The main purpose of the Cover Letter is like the CV to market
yourself and your abilities and thereby obtain a personal
In your CV you have provided the company with all the relevant
information they need to know about you. The Cover Letter
should focus on saying why you are applying for that particular
job and to draw attention to one or two key points, which
show you are suited for the job and that you can make a significant
contribution to the company.
Like your CV your Cover Letter should be written in Spanish
if you are applying for a job in Spain. It is important that
you get someone to correct the letter for spelling mistakes
and grammatical errors (particularly if you first language
is not Spanish). If you need help correcting or writing a
Spanish CV or Cover Letter see STG
Do always try to address the letter to a specific person.
If you don't know the name call the company to find out to
who you should send your application to.
As the CV it is also important that you tailor the Cover
Letter directly to the job you are applying for. It is easy
for an employer who are used to go through hundreds of enquiries
to see whether you have taken the time to write a tailored
Cover Letter or if you have just send out a standard letter
What to Include / Format
A Cover Letter should always be in one page (A4 format). Try
to keep the same format as in your CV (text (size and founts),
paper quality and margins).
Start the Letter with your Personal Information (name, address
and phone number) in the top corner and then include the address
of the company to which you are applying 2 lines below.
Write directly to the person responsible for the application.
(i.e. Estimado Señor Fernández).
A Cover Letter normally includes 4 paragraphs.
In the first paragraph
In the first paragraph you should make a reference to the
advert and an introduction of your interest in both the company
and the job you are applying for. If you are applying without
an advert focus on your interest in the company and a possible
position within the company.
The second paragraph
The second paragraph should focus on why you with your knowledge
are suited for the job and how you can make a significant
contribution to the company. Don't copy your CV but try to
focus on how you with the experience shown in your CV are
the best person for the job.
The third paragraph
In this paragraph you make yourself available for a job interview.
This can be done by referring to the possibility of discussing
your CV or professional experience in further detail.
The fourth paragraph
This is the end paragraph and only includes a few words like
(Sin otro particular, se despide atentamente Or Con la certeza
de recibir pronto noticias suyas)
Remember to always sign the letter and include date and location.