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When applying for a job in humanitarian aid, your cover letter will be a key part of your application. Alongside your CV, your cover letter is the main document NGO recruiters use to decide whether to short-list you for an interview. It’s crucial your cover letter shows the NGO recruiter that you’re a strong candidate with the skills needed to do humanitarian work.

This complete guide breaks down the 12 key steps in writing a successful cover letter for a humanitarian job application. Follow these steps in order to get a full breakdown of what you should, and should not, include in your cover letter for a job in humanitarian aid.

Keep Your Cover Letter to One Page

Your cover letter for a humanitarian job needs to capture the NGO recruiter’s attention. Humanitarian work is competitive and NGO recruiters will receive a lot of applications.

Often a recruiter will scan your CV to see if you have the experience and qualifications needed for humanitarian work, before turning to your cover letter. Although your cover letter should expand and explain your CV, it should also be direct and to-the-point as humanitarian work recruiters simply do not spend much time reviewing each application.

Your cover letter as part of an application for a humanitarian job should definitely be less than one page. Aim for 350 to 500 words and write in font size 12. Keep the font clear to read and professional.

A cover letter more than one page, or over 500 words, is simply too long for the humanitarian work recruiter to take time on and may actually mean they skip over your application. A good rule for humanitarian cover letters is actually the shorter the better, as long as you can convey the to the NGO recruiter you are a strong candidate for humanitarian work.

As well as making sure that your humanitarian job application cover letter is less than one page, it is also important to ensure it is professional. Begin the letter with ‘Dear Sir/Madam’ and close it with ‘yours faithfully’ – this is formal letter writing etiquette.

Make sure your cover letter is broken into paragraphs with each covering a specific area of your experience or qualifications for humanitarian work. Definitely make sure you proof read and spell-check your cover letter. If you are not a native English speaker it is good to ask someone who is to read your cover letter over to ensure it is clear and grammatically correct.

Tailor Your Cover Letter

One of the most important things to do when writing a cover letter for a humanitarian job is to tailor the cover letter to the role you are applying for.

Avoid sending a generic cover letter with all your applications. Instead, write a cover letter specific to the role and job advert. Doing this shows the NGO recruiter your knowledge and understanding of the job you’re applying for, as well as allows you to demonstrate exactly why you are qualified for humanitarian work.

Humanitarian work is competitive. You’ll need to send a lot of applications to secure a job, especially if you are early in your career. As you need to write a specific cover letter for each humanitarian role you apply for, this can take a lot of time. To speed it up, create a cover letter template that has sections that can remain the same, such as on your education and training, and sections you can tailor quickly to the job you’re applying for, such as parts on how your professional skills make you a strong candidate for the humanitarian role.

When writing cover letters for jobs in humanitarian aid, be sure to create a system that allows you to tailor your cover letter quickly to the role you are applying for. Do not re-write your cover letter for each application.

Save all the cover letters you send. This means if you are applying for similar humanitarian role you can go back and edit less. Saving time is really the aim when tailoring your cover letter for humanitarian jobs, as the humanitarian industry is competitive and you need to fire off a lot of applications.  

Capture the Recruiters Attention

The next most important aspect of writing a cover letter for a job in humanitarian aid is to instantly capture the NGO recruiter’s attention.

Always remember, recruiters for humanitarian work get a lot of applications, and so only look at each one for a second or two when making a decision to interview. Therefore, your cover letter needs to tell the NGO recruiter right from the outset what makes you the best candidate for the humanitarian job.

After opening the cover letter with a general statement such as ‘Dead Sir/Madam, I wish to apply for the role of…’, state clearly your most important professional experience. This is usually your current or most recent job. Doing this in your cover letter tells the NGO recruiter straight away that you have experience in humanitarian work.

If you are applying for entry-level jobs, put here your recent humanitarian internships , related volunteer experience or educational qualifications.

Once you’ve got the NGO recruiters attention and shown your relevant experience, the next step is to link that experience to the humanitarian role you are applying for. Explain in a few short points how your most recent professional experience makes you a strong candidate for the role. Make sure it links directly to the points in the job description advertised. Keep it strong and to-the-point. This is definitely a section on your cover letter template you will update for each application.

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Expand on Your Experiences

After capturing the NGO recruiter’s attention by opening your cover letter with your most recent and relevant humanitarian work experience, the next step is to expand on your experience further. Do this by highlighting a few other relevant humanitarian jobs you have done that also link to the one you are applying for.

If you have a lot of previous or relevant humanitarian experience, just pick two or three to put here.

As with your opening sentences outlining your most relevant humanitarian experience , when expanding on your work experience you should keep it strong and direct. One or two sentences per position is a good aim, with two or three positions described here maximum. Try and get your opening paragraph to include your most recent/relevant jobs and your additional experiences without making it to long.

You do not need to list all of your professional humanitarian experience in your cover letter. These are listed in your CV. Make sure to have your first cover letter paragraph open with your most relevant experience linked to the job points, and then two or three max additional experiences also linked the job.

If you are new the humanitarian sector, you can either expand more on the experiences you do have or describe how you’re training and education links to the role you’re applying for.

Link to the Exact Job Requirements

As outlined above, its crucial your humanitarian job cover letter relates directly to the job you are applying for. However, avoid repeating the job description. Instead, link your key experiences to the main elements of the job. This should be covered in the first paragraph of your cover letter.

Linking your most relevant experiences to the main job points tells the NGO recruiter straight away you have the relevant humanitarian work skills for the job.

Your cover letter should be less than one page, ideally less than 500 words. This means you need to pick carefully the experiences you describe and which parts of the job you link them to. Start by highlighting what the foundational elements of the job are and then think about which key humanitarian experiences you have that prove your competence at them.

Make sure describing your professional experiences only takes your first paragraph as you need space later to cover other important qualifications and skills.

Remember, your first paragraph is to catch the humanitarian work recruiter’s attention. Make sure you include your most impressive and relevant humanitarian experience. Linking these to the job you’re applying for tells the NGO recruiter you are a strong candidate. Don’t repeat your CV as the NGO recruiter will review that as well.

