What is the difference between a motivation and a cover letter?
The motivation letter is a letter of introduction attached to, or accompanying another document such as your curriculum vitae. It is usually used when applying for something e.g. for acceptance to a university, to a student programme, to a non-profit organization for voluntary work etc. You have to explain why you are interested in the specific activity, your motives, why you want to study or attend the programme, why you choose the specific university or programme etc.
The cover letter is used when you apply for a job. It is a document by which you introduce yourself to the employer and express your interest in the job vacancy. You send both a cover letter and your detailed CV. In the cover letter, you must state clearly the position you are applying for and explain why your profile matches the position. To put it simply, it must answer the question ‘’Why you?’’
The cover letter should highlight you relevant skills and experience relative to the position. Take the chance to say things that cannot be expressed through your CV.
There are generally three types of cover letters:
The application letter – which is in response to a published job opening;
The prospecting letter – which inquires about a possible position in a company;
The networking letter – this letter is asking for assistance in your job search from a contact you were given.
The main purpose of a cover /motivation letter is to show that you are the most suitable candidate for the given position. A motivation letter/ cover letter is your “First Impression”.
Which cover letter template to choose? You can start with any template since once you start writing, the design of the template can be easily switched from the menu.