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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cover Letter : Is it important ?

Question : Is a cover letter important when applying for overseas jobs? 

APMC : A cover letter can be all-important as it is the first document a busy recruitment team sees. If it does not fit the bill, your C.V. will see the inside of a bin before a page is even turned.

A cover letter provides the first opportunity to screen and ensure that your skills, experience and qualifications match what the company is looking for.

  • Follow company instructions carefully when you submit your cover letter. Many companies will tell you exactly how they want the application and what they want to see in the cover letter so make sure the details are there as requested.
  • Make sure you target the cover letter to the position and company. Just like your C.V., do not use a blanket letter for every overseas jobs you apply for.
  • Check, check and double check for spelling and grammar errors. Check again. Most recruiters will discard your application if your cover letter (or C.V. for that matter) has errors in it.
  • Provide a succinct overview of the skills and experience you have, matching it carefully to the overseas jobs description.
  • Write e-mail cover letters as meticulously as you would a standard letter.

Small but vital details : not to be overlooked

Question : Many People use a default C.V when applying for local jobs. Should they do the same for overseas jobs, or is it important to tailor the C.V to the specific requirements of the overseas company?

APMC : We would never recommend using a default C.V. for any position, local or international. Always tailor your C.V. to the company you are applying to. Ensure that the details you give are relevant to the skill set, experience and education required for the position as stated on the job description.
Research on the company before you send in your C.V. is essential and need not be time consuming with the availability of information on the internet. When you are putting your C.V. together think about the following:
  • What does the company website tell you?
  • What kind of people are they looking for to work for them?
  • What experience do they request?
  • What is the company mission? How do you fit into that?
  • What is unique about what you offer the company?

Small but vital details : not to be overlooked

Question : What are the main differences between a C.V. for local employment and a C.V for international employment?

APMC : If you are applying for overseas jobs, it is important to consider the local culture and conventions in the foreign country when you are compiling your C.V.

International employers will also be looking for qualities and skills that employers in your native country may not require – foreign languages, diversity and culture awareness, experience in multicultural environments, knowledge of local markets and customs.
It is worth remembering that the mother tongue of the recruitment team may not be English so keep the language simple. The rules of a multi-cultural/lingual office environment are also valid for a C.V. for an international role – do not use complicated, flowery language.
It seems like a little thing but remember to include international dialling codes for telephone contact details and country details for places of employment or education.