Use your cover letter to explain why your experiences are relevant to the humanitarian job you’re applying for and how you have experience highly relevant to the humanitarian work you wish to do.

Outline Your Training and Education

After you have used your first paragraph to grab the NGO recruiter’s attention by linking your relevant humanitarian work experiences to the job you’re applying for, next is to move onto outlining your qualifications.

In the next paragraph, begin by explaining how your university qualification is relevant to the job. Give one example and make it broad, but ensure it is linked directly to the job. The example you give will need to be updated for each job you apply for.

Following providing a short sentence on your university qualification on your cover letter and how it will broadly help you be successful at the job you should then move onto to highlight humanitarian trainings you have completed.

Direct and to-the-point is the aim still so do not list all the humanitarian trainings you have done. Describe one or two highly relevant ones and explain how they give you the humanitarian knowledge and skills needed to do the job you are applying for.

As the aim of the cover letter is still to grab the NGO recruiter’s attention you should cover your relevant humanitarian qualifications and trainings in a few sentences.

If you have a relevant humanitarian masters and undergraduate you can link both to the job and be more concise than describing both separately. The same goes for trainings – if you have many relevant trainings write about them generally in your cover letter and list them individually on your CV.

Explain Your Soft Skills

As well as outlining your professional experiences related to the humanitarian industry and your educational qualifications related to aid work in your cover letter, you also need to detail your ‘soft skills’. Soft skills are personal traits such as team work, adaptability, taking initiative and problem solving. Recruiters for humanitarian work need to know candidates have the personal traits needed to be successful on a humanitarian mission.

The soft skills you explain in your humanitarian cover letter should be linked directly to the job you are applying for.

Most humanitarian job descriptions list the competencies required for the role. In your cover letter you should explain briefly how you have the personal traits that align with these competencies. You do not need to explain fully how you developed these competencies, a brief statement such as ‘my previous humanitarian work experience and related university degrees have given me strong skills in…’ should suffice.

Again, remember the key of the cover letter in a humanitarian job application is to expand on your CV, but to remain direct and to-the-point. If you have a lot of experiences that can be related to the humanitarian jobs required competencies, avoid listing these in full but instead either make a more generic statement or highlight a few highly relevant jobs have given you the soft skills needed.

If you are at entry-level, a general statement as to how your internship, volunteering, studies or early roles have given you the humanitarian competencies needed is usually fine.

Highlight Your Computer Skills

It is important in your humanitarian cover letter that you indicate you have the IT skills needed to do the job. Almost all modern jobs require people to be computer literate and the humanitarian industry is no exception.

Including a sentence on your computer abilities in your humanitarian cover letter shows you acknowledge the need for strong IT skills as well as allowing you to show an understanding of what is required in humanitarian work and the specific aid job you are applying for.

Highlighting your computer skills in your humanitarian cover letter can be done in two ways. Firstly, if you know the position requires specific computer programmes, such as in finance or some project management roles, explain how you have used these before successfully.

If the role doesn’t require specific IT software, or it is not clear what programs are used, write more generically and include references to the Ms Office sweet – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, which are required in every humanitarian job.

As the aim of the cover letter for a humanitarian job is to be direct and hold the NGO recruiter’s attention, keep your statement about IT skills to a simple sentence. Ideally, link it directly to the job you are applying for and the outcomes the role will require. If you have used specific software in a previous role you know will be relevant, still highlight this and the successes you had, but make sure that you keep this part of the cover letter to one or two sentences maximum.

Show What the Job Will Do for You

Now that you have highlighted that you are a strong candidate for humanitarian work through linking your professional and educational experiences to the job you’re applying for, as well as your competencies and computer skills relevant to the humanitarian industry, the next stage is to explain why you want the job. This should come later in the cover letter after you have already highlighted that you are a strong candidate for the job.

There are two main things to focus on in your humanitarian cover letter when showing why you want the job.

The first is the specific reasons the role excites you. Pick out a few key elements of the job and honestly explain why they made you apply. The more knowledge you can show of the role the better, but also allow your passion to come through. You can also explain how the humanitarian context where the job is located is important to you.

The second area to focus on in your humanitarian worker cover letter when explaining why you want the job is to describe briefly how the job will build on your current professional experiences and help you towards your career goals. As always, keep this direct and to-the-point, but show the humanitarian work recruiter in your cover letter what this job will do for you.

Again, be honest and show passion so that the NGO recruiter can see you are excited to work in the position as well as the humanitarian context.

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Describe Why You Want to Work for This Organisation

The final part of your humanitarian job application cover letter should describe why you want to work for the NGO you have applied to. Like with outlining why you want the job, leave this until later in the cover letter after you have shown the humanitarian work recruiter you are a strong candidate. This is usually the final sentence in the cover letter and should show the NGO recruiter your knowledge of the humanitarian NGO you want to work for.

A good tip when explaining in your humanitarian cover letter why you want to work for the NGO you have applied to it focus on the programmes the NGO does.  This shows the NGO recruiter you understand the NGO’s humanitarian focus, as well as that you have researched the NGO.

Another tip is to focus on the mission or values of the NGO, often published on their website, and explain in your cover letter why you are passionate about these.

Like when describing why you want the role you have applied for, when outlining why the NGO interests you in your humanitarian job application cover letter keep it brief and direct, but also be honest and show your passion. This is often the last sentence of your cover letter and should leave the NGO recruiter with a strong feeling that you have researched the humanitarian organisation well and are excited to work for them.

Don’t Include Start Date and Salary Expectation

It is definitely not mandatory to include information on when you could start in the new job and what salary you expect in your cover letter, unless the humanitarian NGO you are applying to says this must be included.

Generally, a good tip is to leave this information out of your cover letter unless it is specifically asked for. These kinds of details can be discussed at the interview stage where you have more time to fully explain your position.

