Although the technological era makes the companies ask for computer written letters more and more, there will always be those who try to discover “hidden” features through these lines.
If your future employer has asked you to write your letter by hand, you must write it at the right moment. Take your time; do not write if you are hurried or tired. The letter must be clear. There´s no need to have a perfect calligraphy, it is enough if it´s neat and easy to read.
Structure and writing
Both, in manuscript letters and in the computer, the coherence in the text is very important, as well as the structure in which it´s organized. In your letter you must explain shortly your qualities and why you think you are trained for the job you are applying to.
If you write too much, repeating what´s already specified in you Curriculum Vitae, then your letter won´t be taken into account. You must focus on the items that need extra information that could appear interesting for the interviewer.
Another common error is the mess in the structure of the letter. The letter has to be short and clear and has to be organized, basically, in three parts: introduction (presentation, position applied, where did you read the offer, etc.), important information (work experience, skills, goals, etc.) and greeting (asking for an interview and final greeting).
If we don´t know how to organize the information, it is convenient to use another letter as a guide.
We must include contact data in the letter in order to be contacted easily by the interviewer, without having to come back to the CV. Complete name, address, telephone number and e-mail have to be in the letter. If they don´t, it is possible that our letter will end up being eliminated.
It´s advisable to have the advertisement with the offer so we can answer step by step all the requirements asked to the applicants. The interviewer needs to verify that we comply with the requirements.