Professional Cover Letter in 2022: Best-Practice Guide

How do I write a professional cover letter, so it doesn't go in the trash? What should an effective cover letter contain? See the ready-made pattern and our tips
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COVER LETTER – WHAT IT IS AND WHY YOU SHOULD WRITE IT

A cover letter is a letter that you send to a recruiter. It can be out of your initiative or because it is required in the job advertisement. What for? The name says: to "motivate". Who? The employer. Yourself too, by the way. :)


You write a cover letter to show that:
  • you care about work
  • you care about THIS PARTICULAR job. This exact position in this exact company.
  • you are suitable for this job. Most of all because of your attitude, qualities and values (then education and experience)


You send the cover letter TOGETHER WITH YOUR RESUME. The cover letter is to be an extension and complement to the content of the resume. You show more of yourself. You have a chance to point out what you did and where you did it. Not only that, but you can also TALK about yourself. Who you are, what you think. About what's important to you, why you feel like this job is for you.

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Why write a cover letter?


Recruiters select candidates based on "specifics". Can they do something or not? How long or short they did it for? In the cover letter, you add to this dry data. You write why you did it. Why you want to do it here. Why you want to do it at all, and so on.

The recruiter wants to see more of you. The description of your feelings and motivation to work in the cover letter will help. It will work better than the "high motivation and willingness to learn".



Your resume will attract attention when it has a professional graphic design and when it is transparent. Appropriate colors can increase the reader's interest (by up to 80%).

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HOW DO I WRITE A PROFESSIONAL COVER LETTER ?

You must have an introduction, a body... and so on. In detail:

  1. Introduction – with basic information about you and what position you are applying for. Show that you know exactly what the job is about. Describe who you want to work for and where. Provide the position, the department name and other information you have. This will prove that you are involved from the very beginning of the recruitment process. And this means you will probably also be involved in the work.
  2. Body – this is the main part. A description of what prompted you to send a response to the advertisement. Why you are suitable, what your strengths are, and so on.
  3. Conclusion – typical for an official letter.
    Courtesy return, repeated application for admission to work, signature.
    Here you can also mention any attachments you add to the application.

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PROFESSIONAL COVER LETTER TEMPLATE

You can prepare a cover letter in a few minutes in our CraftCv CV Builder. You will find ready-made templates, tips and examples there.

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EFFECTIVE COVER LETTER TIPS – CONTENT AND FORM

What and how to write in the cover letter to attract the recruiter?

  • be honest and open
And by honest, I do not mean truthfulness. The fact that we do not lie is obvious, isn't it? The point is to open up to the recruiter, show your true self. Imagine that you are already in an interview. They ask you a general question like “What prompted you to apply to our advertisement?”. But what actually is it? Tell them (in the letter)!
  • talk about the positives
There are no perfect candidates. You might consider yourself even less perfect than the "rest of the imperfect". Maybe because you have little experience. Don't worry about it! You can make up for this shortage with one of your advantages. Describe it. Write that you are aware that you miss this and that. But also that you care about getting this job and think you can handle it because...

 That's where you start giving arguments. Since you're sending your application, I'm sure you already have something in mind to finish this sentence. Now just put it in words and down on paper.
  • tell a story
It is so-called storytelling. Don't worry, you don't need to know copywriting nor marketing. It's about introducing yourself in the process. About sharing your story, the way that led you to where you are now. Of course, don't exaggerate, you're not creating an autobiography here. List not only the qualities you have but also where they came from. Why you want to work here – and why in this industry, why in this profession. 

Talk about your values and needs. What it would give you to work in this position, what it would bring to your life.
  • do not duplicate resume information
That's why they're asking you for an additional document. They want to find out something new about you.
  • be specific
Don't overstate your character. The mere mentioning of features is unreliable. Such things work in practice. Better talk about specific achievements or experiences. "I have experience in..." or "I have completed many projects" are too general. Such texts are used by most candidates. Instead, write what your most interesting project was about. Where it was implemented. Who the recipient was.
 What the achievement was. The more accurate the data, the better - people like to see numbers. Also, there is no point in exaggerating – describe 1-2 of the greatest achievements.
  • do not copy hackneyed phrases
“I am writing in response to a job advertisement”. “I would like to convince you of my candidacy for an employee...”. The vast majority of cover letters start with such slogans. It is correct but boring. Instead, start with: “I would like to present [number] reasons…” or “Occupation [name] requires [attribute]. As the future..., I..."

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PROFESSIONAL COVER LETTER EXAMPLES
FOR ALL JOB APPLICATIONS IN 2022


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EFFECTIVE COVER LETTER EXAMPLE (2022)

Keep in mind, that a cover letter is a supplement to your resume, not a replacement. Meaning, you don’t just repeat whatever is mentioned in your resume.

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CREATIVE COVER LETTER SAMPLE

If you're looking to work for a company, but there aren't any positions currently open, try writing a letter of interest for a job. It's a great way of uncovering vacancies that aren't even advertised.

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CV AND COVER LETTER EXAMPLES
THAT WILL HELP GET YOU HIRED


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SUMMARY: WHAT SHOULD AN EFFECTIVE COVER LETTER 2022 BE LIKE?


If your cover letter is neat, it'll be more readable. In CraftCV CV Builder, you create lists in the same style as your resume. It will look nice and cohesive! The aesthetic form and correct, convincing content increase the chance of employment.

It is good if the candidate has the experience. But it is more about arousing sympathy. Thanks to a good cover letter you can awaken in the recruiter exactly this type of feelings towards you :)

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Magdalena Światłowska
Co-owner of CraftCv. Graduated in Computer Graphics. She is the author of all the CV templates and visual identification of the service. She believes in fair e-marketing therefore she loves to test, analyze, and learn new solutions and marketing strategies. Mindful budgeting, organization and planning are Magdalena's main traits.

In her free time you can find her on the gym or playing strategy games like StarCraft II. She likes to watch netflix and is definitely a cat person