If the humanitarian organisation you are applying for directly asks you to include an estimated start date for the job, include this as a short sentence at the end of your cover letter. You can either include a rough date you can start, or state something like ‘available with one months’ notice’ if this is required of your current job.

The only exception to whether you include your start date in your cover letter if the NGO does not ask for it is if you are available immediately. NGO recruitments are often urgent and being able to start work immediately can this can actually help your application.

Unless a humanitarian NGO directly asks you to include your salary expectation in your cover letter, definitely do not include it. Generally, salary negotiations are best done after the job has been offered to you, and providing this information in the cover letter is very rarely going to improve your application.

If the humanitarian NGO does specifically ask for an expected salary, put this at the end of your cover letter in a short one or two sentence paragraphs along with your estimated start date if this is also requested.

Don’t Put a Photograph

As a general rule, do not include a photograph of yourself in your cover letter for a humanitarian job application. Although in some cultures it appears to be more common for people to include a photograph of themselves in their application, often it does not add to the quality of the application and only distracts from the points being made on the strength of the candidate.

Unless the humanitarian NGO specifically asks for a photograph to be included, which is very are, do not put one voluntarily on your cover letter.

If you are asked to include a photograph of yourself in your cover letter for a humanitarian job, or in your country it is very much expected to include a photograph, there are few things to remember.

Firstly, make sure the photograph is well taken and you look professional. Avoid casual photographs or cropping one with multiple people in it. Also, be sure to avoid passport style photographs! Everyone knows – no one looks good is a passport photo!

As said, unless the humanitarian NGO directly requests for a photograph to included in the cover letter, do not put one. A good rule to follow is to not provide more information than the NGO recruiter needs to see you as a strong candidate. A photograph doesn’t tell the NGO recruiter anything about your skills for humanitarian work, your knowledge of the aid sector or passion for the job. Therefore, including a photograph doesn’t help the recruiter select you as a good applicant for a humanitarian job, and so it is best not to include one.  

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Getting your first job

The perfect humanitarian CV and cover letter

Hiring managers from across the aid industry give their advice on what makes a great CV and cover letter. However, they don’t always agree.

There is no shortage of advice on the internet: how to fix a broken washing machine, how to make a crying baby fall sleep, or even how to do a barbell bench press without engaging your anterior deltoids. (Yes, these are the last three things that I Googled for advice.) Unfortunately, not all search engine guidance can be trusted, which explains how I’ve managed to re-injure my deltoid twice in one year.

The untrustworthiness of internet advice also applies to queries about  how to write a humanitarian CV or cover letter . Most of the guidance out there is written by bloggers without inside knowledge the humanitarian sector, and many articles are just fluffed-up generic CV tips masquerading as customised advice for aspiring aid workers , seemingly written by A.I. algorithms.

So what do the people who actually do the hiring for NGOs and the United Nations think should be on your CV and cover letter?

To answer this  question , we  delved into  our humanitarian network to speak with eight program managers and senior specialists – from  across a wide range of technical specialisations – who have personally done extensive  recruitment  in the aid sector.  We asked them: What do they like to see in a CV and cover letter when they are  hiring ?

The good news: the advice below is honest, practical, and comes straight from the people who may actually review your job applications one day. The unfortunate news: many of them disagree on what exactly makes a CV sparkle and a cover letter dance.

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But first, some Insider advice for your CV

Before we dive into what the panel of humanitarian experts thinks, we would like to politely hijack this article to share our own homebrewed Insider recipe for the perfect humanitarian CV. (If you want to skip to what the pros in the field think, you can click here .)

There is a lot of room for flexibility — and even creativity — in how you format your CV, if you keep two key principles in mind. First, be consistent. For example, if you bold your job titles and italicise the organisation names in your work experience section, then do it the same way for each entry. Second, aim for a “classic” (i.e. boring) look. Excessive use of colours or graphics don’t fit the humanitarian aid industry standard. If you must use colour, choose only one.

When choosing how to format your CV, remember that the goal should always be to highlight (metaphorically) the relevant aspects of your skills and experience. If your formatting is a distraction, simplify it.

The formatting in the images below is suggestive only. Feel free to format your CV in a way that expresses your personality, so long as it consistent and easy to read.

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Personal information

This section, which sits at the very top of your CV, should include your name, your location (or full address if you want), a phone number, and email address.  If it’s relevant or advantageous, you can also add your LinkedIn profile, your nationality, or your work permit status in the country you’re applying to. Don’t put your birthday.

While looking chic in the field is serious business for some aid workers, you will be relieved to know that humanitarian hiring processes are not based on appearance. A headshot on your CV is 100% optional. And if you’re unsure, the safe option is probably not to have a photo. (Personally, I have never used a photo on my CV.)

However, if you do choose to have a picture, ensure that the photograph is of professional quality and that you look nice in it.

Due to living conditions in the field , the people hiring you may also live and work with you in very close quarters, so your personality is a weighty consideration. Most humanitarians prefer to work with positive, cheerful people in such tough conditions, so if you have a photo, make sure that it radiates amicable vibes.

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Profile summary

If you don’t have a profile summary section at the top of your CV, you’re potentially missing a golden opportunity. This section is your chance to succintly demonstrate that you meet the minimum requirements of the job.

To make optimum use of this section, take a close look at the key requirements of the job advertisement that you’re applying to (usually they will be toward the bottom of the advert). Usually the requirements will fall into these categories:

  • Years of work experience (e.g. “At least 2 years of relevant experience”)
  • Education level (e.g. “Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred”)
  • Technical knowledge (e.g. WASH, Shelter, etc.)
  • Hard skills (e.g. report writing, project management, etc.)
  • Language skills or country-specific knowledge (e.g. previous work related to the Middle East or fluency in Ukrainian).

Once you understand the requirements, craft your profile summary in a way that clearly demonstrates that you meet as many of these as possible. For example:

Entry-level professional with 1 year of combined humanitarian experience in project reporting for WASH programming in Ethiopia. Native French speaker with fluency in English, and a recent master’s degree graduate in International Development.

