Your CV must be accompanied by a cover letter.
Caution: Employers aren’t looking for a summary of your CV. They want to assess your motivation to work for their company. Therefore, the content should be dynamic and convincing.
Write the first version of your cover letter and then make sure you personalize it to meet the specific needs of each position you apply for. The letter must be adapted each time and should never feel like rehash.
A cover letter is usually four paragraphs long:
Indicate the source of the job listing and/or the name of the person who referred you to the company. Include the position for which you are applying.
If you have the job description, show the recruiter you have the experience, ability and competence to hold the position. Add a brief description as to why the job interests you.
Request an interview, indicating the hours or days you can most easily be reached. If you are going on vacation shortly, state the date you are leaving and returning.
Politely end the letter and sign it. At the bottom of the letter, state that your resume is included.
Sample cover letter
Ms. Isabelle Michaud
Owner of Dépanneur Moineau
123, Abc St.
Dear Ms. Michaud,
In response to your ad published in the Daily News of February 28, 2004, I am writing to you to apply for the position of cashier at the Dépanneur Moineau.
I possess customer service experience, having been a cloakroom clerk for one season. I am a fast learner and have an aptitude for math and computers. With a bit of training, I am certain that I could operate the cash register skilfully. Moreover, I am proactive and enjoy teamwork. I am certain I could contribute to your company.
Attached is my Curriculum Vitae, listing my experience and interests. I would like to meet with you to discuss the job offer in greater detail. Please feel free to contact me at your convenience.
First and last names
Encl: Curriculum Vitae