How to write a “Letter of Motivation”

How to write a “Letter of Motivation”, you can also write a cover letter for employment. Make sure to include relevant details of job post that you are applying for.

“Letter of motivation” seems to be a literal translation of the French “lettre de motivation”. In the English-speaking world, the document is called a cover letter. Remember that it is a letter, so the layout must be correct: Here are some tips to keep in mind when writing a cover letter.

• A “letter of motivation” or cover letter (CL) is your opportunity to “sell” yourself, i.e. convince the institution or company that they need to have you. Do not be modest: when applying for a job, explain clearly why you think you are suited for the position.

• The goal of a CL is to provide a picture of your background and goals that will persuade the admission committee to accept you.

• Recruiters expect you to show that what you have matches what they want. Remember, this is a question of interpretation, and the secret of writing a good CL lies in using your qualifications and experience to show that you are the best person for the position. (This means, of course, that you need to modify your CL for each position you are applying for. The same goes for your CV, of course.)

• Beyond the particular skills required by each program, a CL should show you to be a clear-headed person, capable of thinking clearly, and a motivated, active learner. Write in a clear and logical manner: remember, the way you write and present yourself says a lot about you.

• Before writing the first draft, take some time to think about yourself, your goals and your skills. Think about your background, what and where you have studied, and how all that makes you suitable for the program/position. Put this in to the first part of the CL.

• Continue in the second section with your professional goals, explaining the connection between them and your studies. Present your long-term plans, and say how the program you are applying for will help you achieve those goals. Make clear why your background makes you suitable for the program, and how the program will help you achieve your long-term goals. In this section also explain why precisely that university etc. is your choice – the courses, faculty, research interests are possible reasons. In conclusion, state how you can contribute to the program.

• You need to take time. Expect to revise your letter up to 10 times (no exaggeration!) before you come up with a good CL. One strategy is, let it rest after you have written a new draft for a few days, and read it again, in order to get a more objective view. And have it checked by as many other people as possible! To do this, of course, means you must start the process early.

• And don’t just copy what you have said in the other documents that you submit, but try to add to them. Answer the essay/statement question, if you have one – it usually will be something like “Why are you the right person for this program?”.

Writing the motivation letter is an important step in the application procedure – it is the basis on which the organising groups select their participants! There’s no are perfect templates or instructions on how to write your motivation letter for a BEST courses – every student is unique, and this should be reflected in this letter! However, there are some general tips and hints that might be useful, and might help you in getting accepted more easily!
First of all – when writing a motivation letter, do keep in mind that it is going to be read by students, just like you. They get many applications from which they have to choose – and the only tool they have to choose is the student’s motivation letters. It might be that the organisers have to read a few hundred motivation letters, so to attract their attention, try to be creative and funny.

So do not write a formal letter, do not start it with “Dear Madam or Sir”, and importantly, do not make it look like a CV – do not state all the schools you visited, all the jobs you did during your life, etc.. write an interesting letter in prose style!

In general, your motivation letter should focus on the following parts:
• Something about yourself – what you study, what you do in your life , what are your hobbies, sports you do, maybe what languages you speak…

BEST courses are always a lot of fun, so the organisers should know that you are a funny person!
• Why you want to go to abroad, and why do you want to go to a BEST summer/winter/spring course!

It is important for the organisers to have internationally minded, open persons – the course does not consist only of the academic program!

• Why you want to go to especially this event you’re applying for: why is the topic attractive, why might the knowledge you can gain there help you (in your studies, in your future career) – the event does neither consist of only the social part, so let the organisers know that you are interested in the course as well!!!

• Sometimes, it is needed to tell the organisers that you have a sufficient knowledge of the topic – so let them know that and how you do! To find out what is expected – read the course information on the web pages carefully, as probably there are some hints telling you which kind of participant are expected to apply!

• Be careful, and send the appropriate letter to the appropriate place (don’t mix them if you apply to more than one course!)

• Don’t let the letter be too short or too long – One, or half of an A4 page, is just enough to get the organisers to notice you. If the letter is too long, they might not want to read it, but if it’s too short, they will think that you are not interested enough in the course!
• Of course, the letter has to be written in English

These are just some general hints – take the ones you want, leave the ones you don’t like, but in any case, add your own imagination and style, be creative, and you’ll have your motivation letter to go on a BEST course

Letter of Motivation
I completed my undergraduate program in Applied Physics & Electronic Engineering form University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. The emphasis of my study was to understand the fundamental electronic principles. In this previous education, I’ve learned about the most important electronic principles that are used in nowadays technology. I intend to pursue my higher study in any renowned Institute abroad. Blekinge Institute of Technology is one of such Institute that ensures the high standard of education. There is an ample scope to prove one’s ability, competence and intelligence in Blekinge Institute of Technology.
The Electrical Engineering with emphasis on Telecommunication /Internet systems/Signal processing department of Blekinge Institute of Technology best suites me because it offers many courses that are specifically related to areas of my interest. Conducting Post Graduation studies and research within the Science group would improve and increase my knowledge and practical experience, especially because I have very little research possibilities in my country. It will be my privilege to work, develop Post Graduation thesis and learn from professors with grate experience in theory and practice.
Basically, Bangladesh is not a highly developed country. The higher study is not able to compete with the present world status. I intend to study in Blekinge Institute of Technology for gathering the high standard of technical knowledge so that I can contribute to the country development. We have to face the challenges of 21st century. We are passing a crucial time and competing with the global fellow in every respect. It is not wise to waste a single moment to prepare to meet the upcoming global challenges. I have gone through your institute website and gathered knowledge about your teaching patterns. I have an ardent desire to your teaching pattern. The achieved study patterns and methods provided by the Blekinge Institute of Technology, undoubtedly the knowledge will help me to develop my previous academic standard of the Department of Applied Physics & Electronic Engineering, University of Rajshahi.
I also realise more and more that there is big gap between theory and practical. I hope this department is a useful addition to my current education that I can use for my later professional career. This department will definitely increase my opportunities to get a good job. To further my career aspirations of becoming part of an engineering section, I want to obtain a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering with emphasis on Telecommunication/Internet systems/Signal processing. Having this knowledge will allow me to better understand technical principles. With all the uncertainty and changes in with technological, I believe that technology must have a solid understanding, supported by a strong academic foundation, of how to guide companies through these challenging times.

No education is complete without experience. Armed with a solid understanding of academic principles, I can begin my career where I will add to my experience. Because I will be well versed in the theory, I will be able to adapt and modify the theoretical constructs as required in order to meet my company’s needs. I fully recognise that our technological environments are constantly changing, and thus management needs to be able to adapt quickly and accurately to the new conditions if the company is to survive, let alone prosper. I believe obtaining a Master’s Degree will provide the necessary background for me to be to anticipate and react to ever-changing environments. It is my pleasure, if I can engage my all labour and ability to achieve knowledge from your Institute. I am confident enough that I could be able to accomplish higher study in the proposed field that will contributes to my future professional interest as well as to the society as a whole.

I firmly believe that if I could get a chance to cultivate my potentiality in Blekinge Institute of Technology that will definitely satisfy my thirst for higher study and it’s a unique opportunity for me to get such kind of offer from an advanced country like Sweden.
I look forward to launching my new career.


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