With a quick scan of these 2 – 4 lines, a hiring manager should be assured already that you could be a great fit for such a role, and intrigued enough to read the rest of your CV in detail.

If you are transitioning into aid work from another career — and your CV is filled with non-humanitarian experience — your profile summary is also the best place to explain your career change in just a few words. For example: “Experienced supply chain manager with 5 years of experience, now transitioning into the aid sector.”

If you are a recent university graduate, this is also the place to acknowledge that while you may not have any humanitarian experience yet, you are aiming for a career in the sector. For example, “Recent graduate and aspiring aid worker…”

Absolutely do not write generic phrases touting how you are “organized and detail-oriented” or “able to work independently” or “have excellent interpersonal and communication skills”. While these claims may be true, they are tedious to read, impossible to verify, and, well, everyone writes these boilerplate phrases and so they won’t set you apart from other candidates.

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If you earned your higher education degree at a prestigious university, you may be discouraged to learn that where you studied is not a vital consideration in the humanitarian sector.

Whether you earned your degree at Oxford or Tafila Technical University , the only two things that really matter to HR screeners and hiring managers are: what is the highest degree level that you have attained (either a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree), and if your degree is in a “relevant” field of study — which is typically so broad that it doesn’t matter if you studied humanitarian aid, international relations, international development, a foreign language, or most of the social sciences.

Therefore, in the education section of your CV, clearly state each degree level and title. For example, “Master of Arts in International Development”. Of course, you must also include the name and location of the university and your graduation year.

If you are a recent graduate, your education should be at the top of your CV: after your profile summary, but before your work experience. If you’ve already worked for a few years, put your work experience first.  Adding information about your thesis title or the courses that you took is optional, and is only relevant if you are a recent graduate with minimal work experience.

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Work experience

This is the most important part of your CV. When humanitarian hiring managers quickly scan your CV (usually in 1-2 minutes, as you will see below), they want to know what you did in your previous work. Getting it right can make or break your application.

First, you should have between 3-6 bullet points for each work experience, with fewer points for older work experiences. Each bullet point should begin with a verb in the past tense. For example, do not write “I researched…” or “Research…” or “Researching…”. Instead, start the bullet point with “Research ed …”

Second, be specific and quantify your achievements. For example, instead of writing “Organised conferences and events”, you should say, “Organised 3 week-long conferences with over 100 participants from a dozen countries”. Instead of saying that you “Wrote reports”, you should say, “Wrote monthly 5-page progress reports for a variety of projects, and co-wrote the annual 20-page report summarising all the organisation’s field activities and achievements in 2020 and 2021”. Adding these details helps the hiring manager understand the scope and scale of your experience.

Finally, and most importantly, tailor your previous work experience to the job advertisement that you are applying to. You should be adapting the text of the bullet points for each new job applications, even if only slightly. For example, if your previous job called it “grant writing” but the job advertisement calls it “project development”, then use the latter term. If the primary responsibility of the advertised job is managing a team of data enumerators in the field, and if you did something similar in a previous position, then move this bullet point up to the top of that work experience.

As a side note, ensure that any acronyms you use will be understood by the humanitarian hiring manager reading your CV. You — and everyone from your previous job — may know what a “3PL” is, but if it’s not a term in common usage in the aid industry, use the full words instead of an acronym (I still don’t know what a 3PL is but I did see it on a CV once).

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It may surprise you that language skills beyond English (or French in francophone Africa) are not often required for international humanitarian positions. However, they are almost always “preferred”. For example, a job advert might read: “Full working proficiency in English required, knowledge of Arabic preferred”.

You should list your language abilities toward the end of your CV. We recommend that you describe your level of proficiency using both widely understood terms like “beginner” or “intermediate”, and also the appropriate CEFR reference level . For example, “Spanish (native), English (fluent, C2), Russian (beginner, A2)”.

Volunteer experience

When trying to launch a career in humanitarian aid, volunteer work is often the best way to gain experience. If you have volunteered in some relevant way — with your local Red Cross society after a natural disaster, with children or the elderly in your community, or perhaps as part of a student initiative in university — you should include it in your CV. You can either make a separate section for volunteer experiences, or you can include them within the work experience section.

...And insider advice for your cover letter

The depressing reality is that, although cover letters are a requirement for nearly all humanitarian job applications, most of them are never read. Hiring managers are too busy to pore over 150 letters when screening applications, and sometimes the Human Resources unit does not even forward the cover letters to the hiring panel.

However, sometimes cover letters are read, usually at the final shortlisting stage when the hiring manager must whittle her list from ten excellent candidates to a final list of just three or four to interview. At this stage, they already know your skills and experiences from your CV, and they are looking to read new information in your cover letter that will set you apart from the other qualified candidates.

There are two takeaways from this (rather demotivating) information: First, you must ensure that every crumb of important information is on your CV. Leave nothing vital to the cover letter, because it may not be read. Second, if you’re trying to submit an application with a short deadline, focus your energy on your CV. You should always submit a first-rate CV and, if you must, you can submit a second-rate cover letter.

Our cover letter recipe

Do not write a cover letter that is a repeat of your CV in paragraph form. You must be confident that the hiring manager has already read your CV in detail and knows your skills and experience.

Rather, your cover letter should provide new information.  Specifically for entry-level candidates, your motivation is crucial at this point in your career. A convincing explanation of your personal motivations may be the key thing that separates you from other highly qualified entry-level aspiring aid workers.

Therefore, we recommend a cover letter that focuses on your motivations for the role, using a five-paragraph structure like this:

  • Brief introduction (state which position you are applying to, and where you found the advertisement)
  • Your motivation for the sector (why do you want to work in humanitarian aid?)
  • Your motivation for the organization (there are dozens of humanitarian organisations; why do you want to work for  this one?)
  • The skills and added value that you bring to this specific role (identify the 2-3 key requirements for the job and clearly explain how you have all the right qualifications to succeed)
  • Closing (state your willingness to discuss everything further in an interview, and give your soonest availability to start working)

Now, on to the experts

Et voilà. That is our advice. Now, on to the opinions of eight humanitarian program managers and senior specialists who have shared their reflections on what makes a great CV and cover letter in the aid industry:

Just job titles and duty stations

“To be honest, when I’m hiring I never ever read the cover letter. But if I do, and if it’s long, it annoys me [laughs]. I feel like the cover letter should be super to-the-point, only summarising your key experience.

