A lot of students find the cover letter difficult to get started with:
- There has to be the right balance between talking about yourself and the company
- It requires a certain amount of preprocessing before you can start writing
- And the text should like to hit the right "freshness" - all depending on the recipient you don't necessarily know, of course.
Let's take a look at what a cover letter should and can include, how it can be structured and a few elements that are good to avoid. We will guide you.
Focus on what you can do for the company, not what they can do for you.
Tips for your cover letter
How can I divide my cover letter into eatable bites?
It is a good idea to divide your cover letter into different sections with headings.
There can be different ways to do this. We come below with a proposal for a structure that we have experienced works well.
Think of your cover letter in 3 parts.
To structure the writing, it is a good idea to divide the writing into a few different parts. We work with a threefold division of the cover letter, where you start with the company's perspective and during the cover letter you write more and more into its reality. The parts rarely take up a third of each, and there can easily be parts that overlap each other. So think of it as a rule of thumb with a built-in questionnaire.
Feel free to come up with specific examples or stories. For example, it is easy to say that you are "structured", but it says more if you can describe how and in which situations you are structured.
Where can I learn more?
Get a guidance session with AAU Career
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Contact the career counsellors and have a chat about exactly what you need.