How to write your letter of introduction correctly

The cover letter remains an element of your application in its own right; it should make the recruiter want to know you. Here are some tips and pitfalls to avoid so that your application is not rejected

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Zero fault goal

The letter should be succinct, airy with paragraphs. The letter is direct to the point and the style is direct but polite.

Write it down in a separate file, read it carefully and have it checked before sending it. Don't forget to check the spelling in Word and give the file a clear name, such as LastNameNameLM2009.doc.

If you opt for a cover letter integrated into the body of the email, it should be shorter (about 1000 characters).

Think also about harmonizing the fonts and checking the weight of the accessories (500kb maximum).

For a letter as an attachment, choose a format that is readable by all computers (plain text or . rtf, in . doc but not in a current version of Word).

Don't forget to give your contact details in the email in case the recruiter can't open your files)

Differentiate yourself by personalizing your letter

This is a mandatory rule, your letter must be personalized according to the position to be filled and the company.

Avoid visible mailing lists, in the worst case by using the hidden copy function (ICC in Outlook), in the best case by writing a different email for each application.

Always remember to apply directly to the recruiter. Once you have clicked "Submit" it is no longer possible to retrieve your application!

Sending identical letters to multiple recruiters is frowned upon. It is better to make fewer requests and address them than to circulate mass mailings. Therefore, clearly indicate in your letter or e-mail the name of the contact person to whom the request is addressed.

Showing originality

Although the cover letter is an imposed exercise and a bit old-fashioned, it is not forbidden to show a little originality in it.

In the style or the slogan, the humor (good sense) is not necessarily out of place.

Asking the reader about a point in their personality can also help them stand out. Finally, don't forget that if your letter is sent by mail (with a nice stamp), it must be handwritten.

Don't forget the "required" fields.

As with a resume, the cover letter should contain certain information.

This information is used by the recruiter for his files and therefore to find you more easily.

In the upper left corner, please specify your first and last name, as well as your address, telephone number and e-mail address.

If you know, add the name of the person to whom your letter is addressed. Finally, add a subject field in which you will write the name of the position you are applying for.

Write your letter as an essay

And, yes, you've had enough of those famous three-part essays. You thought you'd be done with them by the time you entered the workforce. Unfortunately, that's not the case.

We are not talking here about thesis, synthesis, antithesis, but nevertheless your cover letter should be divided into three main parts: the "You", in which you demonstrate that you know perfectly the company and the needs of the recruiter, the "I", in which you explain how your profile corresponds to the needs of the company, and finally the "We", part in which you explain how your collaboration will be "win-win" for both parties.

Courtesy, the first of the virtues

Madam, sir. Just two little words to relax your reader. They immediately soften your cover letter and make you want to read what you say next.

And to conclude your letter, don't hesitate to end it with a polite sentence. A "Sincerely, Dear Sir/Madam" has never hurt anyone, on the contrary! )

> Tomorrow, all the nice people at work?

Project yourself into the afterlife!

If your cover letter has been written correctly, you should encourage the recruiter to contact you. How do you know it is well written?

Easy: when you read it, you should be convinced that you are the right candidate. Don't hesitate to have it reviewed by someone close to you...

They will have more perspective than you. And above all, before the traditional polite greeting, suggest to the recruiter that you would like to see him again. For example, add, "I'd be happy to talk to you about my profile and tell you more about my background and motivations.

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  1. Zero fault goal
  2. Differentiate yourself by personalizing your letter
  3. Showing originality
  4. Don't forget the "required" fields.
  5. Write your letter as an essay
  6. Courtesy, the first of the virtues
  7. Project yourself into the afterlife!
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