WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A COVERING LETTER?
This is the first thing a recruiter reads about an application. Being a determining factor, it must be clear so that it is not confused with a job application.
The covering letter supports and complements your CV, is factual and concise. It highlights certain aspects of your application. It is vital for three reasons:
- Courtesy. It is common practice to enclose a letter when sending a document, CV or other.
- Effectiveness. Ideally, it should be sent to a specific person by name. You have more chance of having your application read than if you write to the “Internship Manager”.
- Interest. In your letter, you can clearly explain your reasons (motivation, requirements) for your application and you can provide clarifications about the internship (response to an offer or spontaneous application, start date, duration and so on).