The CV does the majority of the talking. I want a two-page CV maximum, just a few bullet points for each position, and nicely laid out. If it’s creatively formatted then I’m extra attracted to it as that shows initiative and attention to detail.

For me, in the humanitarian sector, the main things that I look at on a CV are the previous job titles and duty stations. This tells me what I need to know very quickly.  For example, if I’m looking for a Health staff in Yemen and I see that an applicant was a Health Officer in Bangladesh previously for one year, I’ll automatically interview them because that experience is super relevant.”

– M. has worked for the United Nations and several large international NGOs for the past ten years in Africa, Central America, and the Middle East.

Do not be a misogynist macho racist

“The key elements for a good CV are the following: clear and short. More than two pages is often a no-go for me. It’s important for me to know clearly the name of the humanitarian donors that they have worked with, as well as some quantifiable information about the sizes of the budgets they have managed (if any), and the number of projects or staff that they managed (if any). Language skills are also important, as I need to know that they will be able to communicate clearly with both headquarters and the country office.

On the cover letter, I really appreciate when candidates give personal and non-generic reasons why they are applying. Use  the cover letter to explain why your career path is coherent so far, and how your diverse experiences are suitable for the specific job that you’re applying to.

For newbies in the humanitarian sector, naive statements about “wanting to make the world a better place” or “dedicating myself to others” are not good looks.  Be very careful on how you refer to beneficiaries. Avoid “white saviorism”. You should be able to show some awareness on topics like de-colonialism, safeguarding, or PSEA [protection against sexual exploitation and abuse].

Basically, do not be a misogynist macho racist (you’d be surprised how often it happens), or that will be the end of your application immediately.”

– P. has worked in humanitarian finance and project management for large NGOs for more than eight years in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Two minutes, two pages

“As a manager, I usually spend between 30 seconds and 2 minutes reviewing a CV, especially when I have hundreds of applications to review. So, it should be eye-catching, clear, and to-the-point. In my opinion, a CV should not be more than two pages – maximum. It should focus on the previous one or two jobs that the candidate had, rather than providing long explanations about all of their previous jobs.

Each previous work experience should clearly state the job title, duration, location, and seniority level. Their education should clearly name the institution, duration, and location. These are the things I look at when I quickly scan a CV.

Believe it or not, I spend more time reading and reviewing cover letters than I do reading CVs, just because I feel it’s more personal. However, I will stop reading a cover letter if it is generic and obviously not written for the specific role that I’m hiring.”

– M. is a senior Shelter and WASH specialist in the Middle East and has been working on both NGO and United Nations sides of the industry for the past nine years.

The more information, the better.

“The things that attract my attention the most on a CV are the descriptions of a person’s past experience. It really helps me to better understand what is their technical background and what are their skills.

People often think that it’s better if they only write key words, short lines, or bullet points on their CVs because it looks simpler. But from my perspective as a humanitarian recruiter, the more information that a person has on their CV, the better.

When candidates understate their experience on their CV and don’t write enough, they risk missing out on job opportunities. When I’m headhunting, I often learn after having phone call with candidates that they actually have far more experience than what they have written on their CV.”

– H. is a humanitarian recruiter and HR specialist working for several United Nations clients in the Middle East.

I don’t have time for an 8-page CV

“For me, a CV or résumé should be something short: two pages maximum if you have a senior profile, one page for a junior profile. Sometimes we receive over 400 applications per position, so I don’t have time to read 8 to 10 pages of detailed descriptions of every previous position that a candidate has held.

Visual formatting is important too. If I can, in one look, get the gist of a candidate’s experience and the main skills the person has, I’m happy. For cover letters, honestly, I don’t always read them. I often find cover letters to be very generic. Not many stand out.

As the head of a department, I focus on the CV and save most of my time for the later steps in the recruitment process like the technical tests and the interviews.”

– C. is a Monitoring and Evaluation specialist who has worked for large humanitarian NGOs in Africa and Europe for the past seven years.

Layout and Aesthetics matter

“The aesthetic of the CV is the first thing that grabs my attention: a nice picture in the corner, stylish fonts for titles, and bullet points to list the information. A small bio paragraph can be included but is not always necessary in my opinion.

The body of the CV should include key words that are compatible to the job advertised. The experience that you list should match the description of the job that you are applying to, and irrelevant experience could be taken off. In short, your CV should be updated and tailored for the position that you are applying for.

Unfortunately, I usually only skim a cover letter if it is too long. Cover letters should be short, precise, and get to the point.”

– A. is a junior humanitarian recruiter hiring for United Nations roles in the Middle East.

Education first

“I only care about cover letters when the job will have a strong writing component so I can get a sense of how the person writes. But I don’t bother matching the content with the CV, nor do I use the cover letter as a way to understand the person’s experience. I find cover letters to be mostly a formality. Sometimes they can say something interesting but I’d never hire someone because of what they wrote in their cover letter.

On a CV for researcher positions, I look first at the person’s education because we research sensitive issues and I want to know what they studied and what degrees they have. Experience also matters a lot. I would never hire someone who has never worked as a researcher before, again because of the sensitivity and complexity of the work.”

– M. is a researcher in conflict and violence, and works in a senior role at a consultancy firm in Africa with international NGO clients.

It's all about relevant transferable skills

“For me the CV is the most important. I mainly look at cover letters after the first selection of candidates is finished, in order to help in the ‘fine-tuning’ of the shortlist.

For CVs, it’s first of all about relevant experience but this does not mean it has to be in the humanitarian sector. For example, a social worker could be a very interesting candidate for a Protection Case Manager position. It’s mostly about transferable skills and I would recommend candidates to draw them out in some detail in their CV.

