When applying for a new job opportunity, your CV or Resume will be the most important thing for future potential employers  to determine if you are suitable for the job. Although you can just send your Resume off to the employer without any other communication in most cases, there are sometimes exceptions where they explicitly asked you not to. Once you determine you can submit your CV it's important to  write a motivation letter in English that can help you present your CV in the best possible light to any employer.

If you have gained your experience in a foreign country, and now wish to apply for jobs or opportunities in English speaking countries, then you will need to translate your application into English for it to be considered at all.

Whether you're interested in Internships abroad, looking for seasonal jobs, student employment, or an interesting job or educational opportunity, you will need to include a compelling cover letter that is fitting and representative of your experience. Your CV and cover letter are the key to opening yourself up to new and interesting possibilities that can help build your knowledge and give you the opportunity to speak English.

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It may not be easy to reply to an advert and highlighting your strengths and experiences in a few pages, even for native English speakers let alone ESOL Students. To write the best response that will encourage someone to give you a chance it will depend on your application, therefore it will involve planning the letter, organising your experience, making it interesting and showing yourself in your best light.

Whether you are writing your resume or your cover letter. it's important your English is excellent with no spelling errors and the use of correct grammar. Here are some tips to help you to get that dream job interview!

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Why Do You Need A Covering Letter?

The employers first introduction to you is your covering letter!  Therefore, the greeting, the layout, the first sentences, showing your experience and qualifications, but also demonstrating your personality are all essential parts of the covering letter. The best chance of being noticed amongst many other hopeful applicants, is your cover letter that must be exceptional and convincing.

International industries such as tourism and commerce will require their staff to speak English, especially in tourist zones, and of course those companies that are in english speaking countries.   Speaking English is an important skill to have on your CV or resume,  and is a great advantage when searching for employment internationally.

Speaking in English for many experienced professionals, is the one skill that sets them apart from other applicants especially in companies requiring English speakers but not based in an English speaking country.

To highlight your fluency in English write a compelling and convincing covering letter. Your cover letter will be your  opportunity  to show all of your linguistic ability and fluency,  as well as your other skills.

The letter should be written in a clear precise way that highlights your skills , experiences and qualifications. It should clearly show your primary motivation for applying and also why any employer should give you a position. Your English level should also be clearly reflected in your writing so that the employer can see your aptitude in English.

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Plan For Your Cover Letter

It is possible to write your cover letter without a plan, but it's best for people who are already strong writers. However, for most people it's best to  put a plan into place that can help to put your ideas in order and ensures that you do not repeat or forget any important details. Therefore to start your covering letter, it is essential to establish a writing plan. Cover letters are typically divided into three or four paragraphs and preferably all on one page.

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Take the opportunity to show all of your english language skill in your covering letter.  Photo Source: Unsplash

1. Paragraph one – Introduce your interest in the company with a brief introduction of who you are and your education.
2. Paragraph two – Explain what attracts you to the position and your skills that makes you a viable candidate.
3. Paragraph three – Describe your experience in detail that makes you an ideal candidate succeed in the role.                       Tip: Using the job description as a guide can help you highlight the most relevant skills and experience.
4. Paragraph four – Last paragraph to highlight your final thoughts, thank the recruiter for their time and invite them to ask you further questions to clarify any questions that they may have.

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Tips For Writing Your Best Covering Letter

It is imperative that you know what you want to say in the covering letter also vital to make sure that it's easy to understand for the recruiter.  Once you have the plan and template ready, and an idea of who and what your targets are you can start to write and fill in the blanks tailored to the position you're applying for.

An excellent tip for your cover letter is to  write down the key terms from the job description itself that match your experience and insert them into your text.  Once you have written the letter, it is essential to edit the content to make sure it's as precise and powerful as possible.

Also, try to match the tone of your cover letter to the style of the company that you are applying to. If the company is formal like a bank, then your covering letter should be formal, but applying to a casual cool tech startup where employees are more relaxed, should match that tone in your cover letter.

Your English Level And Your Cover Letter

Although it is important to make sure that you have no mistakes and are well understood in your cover letter, it important that the cover letter is representative of you. Therefore remember, if you don't have the best English, your letter should show your authentic level of English and the interview will confirm that.

So yes your covering letter should be well written with correct spelling and grammar,  but make sure that you are authentic in your application. Remember that in most cases the covering letter is just the first part of the application, you will probably have a face to face interview with the recruiter, so it's important to be present the authentic person in the covering letter and CV.

A good tip is,  if your English is not the best then highlight your English level on your CV and mention that you are in the process of of learning and improving your level.  Employers like and appreciate potential employees who are engaged in personal development, so although you may not havethe best English but plan to study to improve over time.

The Format of Your Covering Letter

The format for your covering letter is important, because a good concise format and visual presentation of a covering letter that will get the attention of the employer/recruiter.

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Add some basic personal information here such as your address and contact information.

Date

Date the letter with the long form date as date formats are not the same worldwide. i.e. use 7th September 2019 not 07/09/19

Fonts

Use a basic clear font when editing your letter, fonts like ‘Arial' are professional and easy to read.

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Other Tips

  • Address the recruiter by name if you know it.To whom it may concern if you have no direct point of contact.
  • The job Reference should be quoted per job description, helps the recruiter know which job you are applying for.
  • At the start of the letter, show your interest with sentences such as I am writing to apply for the position of.
  • Explain why you want join the company and why you would be good for the company.   e.g. use: I know your products very well and I would love to talk to you about how I can help you increase your international presence can be powerful.
  • Explain your ‘relevant' experience and skills. eg. My skills are an ideal match for this position.
  • End the letter by showing how motivated you are and that you're available for an interview. With sentences like I would appreciate the opportunity to meet you to talk to you in person.
  • A formal closing such as Sincerely or best regards. And your name, address, phone numbers
  • Editing for grammar and spelling is very important, therefore proofread the letter for mistakes, sentences that are too long or anything that is hard to understand.
  • Remove industry terminology from the covering letter. Although it's ok to keep them in the CV,  the cover letter may be read by an assistant or recruiter not specialised in your industry so if they don't understand what you are saying, they may not pass your application forward.

Hopefully these tips will help you in your approach to writing a cover letter in English and make your application successful!

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Yvette

Yvette is a freelance Canadian writer living in Paris. She spends her time between Toronto and Paris and likes to travel and learn. She's the proud mom of two strong minded women and enjoys her free time giving back to her communities.