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How to Write An Ideal Cover Letter For Your First Official Job (2022)

How to Write An Ideal Cover Letter For Your First Official Job (2022)
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How to Write An Ideal Cover Letter For Your First Official Job (2022)

How to Write An Ideal Cover Letter For Your First Official Job (2022)

As a new year approaches, lots of openings and opportunities present themselves in the area of career pursuit. People are getting set to change their job, or get one. The burden is more on the employers with tons of applications from interested candidates for a particular position.

 

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This is where writing a proper cover letter could distinguish you from the rest who pay lesser attention to it.  Some employers just look out for the cover letter which is supposed to be a summary of your personality and capabilities. Thus,  submitting a cover letter essentially increases your chances of getting the job.

The Big Question is:

How do you write a cover letter when you have no job experience?

Find Out Below

1. WHAT DOES A COVER LETTER LOOK LIKE?

 

There is a format for writing an ideal cover letter, and what it should contain.

This includes:

  • Your name and contact information, including your email address and current phone number in the upper right-hand corner.
  • The name of the business or the human resources contact’s name should be on the left.
  • Clearly state the purpose of the letter. For example, “Re: Application for Senior Translator.”
  • A formal salutation to the person reading the letter. For example, “Dear Mr/Sir/Mrs,” or some other friendly but formal greeting.
  • Then, an opening paragraph to introduce yourself to the reader.
  • The main paragraph highlighting the skills you possess that are relevant to the job you seeking to acquire.
  • Finally, a closing paragraph, asking to be considered for the position and expressing your interest in an interview.

 

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2. HOW TO WRITE A COVER LETTER WITHOUT A JOB EXPERIENCE

THE DO’S 

 

Not having a job experience should not be seen as a major setback but an opportunity to be creative and adaptive when applying for one. For instance, if you are applying for a job as a secretary or desk personnel, highlighting your office management and computing skills is a good strategy. Your knowledge in MS office suite, MS word, MS Excel, typing speed and accuracy could come in handy when writing the letter.

You must have not been idle all your life before applying for this job. There are activities where you did some voluntary work and made huge or little successes and achievements you can mention them

So, think out of the box, recalling previous experiences where you had an opportunity to shine when performing tasks related to the job. Here’s what you may want to highlight:

  • Your strengths and any personal attributes that set you apart as an asset to the company;
  • Educational achievements that put you in a good light that is relatable to the position;
  • Participation in community or school volunteer organizations;
  • Hobbies and personal interests that are related to the job;
  • Experiences that highlight your capacity for teamwork.

THE DON’TS 

 

Now that you know all the “do’s”, it’s time to take a close look at the “dont’s”. Simple writing blunders can quickly ruin the impression from your awesome cover letter. Luckily, they’re easy to avoid.

  • Very Long Cover Letters. Hiring managers are busy, so keep it short, simple, and to the point.
  • Unnatural / Complex Language. While the letter should be semi-formal, it shouldn’t use overly formal language. This can come across as disingenuous. For example, instead of saying “advantageous,” sub in “helpful,” or instead of “subsequently,” use “later” or “after.”
  • Underselling Yourself/. One of the hardest things in life is to boast about yourself, but a cover letter really is a brag letter for all intents and purposes. Don’t be shy; be your own biggest fan.
  • Don’t write words just for the sake of filling up the page. For example, don’t use a string of adjectives when one will do. Avoid constructions such as “I’m sincere, honest, and trustworthy;” these words all say the same thing.

 

In conclusion, you don’t need job experience to write an outstanding cover letter. With a creative and constructive cover letter, you stand a chance to land a job of your choice.

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