I would also advise candidates not to send the same the CV to each job you are applying to, but rather to tailor it case-by-case depending on the requirements of each vacancy notice. This shows real interest and shows that you pay attention to detail.  Another aspect I look at is any volunteering, community work, side projects or initiatives that are broadly aligned with the objectives or tasks of the advertised position.

For education, I focus more on the relevance of the subject of the degree, rather than the name and prestige of the university.”

– I. is a Protection specialist working for the United Nations in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East for the past 8 years 

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Examples of cover letters for a humanitarian position

To get a humanitarian position, you need a well-written cover letter that showcases your passion for and dedication to the industry. When writing a cover letter for a humanitarian position, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you’re interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience; ensure they are similar to the job position. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

“Dear Ms. Schneider.

Upon learning of your need for a Humanitarian worker, I am writing you to submit my resume for consideration. As a Humanitarian with 10 years of volunteer experience and a recent recipient of a Master’s degree in Sociology, I believe I have the education and experience necessary to succeed as a Humanitarian worker for your organization.

My professional experience includes 10 years of volunteering for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. While this was not paid work, I think my experience has prepared me well for helping your organization achieve its goals.

Below are some of my achievements and qualifications.

Earned Master’s degree in Sociology from Boston University

Developed and implemented logistical plans for Habitat for Humanity construction projects

Coordinated the efforts of architects, construction professionals and fellow volunteers on several projects

Ordered construction supplies without going over budget

Recruited and trained other volunteers

Although I may not have the experience other candidates have, I have an insatiable desire to help people, and I think that makes me a great candidate. If you would like to grant me an interview, then please contact me at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your consideration.

Lawrence G. Skidmore”

“POSITION: Humanitarian Program Officer

In response to your job opening, please consider my application in your search for the Humanitarian Adviser – CHASE OT. I come with extensive experience in Humanitarian Affairs/project management capacity, while providing support /assistance to vulnerable communities and those at risk, ensuring a protective environment that respects human rights for all, and strengthening the cluster approach, via the Cash for Work Program (CFW) and Utilization of various computer applications such as; MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.

In practical, I utilized my In-depth experience in humanitarian affairs, data collection, management, research and report writing, to ensure all vulnerable communities and those at risk have access to basic services such as: sanitation, education, health facilities and especially water. As a humanitarian staff of Mercy Corps Nigeria, I conduct myself in a way which is acceptable to the community, hence easy acceptability of Mercy Corps to the community.

I have proved to be an independent worker with a reputation as a resourceful problem-solver who uses his initiative and organizational skills to get the job done. Regarded as a competent team member, who is always prepared to go the extra mile, with ability to remain focused and self-directed in a fast paced work environment, while dealing with conflicting demands”

“Humanitarian Affairs Officer Competencies


I am knowledgeable and experienced in the field of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related human rights issues. I gained this experience during my employment first as District Administrator with the Ministry of Local of Government in Zimbabwe where I would coordinator development and drought relief programmes. I also spent a cumulative total of 12 years working for the United Nations World Food Programme in Zimbabwe as well as South Sudan. It was during the tenure with WFP that I gained experience in working under difficult and stressful conditions especially in South Sudan. I was a Programme Officer leading a team that was responsible for providing emergency food aid to war affected areas in the Upper Nile Region in South Sudan. I was responsible for coordinating the programme among different stakeholders such NGOs, INGOs, UN agencies the government among others. This served to unsure that the UN operational procedures and principles such as non-discrimination, do no harm approach gender issues among others where adhered to. I also possess research skills and experience emanating from formal training in Social Research Methods and conducting different assessment as required by the office. I also participated in more than 5 Food Security Assessment Surveys at local and Nationallevel in Zimbabwe.

Communication is very important in humanitarian work as it is way of providing information on implementation of the programme. I was therefore responsible for providing feedback through compiling qualitative and quantitative reports on a regular basis. Sometimes verbal reports were also made when necessary.

My training in conflict resolution enabled me to ensure cooperation and a smooth working environment while the sociology training fosters good working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi ethical environment. I also worked under such conditions in South Sudan.

Finally, I feel that in view of the above mentioned experiences, I possess the necessary competencies for the above mentioned post”

“Dear Ms. Jackie Mack,

I am writing to express my interest in filling the Aid Worker position at New Hope Services, Inc. that is now available.

I have invested twelve years as an Aid Worker during which time I have gained a vast amount of experience and knowledge that I would like to share with your company. I have real compassion for those in need and I fully understand how important it is to be discreet when handling delicate situations.

My work experience, qualifications and skills include:

•A bachelor’s degree in Social Work

•The ability to work on my own or as part of a team•The ability to stay on schedule•Exceptional time management skills•The ability to work well under pressure and in high stressful situations•Excellent organizational skills•The ability to communicate both orally and in writing

I have personal experience responding to and coordination emergency situations in which I:•Developed objectives and monitored the effectiveness of varies programs•Coordinated with government officials and their agencies to help resolve issues•Coordinated and provided support for volunteers during emergency situations•Created reports and proposals for emergency intervention•Made sure all the work was conducted in compliance with the national and International regulations, laws and policies

I believe that I am qualified to fill this position and that my pervious training will aid in the growth of your company as well as my career.

Please call (555)-555-5555 anytime. I look forward to meeting you in person to discuss the position in more detail and what I can contribute to your company.

Your Signature

Mary Holbert

Enclosure: Resume”

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Writing a cover letter for a humanitarian position can be overwhelming. It’s important to make sure that your cover letter stands out among the other applications and accurately reflects your experience and qualifications. To make sure your cover letter contains all the necessary information, this guide provides an overview of what to include and an example of a well-crafted cover letter to help you get started.

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Dear [Recipient],

I am writing to apply for the [position] with [Organization]. I am motivated by my long- standing passion for making a positive impact in the world and am confident that my experience and skills make me an ideal candidate for this role.

