In the previous blog we talked about how to create your Curriculum Vitae (CV). In addition to your CV, a motivation letter is also needed when applying for a job. In this blog we will give you some great tips on how to write the best motivation letter.
A motivation letter is a one-page letter that is used to describe why YOU are the perfect candidate for the job. Where your CV is a summary of your skills, your educational background and work experience, your motivation letter allows you to show a bit more of your personality. Always make sure that your CV is supported by a motivation letter that emphasizes relevant information about your skills and experience. The best way to go about writing a motivation letter is using the three part structure that includes an introduction, body, and conclusion.
Start with a formal greeting by saying, "Dear Mr. + surname if you know the name" or "Dear Sir or Madam" if you don’t know the name of the recipient.
Next, introduce yourself to the reader by expressing your excitement for the job opportunity. Mention the exact job title you're applying for along with where you saw the position or how you learned about the job. Then already mention one or two skills that best fit the role to grab the reader's attention. Below is a sample that you can customize based on your own circumstances:
Dear Sir or Madam,
I read your posting for the position of Waiter on the Strategic Recruitment Suriname Facebook channel with great interest and I’m convinced that I would be a great addition to your team. I am confident that my experience as an energetic and hard working Waiter will provide the skills you are looking for.
‘The body’ of your letter
This is the section where you elaborate on why you're the best fit for the role and the company. Mention more skills and experience you have that match with the ones needed for this job. This can also be a great time to mention the values or goals you share with the company, by mentioning that you read their website and agree with their specific values. Employers are often pleased to see that you have invested to do some research about the company.
You can also talk about your passion for the role and that you're excited to learn more. Employers are often looking for employees passionate about the role and who will put their best effort toward delivering valuable work. Some employers may value this more than experience, which can help put you ahead of other candidates with experience.
I have worked as a Waiter for the past two years. This has given me considerable experience in what it takes to serve guests in a fast-paced restaurant environment. I am fast, great at multitasking and can take on many guests at one time. Above all, I maintain that customer service is the most important task to master as a Waiter.
My experience and skills would make me a great new addition to your restaurant and I would love to be a part of your winning team.
You conclude your letter by requesting politely for a chance to personally talk through your CV and letter in an interview. Then thank the reader for their time. To formally end your letter, you can write, "Sincerely," followed by your full name at the bottom of the document.
I have enclosed my CV for your review and would be thankful for an opportunity to meet with you in the near future to discuss my application.
Ask for feedback
Before submitting your motivation letter, you should read through to catch any issues with spelling and grammar. You can also send it to friends or colleagues for advice and feedback. They may catch an error in your document that you may have missed.
Good luck with applying for your new job!