How to write a motivation letter?These guidelines aim to help you write your motivation letter. However, keep in mind that there are no perfect templates or instructions, therefore these general tips and hints are mainly a starting point just to help you write a good motivation letter, increasing your chances of getting accepted!
Where to start?
- Before applying, you should read the information on the webpage very carefully. What will be the job like? What type of participants are the HR people looking for?
- Companies receive hundreds of applications a week! Can you imagine reading all those different motivation letters? If you want your letter to stand out, then try to be creative, polite and professional to capture the attention of your reader.
- Needless to say, the letter must be written in English.
What to write about?
- Something about yourself - what you study, what you do in your life, what your hobbies are, sports you do, maybe even what languages you speak...
- Why do you want to apply for this job? Why is the topic attractive? How will the knowledge you gain there help you (in your studies, in your future career...)?
- What do you have to offer to the company? In other words, why should the HR people pick YOU?
- Sometimes, it is required to tell the HR people that you have a sufficient knowledge. Read the application information on the site carefully in order to find out this sort of information.
What not to do?
- A motivation letter is NOT a curriculum vitae (CV). Don't bother enlisting all the schools you've attended, your grades, the jobs you've done... You aren't allowed to insert pictures or links in your motivation letter.
- Be careful, and send the appropriate letter to the appropriate place (don't mix them if you apply for more than one job!).
- Copy-pasting motivation letters isn't very recommended. You should aim to make each motivation letter personal and unique!
- Don't make the letter too long! Half to one A4 page is good, and should be enough for the HR people to get to know you. If the letter is longer than a A4, there is a chance they are not going to read all of it. On they other hand, if it's too short they will think that you are not interested enough in the job! So try to keep the balance.
- Avoid submitting your applications at the very last minute, in order to prevent system crashes.
These are just some general hints - take the ones you want, ignore the ones you don't like, but in any case, use your own imagination and style and be creative!
Homework: Read & Write! Write your ML!