How To Write A Good Motivation Letter

How to write a good motivation letter

Writing a motivational letter can be nerve-wracking and often confusing and time-consuming, thus here are a few tips and tricks that will help you write an amazing motivation letter.

A motivational letter is a one-page letter that’s used to describe why you are the perfect candidate for a certain position. A good motivation letter can be an absolute game-changer, providing a boost for your resume.

A good motivational letter is a one-pager where you introduce yourself, your story, and show your interest in the position or organization you are applying to.

It is actually  “part two” of the application. Your CV is a summary of the facts, such as your educational background and work experience, while your motivation letter allows you to show a bit more of your personality and indicate why you are suitable for the particular job position.

So make sure that your motivation letter supports your CV and emphasises relevant information about your skills and experience. Before you start, analyse the vacancy and make sure you have enough information to write a good and compelling motivation letter

General tips:

– Use short, active sentences – get to the point;

-Ensure your motivation letter is in line with your CV, but avoid identical overlap. In your CV, you can mention aspects about which you provide further details in your motivation letter;

-Avoid negative/denying words;

-Carefully check the name and job position of the receiver;

-Write convincingly, but not obtrusively.

-Don’t draw conclusions in your text, but rather formulate your arguments in such a way that the receiver can reach the desired conclusion;

-Try to imagine the perspective of the reader. He or she wants to know “What’s in it for me?” So don’t focus on what the company and/or the job position means to you;

– Customise your motivation letter for every application, delete, clarify or move items;

– Avoid abbreviations and technical jargon;

– Make sure there are no spelling mistakes in your motivation letter;

-A motivation letter should be a maximum of 1 A4 sized page about 2/3 filled with text;

-Always send your CV and motivation letter in PDF format and put your name in the title of your CV, motivation letter and email;

-Have your motivation letter read by someone else before you send it.