The importance of a cover letter & a good CV

The importance of a cover letter & a good CV

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When applying for jobs we are always asked to create a curriculum vitae (cv) and sometimes a cover letter is required as well. These two documents are a great part of whether you will move a step closer to getting the job or not. There are a few tricks that can assist you in making sure your CV and cover letter stand out and these tricks will be discussed below.

The first step in making sure that both your documents stand out is by understanding what the company needs from you. Do some research on the company and the position you want then make sure that you can showcase your skills and services in those fields. For example if the company is looking for someone who is a leader, mention the roles where you were the leader. Understanding the company culture and your role will also help you understand how you will fit in. 

The second step is to make sure that you choose a good format for your documents. It is necessary that your CV does not look like a bedtime story but you manage to include all necessary details. Search the internet for examples or ask someone if you are not sure of the correct format. Your cover letter on the other hand needs to correlate with your CV but it must not echo your CV, it must add more information about yourself and what you are offering to the company. Make sure that your cover letter is uniquely tailored for the company. It is also important to make sure that you use a font that is neat and easily read for both documents.

The third step is to make sure that you are able to put your experiences in a chronological and logical order so that your documents are not confusing to the reader. It is important that the interviewer is able to see your progression from past to present and how you plan to progress in the future. 

Finally, make sure that you represent yourself well without going overboard or lying. It is advisable to ask those who know you well to advise you  because they might know some of your skills that you are not aware of and they might also be able to share some insightful critics that could help you create outstanding documents.

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