Danish Cover Letter Writing Guide
Work in abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, work in Denmark needs more than just the obvious Danish cover letter and Danish CV writing and translation - it requires thorough preparation. You will be forced to solve issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you decided to go for Danish jobs.
Do not undervalue the huge impact the Danish cover letter can have on the effect of your adventure! For instance, you will experience the different immigration rules and practices, job application procedures, the selection trends and the management culture.
Often the Danish cover letter is more important or convincing to employers then the accompanying CV because CVs refer mainly to the past time with exception of your present job. Concentrate on 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, rather than on your past achievements because recruiters and employers are interested in the future of companies and organizations they represent.
The Danish cover letter is an integral part of your job applications. It is common to send a one page typed cover letter with your CV. Most employers expect your CV to be sent together with your cover letter, commonly named a “letter of interest” or a “motivation letter”. Take the time to research every employer's organization and customize your Danish cover letter to fit the position.
Danish is the official language but English is widely spoken and understood. Although the Danes are good at languages, you have to send your cover letter in Danish unless otherwise requested.
Type your Danish cover letter 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 then seven lines, into short easily understandable one.
Type maximum two pages (A4 format) of job cover letter in formal, clear and comprehensible style. Try to grab the employer’s interest with the first paragraph of your letter.
Always try to address your cover letter to an individual. It is considered impersonal to address your letter to “Dear Sir/Madam”. Take the time to research each employer's organization and personalize each letter with "For the attention of Mr/Ms ‘a real person’s name’ ". Such personalization would increase retention of your application.
Begin your Danish cover letter with 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.
Explain what you have done before, why you would like to have the job and why you consider yourself the right candidate for the job. If you have work experience, emphasize your practical experience. By quoting examples, emphasize how you can add value or contribute to the workplace in Denmark.
Close your cover letter formally with a sentence expressing your willingness to come to an interview.
Always include your CV with cover letter, but never attach any official documents, like diplomas or testimonials to your application.
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 Danish cover letter. Use the word processor's spell and grammar checker. If you are not confident of your ability to detect grammatical, punctuation and Danish, English 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 Danish cover letter writing, instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use:
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We hope that your Danish job search has been successful. So, if your Danish cover letter and Danish CV are ready, you may email them to your future employers, apply for Danish visa with Danish work permit and start preparing for a Danish job interview.
Good luck with your Denmark cover letter!