It is a good way to introduce yourself, but get it wrong and no matter how perfect your CV is, your job application could end up in the bin. Follow these simple rules and the job offers are sure to follow:
It might sound obvious, but Keep It Short and Simple (Kiss). No potential employer is going to wade through page after page of reasons why you are the perfect person for the job. Your letter should be no more than one page and follow this paragraph format: why you are writing the letter, i.e., why you are qualified for the job, why you want to work for the company, thank them for their time and say you will follow up your application with a phone call.
Look at the job description and tailor your letter to the job to highlight your relevant experience, because there could be number of positions you could apply for with your skills.
If a company sends out a letter it will do it on letter-headed paper, so you should follow suit. Make sure your address and contact number are at the top and set the letter out correctly, before signing it at the end. If you show a professional approach to begin with, you are more likely to be taken seriously.
The cover letter should complement your CV, not copy it. It is OK to highlight one or two points in it, such as professional qualifications or how your current job is the perfect stepping stone to the new position, but employers will get bored reading the same thing twice.
Make sure you address your letter to the right person. Simply writing “to the manager” will not cut it. An employer will be more amenable to someone who has taken the time to find out who is in charge of applications, especially as making a phone call only takes two minutes.
Where to find your perfect job
1. There are dozens of recruitment agencies in Dubai, some of which specialise while others cover a range of careers. You can often find them in trade magazines or on the internet, so register with a few to make sure you hear about new jobs before everyone else.
3. The great thing about the internet is that space is unlimited, so you are bound to find more jobs here than anywhere else. From search engines to online publications and international publications, get typing and your new role could be just a few clicks away.
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