Nowadays, it becomes more and more common for employers to request – next to a formal written application and resume – a motivational letter for a job application. It may seem like a nuisance or pure formality, yet such a motivational letter may win you the job in the long run. It is your place and chance to express your eagerness and interest in getting this job, as well as an opportunity to show off your skills.
A good motivational letter is your chance to set yourself apart from other applicants. Use this opportunity, if given, and create something that will stick with your future employers and impress them.
Structure Your Motivational Letter
A motivational letter should contain some key information that is presented in a certain structure to make it easy readable for your future employer.
The header of your motivational letter should contain:
- Your name and contacts
- Name and contacts of the company
The body is the most important part since it holds all the information that is most valuable for your potential new bosses. It should consist of the following parts.
- Subject line (e.g. position you are applying for)
- Formal salutation
- Main content
- Closing paragraph
The introduction is the part where you introduce and present yourself to the recipient. It should be held rather short.
The main content is where you can start to excel and set yourself apart from other applicants. It is the most important part. Highlight your qualities and characteristics, your skills and knowledge, as well as experience you gained in the field you are applying for.
The closing paragraph is where you should put your expectations from the job. Point out how you could gain from working for the company, how it will help you to learn and improve your skills, and state that you are free for a job interview. Also: thank the readers for their consideration of your application.
Now, don’t forget to put your signature underneath.