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Tips for Academic Cover Letters for Job Applications

Tips-for-Academic-Cover-Letters-for-Job-ApplicationsAcademic writing starts from essays and assignments and graduates to personal statements and dissertations. However, there is still academic writing or writing in general after these. It is writing the academic cover letter. It has similarities with the personal statement or college admission essay because it is about telling about yourself and why you deserve the spot for which you are applying.


Just like the personal statement is for the resume or bio-data, the academic cover letter is to the curriculum vitae which is also like the resume. However, the latter is allowed to be longer. And further, as it is warned that one should avoid making the personal statement a retelling of the bio-data in the university or college application, the same is true with the academic cover letter and the resume. Selectors have already browsed your CV and it will be unpleasant for them to see the same information in your cover letter even if it is in a different form which is prose.


You can apply the principles of writing an effective essay that many essay services suggest when writing your cover letter. In this task, you can set the goal of giving an answer to a question. Such answer should be coherent and based on evidence, just like an essay. And the question here is “Why would you be an excellent hire for the position?”

Introduce Yourself

First, start with introducing yourself in a clear manner. You want to make a good impression at the beginning. This way, you will stand out and you will make it to the final candidates. Start with stating your current job and affiliation. Then, you can proceed with telling what field of research you are in and what main contribution you have in it. Further, explain why you are most suitable for the post for which you are applying.

Cite Facts

Selling one’s self is generally accepted in it comes to job applications. However, this can lead you to sound boastful, assertive or arrogant. So that you can sell yourself but still appear modest, you should use facts and focus on them as evidence. Avoid merely making bold claims and telling your readers to trust you based on what you say. Rather, relate your experiences and achievements in a manner which is matter-of-factly and state the details pertaining to them. Use figures. Also, do not use the descriptions of the job. Application screeners already know them. Instead, jump to telling why you have such descriptions and use evidence in doing so.


Never include everything in your cover letter. Choose the best and most suitable qualifications and achievements and focus on them. Doing this will show screeners that you are smart enough to tell the difference between what are important and what are less. Further, putting in all information regarding yourself will cause your letter to appear plain, overly demanding time and, thus, fail on your goal of getting the attention of the screeners, showing them that you are the most suitable for the job and standing out among the rest.

Posted on January 10, 2014

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