Italian Cover Letter Writing Guide
Work abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, work in Italy needs more than just the obvious Italian cover letter and Italian CV writing and translation - it requires careful preparation. You will face issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you decided to apply for Italian jobs.
Do not take to lightly the big influence the Italian cover letter can have on the results of your adventure! For instance, you will experience the different immigration rules and practices, odd job application procedures, unusual selection trends and new management culture.
When applying for a job in Italy, you may use either Italian or English language, depending on the company and your fluency. Stick to one language once chosen. However, not knowing the Italian language will put you at real disadvantage from the local job seekers. The basic knowledge of Italian is considered necessary to cope with daily office life and life outside work.
Under most circumstances, an Italian cover letter is used as an introduction and should accompany your CV, whether e-mailed, posted on a job site, mailed or hand delivered to an employer.
An Italian cover letter is an integral part of your job application. It should refer to your present and future plans, showing your prospective employers what you want to do now and what you will do for them in the future.
On typed, maximum one page conventional and formal cover letter, explain briefly, why you are interested in the job and the company, but leave the full explanation about your motivation until the interview when it can be given orally.
Stay away from use of anonymous addresses such as “Dear Sir/Madam” or “To whom it may concern”. Take the time to research every employer's organization and customize your Italian cover letter to fit the position. Whenever possible, address your letter to a specific person. Such personalization would increase retention of your application.
In a cover letter, list your name, nationality and contact information including your address, phone/fax and e-mail. Often cover letters and CVs are kept on file for long periods, so any contact details you give have to remain accurate in the long term. A daytime phone number with international access code and e-mail address are most important.
Write in a short and professional style using power words and action verbs. Usually it contains three or four paragraphs. Be concise and get to the point as quickly as possible. Break any paragraph, which is longer than seven lines, into short easily understandable one.
Finish your cover letter formally with a sentence expressing your willingness to come to an interview.
Copies of diplomas and references should not be sent together with your application letter and CV, but should be brought to the first interview.
The recruitment process tends to be long, up to three months, so check carefully what kind of delay to expect for a response.
Some large multinational companies use their own application forms instead of personal cover letters and CVs. Pay attention to the open questions that try to establish your social and transferable skills. Never leave any blank spaces.
Check the spelling and grammar of your Italian cover letter. Use the word processor's spell and grammar checker. If you are not confident of your ability to detect grammatical, punctuation and English, Italian or other language usage errors or if you need help in organizing your cover letter, send it to a professional for assistance.
If you have a difficulty with your Italian cover letter writing, instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use:
Other Italian Cover Letter Info
We hope that your Italian job search has been successful. So, if your Italian cover letter and Italian CV are ready, you may email them to your future employers, apply for Italian visa with Italian work permit and start preparing for an Italian job interview.
In addition, on the international info, job search, cover letter, visa & work permit, job interview and dress code pages you will find many useful tips for overseas job seekers.
Good luck with your Italy cover letter!
Reading cover letter samples is a great way to learn how to write a good one for your job search. That's why I invited readers to post their best cover letters — so that we all learn what works... and what doesn't.
Sharing Cover Letter Samples
I've written lots of articles on how to write a cover letter. In this article, instead of me doing all the talking, I suggested we put our heads together to come up with cover letter samples that help each other right here on the website.
I asked readers to post your letters (below in the comments section) and tell us why they thought their letters were good. If they had questions, they could ask. Then, someone in the group would give his or her two cents. The goal was to have a nice give-and-take.
As you see, it worked pretty well. The sample cover letters that folks submitted (below) are filled with ideas (some good, some not so good) and the comments, I hope, are useful in learning how to write a good letter.
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The Best of the Best Cover Letters
If you're short on time and can't read through them all, you can skip to this list of the best of the cover letters that were sent in. Some of them are really good, so don't miss them.
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