8 tips for the content of your motivation letter
When you are looking for a job, you probably write countless motivation letters. But how do you write a letter that makes an impression and ensures that you are invited for a job interview? And how can you distinguish yourself so that your letter stands out among those 99 others? Read our tips here!
1. Don't summarize your resume
Make sure that your letter is not a summary or repetition of your CV, but rather a nice addition to it. A motivation letter says it all: it serves as motivation for the open position. Think of writing this letter as the perfect opportunity to bring your resume to life.
2. Make it personal
Many people use qualities such as flexible, motivated, enthusiastic and curious in their motivation letter. Unfortunately, that doesn't say much about what makes you so special. Think about which words specifically say something about you. Do you find it difficult to name your qualities? Then ask those around you how they would describe you. This can help you identify original qualities.
3. Make connections
When you have clear for yourself what your qualities are, you can connect them to the job requirements stated in the vacancy. You can also link them to the core values of the organization. This way the reader can see that you are a good fit for the organization and that you have the right qualities for the position. So you 'think' for the reader, as it were. This helps the reader in the decision-making process whether to proceed to the next round.
4. Use Examples
Do not only name your qualities, but also give a number of examples of how you use them. Tell what you have done, which quality(s) you have used and what the result was. That way you make your suitability for the position a lot clearer.
In order to be invited for an interview, you naturally want to convince the reader that you are perfect for the job. Often people then mention activities they enjoy doing and these all appear in the vacancy 'coincidentally'. Make these examples strong and explain why this is so. Here too you can name which qualities or characteristics you use to make these activities a success. Without substantiation, these examples are meaningless.
6. Your ambitions
It is important that you indicate what your ambitions are. This makes it clear to the reader how you would like to develop within the position and within the organization. Describe what you want to learn and how you would like to do it. Then it becomes immediately clear whether your ambitions match the possibilities within the organization. This prevents disappointment for both parties in the future, if it turns out that your ambitions cannot be converted into plans.
7. The organizational culture
The click between your personality and the organizational culture is extremely important. Therefore, try to find out why you are a good fit for the organization in question. So do enough research into the culture of the organization! When you apply for a position where the organization is not (yet) known, describe what kind of culture suits you well. You run the risk that this will ultimately not be a match, but you also avoid possible disappointment once you are at work.
8. The ending of your letter
Use strong sentences to end your letter. Draw a conclusion in 2 or 3 sentences why you are suitable for the position. Or summarize all the previously mentioned information in a short text of a few lines. Here too you can ask your environment what makes you so special and why you are suitable for the position. Also make clear the purpose of your letter. Most likely this is an invitation for an interview, so state this clearly. Avoid sentences that start with "I hope" or "I think." It can seem insecure and it detracts from everything that has been mentioned before. Show that you are convinced of your own qualities and previous experience!
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