I have been working in the humanitarian sector for the past [length of time], with experience in [type of position], primarily in [country/region or sector]. During this time, I have gained an in- depth understanding of the challenges faced in this field and have had the chance to work on projects aimed at making a real and lasting difference in people’s lives.

I am confident that I possess the necessary qualifications and experience to be an effective member of your team. Not only do I have a [qualification/degree] and a [number] of years of experience in the humanitarian field, but I also have extensive knowledge of [topics relevant to the position]. Additionally, I have strong communication and organizational skills, a deep understanding of the issues faced by those in need, as well as the ability to work well in a team or independently.

I am excited by the prospect of working with [Organization] to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. I believe that my experience and dedication make me an excellent candidate for this role and I look forward to hearing from you regarding the next steps.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

[Your Name]

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What should a Humanitarian cover letter include?

A humanitarian cover letter should include information about the applicant’s experience and qualifications, as well as a brief overview of why they are interested in the position and why they are well- suited for the job. It should also include the applicant’s contact information, including an email address, phone number, and physical address.

When writing a humanitarian cover letter, the applicant should focus on their relevant experience in the humanitarian field, including any volunteer work they may have done, or any relevant courses or degrees they may have completed. They should also demonstrate their understanding of the sector and how their skills and abilities could contribute to the organization. Additionally, the applicant should highlight any relevant professional achievements or awards they may have earned.

The applicant should also discuss why they believe they are well- suited to the organization, and why they are passionate about the humanitarian cause that the organization is working towards. This should illustrate how their skills, abilities, and experience can be put to use in the organization.

Finally, the cover letter should conclude by expressing enthusiasm for the position and expressing a desire to be contacted for an interview. Furthermore, the applicant should thank the reader for their time and consideration.

Humanitarian Cover Letter Writing Tips

If you are looking to write a stand- out humanitarian cover letter, these tips can help give you an edge in the job search.

  • Start with a strong opening: Your cover letter should start by introducing yourself and demonstrating why you are the best fit for the position. Focus on unique accomplishments or activities that demonstrate your commitment to humanitarian work.
  • Research the organization: Research the organization you are applying to and incorporate that knowledge into your cover letter. This will show that you are familiar with the company’s values and are invested in making a meaningful contribution to their mission.
  • Highlight your skills: Showcase your skills and experiences that make you the ideal candidate for the job. Focus on qualities that make you an asset to the team, such as strong problem- solving skills, communication abilities, and knowledge of the organization’s mission.
  • Demonstrate your commitment: Demonstrate your commitment to humanitarian work by highlighting any volunteer or humanitarian projects you’ve been involved with in the past. This will show the hiring managers that you are serious about making a difference in the world.
  • End with a call- to- action: End your cover letter with a call- to- action that encourages the hiring manager to reach out and schedule an interview.

By following these tips, you can create a memorable and effective humanitarian cover letter that will make you stand out from the competition. Good luck with your job search!

Common mistakes to avoid when writing Humanitarian Cover letter

Writing a cover letter for a humanitarian job can be a daunting task, however, with the right guidance and preparation, you can make sure that your cover letter is the best it can be. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when writing a humanitarian cover letter:

  • Not considering the organization’s mission and values: Make sure you take some time to research about the organization you’re applying to and tailor your cover letter to match the mission and values of the company. Show that you’re aware of their goals and objectives and can bring value to the organization.
  • Not being concise: It’s important to keep your cover letter concise. Avoid writing long paragraphs and focus on getting the key points across without rambling.
  • Not proofreading: This is an important step that many people overlook. Always, always proofread your cover letter and make sure that there are no typos or grammatical errors.
  • Not tailoring your cover letter: You should make sure that your cover letter is tailored to the job you’re applying for. Don’t make generic statements that could be applied to any job; make sure your experience and qualifications match what the company is looking for.
  • Not including a call to action: At the end of your cover letter, you should include a call to action that encourages the employer to reach out to you for an interview. Make sure you provide your contact information so that it’s easy for the employer to get in touch with you.

Following these tips will help you write a great cover letter for a humanitarian job and will increase your chances of getting an interview. Good luck!

Key takeaways

A cover letter is a document sent with your resume to provide additional information on your skills and experience. Writing a Humanitarian cover letter can be a challenging task, as you need to make sure that your message is clear and concise, while still conveying the passion and dedication that make you a great fit for the role. Here are some key takeaways to help you craft an impressive Humanitarian cover letter:

  • Take the time to research the organization you are applying to. Make sure you understand their mission and values, and demonstrate how your skills and experience align with them.
  • Avoid simply repeating the same information that is included in your resume. Instead, write something unique that shows your knowledge and understanding of the organization and the Humanitarian field.
  • Provide concrete examples of how you have used your skills and experience to benefit people in need.
  • Be concise but comprehensive. Make sure that you provide a clear and concise message, but also make sure that you provide enough detail to give the reader a full understanding of your abilities.
  • End your letter with a request for an interview. Show your enthusiasm for the role and let the reader know that you are interested in meeting with them to discuss the position further.

By following these key takeaways, you can create an impressive Humanitarian cover letter that will help you stand out from the crowd. Good luck!

Frequently Asked Questions do i write a cover letter for an humanitarian job with no experience.

When writing a cover letter for a Humanitarian job with no experience, focus on emphasizing your soft skills and how they can benefit the organization. Describe the skills you’ve gained from other activities such as volunteering, taking courses, or participating in extracurricular activities that may help you succeed in a Humanitarian job. Most importantly, talk about why you are passionate about the cause and how you can contribute to the organization.

2.How do I write a cover letter for an Humanitarian job experience?

When writing a cover letter for a Humanitarian job with experience, it is important to showcase your knowledge and skills related to the organization’s mission. Talk about the projects you have worked on and the impact you have made. Describe your experience and how it has prepared you for the role. Additionally, emphasize the qualities that make you an ideal candidate and highlight your successes.

3.How can I highlight my accomplishments in Humanitarian cover letter?

