Cover letter

Typically, the cover letter accompanying the curriculum is another form of the applicant to present himself. It must be unique, catchy and concise.

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Issue Mozambique - Volume 1 On May 22, 2016

Typically, the cover letter accompanying the curriculum is another form of the applicant to present himself. It must be unique, catchy and concise.

The cover letter is written to accompany the resume (CV) and, as the CV, it should be written strictly and carefully, in order to capture the attention of those who read it by making a difference.

Usually, the cover letter is used both in spontaneous applications and responses to job postings.

As the name refers, a spontaneous application is an initiative where the person concerned applies to a certain function in a company. It is therefore a first contact with potential employers, and a strategy for the signatory to present himself, in addition to being a proactive way to seek new professional challenges. Being spontaneous, it is essential to know the company, and to include the motivation that lead to applying.

In turn, the cover letter written to respond to a job ad should be adequate to what is required in this ad. This is the first contact with a potential employer, so it is essential to make a good impression.

Useful tips

Whether it’s a spontaneous application, whether the response to a job offer, there are tips to consider when writing a cover letter. To know:

– Direct the letter to a specific person. If in ad, it should have this indication; if not, direct it to the head of the department that opens a vacancy.

– Place the subject, this is why you write a cover letter.

– Choose a catchy opening sentence, unique and customized to make a difference. Avoid expressions such as “Following the job ad.”

– Explain the reason for the application, with enthusiasm and originality.

– The letter should not be more than one page.

– Use positive language and express confidence.

– No reference to salary, unless answering to an advertisement that has this request.

– Finish as started; that is, causing good impression and marking the difference, mentioning availability for an interview.


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