry. I find it really interesting and I really enjoy it. As a person I am outgoing, something which I have shown through extracurricular activities such as being responsible for the reception of new students and through different jobs in the travelling industry. I am also a creative person who likes to work with different assignments. To connect to people and maintain contacts is also something which I find stimulating. I have always been drawn customer oriented jobs. A motivates why they should choose her.
On my spare time I play the guitar together with some friends in a band. I try to be outdoors in the nature as often as possible and I love skiing and mountain biking. End your letter in a nice way.
I look forward to meet you for an interview.
Put the job you are applying for as the header of the letter. It's a good idea to use the same heading as that in the advertisement, and always include the reference number if there is one.
Make sure that your name, address, email, and telephone number are easy to find. Preferably in the header or footer if you have them on your CV.
The length of the letter should be about 3/4 of an A4 page. The layout must appear to be professional, and it should be in the same style as your CV. The letter should be easy to read, provide a summary and trigger their interest. Do not adjust the margins to give you more space.
Base the letter on the job you are applying for; do not use a standard letter template. Focus on what is wanted in the advertisement. The letter must relate to the job you are applying for. The person recruiting will notice if you send a mass letter i.e. the same letter to several employers. Think quality instead of quantity.
1. Why do you want to work for this company?
Give your reasons for wanting to work exactly in that company. Show that you are well-prepared.
2. Why do you want that position?
Describe what about the position that attracts you.
3. Why should they choose you?
Describe clearly the reasons why the company should choose you for the job. Focus on the skills and knowledge that they request in the advertisement and provide actual examples of where you have used them.
The purpose of the letter is to stimulate curiosity and interest so that the employer wants to see you for an interview. Choose carefully what you would like the employer to know about you. Link together aspects of the company's culture and the job's goal to your motivation, characteristics, experiences, interests and skills.
Check what you have written. Get someone to help you proofread it.
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.