Learn Cover Letter Essentials

Ever wondered or panicked about how to put together a cover letter or cover email to support your job application. No need to worry anymore. In this section, I will share in brief, what I have called ‘Cover Letter Essentials’. Within this context, they are things or items that should not be found missing in your job application cover letter or cover emails.

It is important to note that while some recruiters are moving towards online application (which require applicants to complete job applications in an online platform, sometimes without the need for a cover letter), a large percentage of recruiters or employers still use the not too old email job application approach. This article provides tips on what to include.

So here you are, you just found this exciting opportunity that you think is fit for you, before you click your send button, be careful to note that your cover email or cover letter contains these essentials:

Subject: This can be the position you are applying for, example: Data Analyst. It could also be a phrase ‘Application For the Position of a Data Analyst’.  Avoid leaving this section empty, especially if it is an application through email;  use of generic terms such as ‘Job Title’ or ‘Application’ is neither a good practice nor will it put you in good light. Such words  would also mean nothing to a recruiter or hiring manager who is probably reviewing hundreds of emails for several positions at the same time. Generic words as subject could also mean that yours could be an unsolicited application, which may be ignored.

Introduction: Do a brief introduction – not necessarily stating your name, but a line to express your interest in the advertised role with specific mention to the role.

Body of Letter: Here is your opportunity to pitch. Briefly explain your experience and skills in relation to the role. Make it brief and no more than five to six lines.

Closing: A line to express appreciation to the recipient or let him/her know your interest in further discussion is a good way to close. An example: ‘I thank you for your time and look forward to receiving your response’.

Signature: Like in a standard official letter, always close your cover email or cover letter with a closing salutation and your name as signature. Example of closing salutations include – Yours sincerely, Yours faithfully, Kind Regards, and Best Regards.

There you have them. Cover letter and cover email essentials. Be sure to modify within the context of recruitment practice in your country and remember to use them when next the opportunity arises.

Conclusion: Job application is your first step to be in front of the recruiter, albeit online and on a screen, make sure you represent yourself well and never miss out on the essentials.

Next, I recommend, make your email or letter brief, except there is specific requirement for word or character length, do not write very lengthy cover email or letters.

But also very importantly, read the job application guidelines and follow the instructions provided.

Got questions, comments or experience to share, please do so in comments section below or hit the contact button.

My best wishes in your career journey.

How to Prepare for Job Interviews – Trends You Need to Know

If you recently attended job interview in a structured organisation, you would notice the continuously changing trends in the things that recruiters or recruiting organisations look out during interviews.

The business world is constantly changing so the players frequently adjust how they navigate to be able to fit, compete and survive. If you are looking to fit yourself in the business world, it is important that you equip yourself with how to make your interview a success and the constantly evolving trends in the labour market.

A successful interview boots your moral and confidence and sends positive signals to your emtions and is great for your mental health. On the other hand, an unsuccessful interview does the opposite: it is demoralising, can affect your self esteem and mental if not properly managed. It could make you to begin to doubt your capability and the confidence you have built overtime. I write from my personal experience with job search and interviews.

So if you scaled through the CV review and shortlist hurdles and finally here you are: a call or an email for an opportunity to further compete for the job, you want to put your best foot forward. I deliberately, use the word compete, yes that is what the entire job search cycle including interview is – competition.

If you are in this state, congratulations, you are a step forward. Here are some tips for you:

  • Research the Company to know its culture and prepare to discuss how you fit when related questions are raised. This because recruiters and company owners are looking for great fits technically, but more so culturally.
  • Find out more information about behavioural and attitudinal interview questions from the internet including professional platforms like LinkedIn. Read and rehearse as many of these questions as possible. Recruiters are interested in the ‘person’ who finally take up the job – will be or she be able to fit with the team or with the organisation’s way of doing things.
  • Some top questions you need to know how to answer include: tell me about your self, your leadership style especially for managerial positions; how you work in a team; communication style or skill, how you work under pressure, conflict resolution skill, work delivery approach, top past achievements that you are proud of, why do you want this job or why do you want to work with the company….. and more.
  • You may also get opportunity to be asked technical questions, it is important to read up the job description and connect your experience and skills to the job you are interviewing for and be able to relate it to how you can add value to the organisation.
  • Note that each company is different and therefore the things they look for could be slightly or largely different, such that no interview questions could be the same, except for the generic – tell me about yourself.  Therefore, your safe net, will be to research, read and rehearse as many interview questions as possible each time you submit a job application or way before you get an interview opportunity.
  • Finally, remember that it is a competition, if does not turn out as you expect, learn from the process and take necessary corrective measures, do not be hard on yourself, but try to dust up quickly and keep pushing your application out. Employers are looking for people, be assured your day will come.

Best wishes in your career journey.

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Job Openings in a Law Firm in Lagos Island

#We are hiring. If this is you, please see the details and the application guide below. You know someone who fits? Please share the information.

A commercial law firm in Lagos Island seeks to fill vacancies for:

(A) Mid-Associate – Litigation & Arbitration

(B) Senior Associate – Corporate Commercial

  • Client and case management experience and skills
  • Ability to attend to both commercial law and litigation issues respectively
  • Good technical legal knowledge and experience- 
  • Good writing and speaking skills
  • Strong ICT skills
  • Well-groomed, team player and strong interpersonal skills
  • Open minded, a self-driven problem solver
  • Ability to work with Partners
  • Age: 24-30 years for Mid-Associate]; 30-35 years for Senior Associate
  • Experience: 3-4 years post call experience [Mid-Associate]; 5 -7 years post call experience  [Senior Associate]
  • Remumeration is attractive and negotiable.
  • Qualified candidates should send their CVs to sbs.talents@gmail.com with the position as the subject. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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