CV, motivation letter

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In the most of cases, the CV is accompanied by a letter of intent/motivation. This is considered to be the first contact with the employer and should generally state the motivation of the applicant in getting this job, and how is his/her experience relevant etc. as for the CV, there are several models for the letter of intent, but all should contain the following information:

1) Candidate contact details: name, surname, address, postcode (optional), landline and / or mobile phone number, email address. This informations is placed at the beginning of the letter, in the top left corner, usually, if the letter is sent in physical form (on paper) and at the end of the letter, in the signature, if it is send by email.

2) The name and position of the person in charge of recruitment within the employing company will appear in the addressing formula at the beginning of the letter.

3) The name and address of the employing company will be placed in the top right corner, if the letter of intent is sent in physical form. The name and address of the employing company are usually omitted in the recruitment processes that involves online application.

4) The date; unlike the CV, which should not be dated, the letter of intent must also include this information, which is usually placed in the top right corner. In case the letter of intent is send in physical form (paper), which already contains the employer’s name and address in the top right, the date will appear under this information.

5) Greeting / Addressing Formula.

6) The first paragraph of the body of the letter of intent should contain the reason why the candidate is applying for this vacancy and, optionally, where he or she came across information regarding it. In the case of a spontaneous application, the employers must be made aware of the position that is targeted at the company or department / field of interest.

7) The second paragraph is the one that demonstrates to the employer that the person is fit to occupy the vacancy within the company, by emphasizing the appropriate skills. An experienced professional will make known his or her relevant experience and, optionally, the results obtained in previous jobs.

8) The third paragraph is meant to be the last one. Usually, it refers to the resume and availability to present to an interview in order to provide the employer with information from the letter of intent and CV. Where appropriate, there may be one more paragraph before the final one in which professional recommendations can be brought into question that favor or highlight the candidate’s outstanding performance.

9) The ending formula depends on the style and the choice of each candidate, but it must be written, like the rest of the content, in a professional, neutral style. “appreciation/ esteem / respect / sincerity” etc formulations are appropriate.

10) The signature appears at the end of the letter and contains, in addition to first name and surname, the contact details – if sent by email. In the case of a printed letter of intent, the signature in clear is doubled by the hand.

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