Applying for a job is more than just filling out an application form or forwarding a copy of your most recent CV. There is a lot of competition out there these days, with hundreds of people applying for the same role. Which is why you need to stand out from the crowd.
If you want to work in Spain then you will need to ensure that you have done as much as you can to give yourself the best chance possible.
A covering letter is vital. Whilst your CV will explain your employment history, your education and any qualifications you might have, a covering letter can really draw attention. It is your chance to really separate yourself from the rest.
Before you put pen to paper, or rather, fingers to keyboard, you should think about what it is that you want to say and how you want to get it across. Employers will be receiving hundreds of CV’s and covering letters so you will want to evoke interest or intrigue.
Practice makes perfect
You may find that in order to get your covering letter right you will want to draft a few copies. Ask someone to read them and to see if you are getting the right message across.
Read it aloud
One good habit to get into is to read your work aloud. Once you have written your cover letter you may find that reading it out loud will help you to see how it comes across. Is there a sentence in there that is too long or doesn’t make sense? This may not be apparent when you read it in your head, but it will come to light when you read it out loud.
Do it anyway
Unless you are asked to not send a covering letter or the prospective employer wants only to see your CV then make sure you send one. It can appear lazy if you only send across your CV. It can show a lack of interest or that you are simply not that bothered.
Don’t be too conventional
There are a lot of basic cover letter templates out there. But try to move away from these. If a prospective employer has hundreds to read through they will soon realise when they all sound the same. Make it slightly different or unique and try and get a little of your personality across.
Don’t forget to proof your final copy and ensure that the formatting is correct. Again, as with a CV, if you don’t proof it and it is packed with mistakes you might find that you are disregarded instantly.
Tailor your covering letter to the role that you are applying for. It can look extremely obvious if you have used a generic letter template. You will also want to limit it to just one page. Any more and you may have lost your reader. Don’t be afraid to use emotion such as ‘I’m really excited by the prospect’ or ‘Your company really interests me because…’
Bill Turner is a free-lance writer who enjoys traveling and sending time with his dogs at the beach.