When highlighting your accomplishments in a Humanitarian cover letter, you should focus on the measurable results and impact that you have made. For example, if you have volunteered for a Humanitarian organization, talk about the number of people you have assisted and how you have improved the organization’s operations. Additionally, if you have taken courses related to Humanitarian work, explain the skills and knowledge you have gained from the experience.

4.What is a good cover letter for an Humanitarian job?

A good cover letter for a Humanitarian job should start by expressing your enthusiasm for the organization’s mission and how your skills, experiences, and interests make you a perfect fit for the role. Talk about the experiences you have had, such as volunteering or taking courses, that have prepared you for the job and how you can add value to the organization. Finally, express your commitment and explain why the organization should hire you.

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7 Basic Tips on Drafting a Cover Letter for a Humanitarian Job

Hunger, sickness, and poverty put a heavy burden on communities around the world. Humanitarians help by providing food, clean water, medicine, and other much-needed resources. These helpers are found in refugee camps, areas affected by natural disasters, and places affected by conflict. Humanitarian careers exist in medicine, logistics, research, administration, advocacy, and more. How do you stand apart from the crowd when applying for a job? Your cover letter is a great opportunity to show a potential employer who you are and why you’re the right fit. Here are seven basic tips that will be helpful to getting started:

Stay focused on the organization’s mission

Before starting your cover letter, make sure you have a thorough understanding of the organization you’re trying to get a job with. Read the mission statements carefully and explore the types of programs the organization has. In your letter, you’ll need to show that you understand and are passionate about the organization’s goals beyond the basic qualifications.

Expand – don’t rehash – your resume

Cover letters are challenging because it can feel like you’re just repeating what’s on your resume. However, a cover letter is your opportunity to go beyond the bullet points. Look at the skills on your resume and expand on them, sharing why they make you the best candidate for the job. Explain how your accomplishments in your previous volunteer/work experience align with the job you’re applying for now.

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Emphasize the most relevant skills and experiences that make you a good fit

As you begin your letter, study the job description closely. Think back on your experiences and skills. How could they be mobilized in this specific job that you want? Highlight your strongest skills and experiences, emphasizing examples of how they make you a good fit. Every cover letter that comes across a hiring manager’s desk will say something to the effect of “I’m qualified, so pick me.” Your letter can stand out by listing specifics.

Show how your skills have translated into success

Job descriptions always have a desired skills section. Things like “excellent written communication” or “organizing and planning” are common. Your cover letter is your chance to show how these skills got results. Anyone can claim they have a certain skill, but what kind of impact did it make in your previous jobs or volunteer experiences? If you were part of a successful team, be sure to highlight that, as well.

Be concise and to the point

As a general rule, cover letters should take up a single page. You aren’t writing an essay, so be as concise and to the point as you can. In your first draft, you might be a little long-winded as you’re getting your thoughts down on a page. Before you send it, you need to trim, trim, and trim again. Stay focused on the most relevant skills and experiences, so you avoid taking up space with generalizations that don’t apply specifically to the job. Choose punchy, direct wording that gets to the core of what you’re trying to say. Put yourself in a hiring manager’s shoes and imagine what they might think. Have you built a strong enough case for yourself in just a few paragraphs?

Give yourself lots of time to write (and proofread)

While cover letters are short, you should give yourself lots of time to draft one. As soon as you see a job you’re interested in, start working on the cover letter. Research the organization, study the job description, and examine how your own experiences and skills make you a good fit. Edit and proofread – your first draft of a cover letter should never be the one you send off. Ask people you know, especially those with similar work or volunteer experiences, to read your letter. This process catches mechanical issues that could dissuade a hiring manager from seriously considering you.

Write a unique cover letter for every job application

Perhaps you already have a cover letter from a previous humanitarian job application. While it may be tempting to use the same letter or just slightly tweak it, we recommend writing unique cover letters for each job. If a job is similar to one you’ve applied to previously, you will use the same skills and experiences to prove your qualifications. However, copying and pasting chunks isn’t the best choice. Refine your writing and think about how to convince this specific organization to hire you. As you write more cover letters, the process becomes smoother and quicker. You are almost guaranteed to receive rejections from jobs you want at some point. Let the disappointment motivate you to improve your cover letter for the next job.

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Humanitarian Cover Letter Example Tips

Whenever a job seeker applies for a Humanitarian role in a new company, he/she must signal their value through multiple mediums. While the Humanitarian resume will be the most well-known part of the Humanitarian job application, but, do consider the Humanitarian cover letter equally important for landing a job. Writing a great Humanitarian cover letter plays an important role in your job search journey.

Many employers no longer ask for cover letters these days, whereas, many employers still ask for cover letters from job seekers. And if you are sending an email to the recruiting team to apply, your email itself acts as a cover letter.

An engaging Humanitarian cover letter can help you grab an employer's attention, which can lead to landing an interview for a job. Before creating a job-winning cover letter that really works for you, you need to know what content and format are to be used. Check out our perfect Humanitarian cover letter example and start creating one for you on our easy to use cover letter builder.

When writing a Humanitarian cover letter, always remember to refer to the requirements listed in the job description of the job you're applying for. Highlight your most relevant or exceptional qualifications to help employers see why you stand out from other candidates and are a perfect fit for the role.

CV Owl's Humanitarian cover letter example will guide you to write a cover letter that best highlights your experience and qualifications. If you're ready to apply for your next role, upload your document on CV Owl for a review service to make sure it doesn't land in the trash.

Here we will discuss what a cover letter is, how to write a cover letter, why it matters for your job search, and what its structure should look like.

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A cover letter is a narrative about who you are and why the recruiter should invest time in evaluating you, rather investing in other candidates. You need to showcase that you're the right fit for that specific job opening. It's important to always remember that the role of the cover letter is to share a narrative which is completely different from a resume for your job application.

Whereas, the Humanitarian resume should highlight all your quantitative values where you need to prove your worth through concrete numbers. Your Humanitarian cover letter should be different from your resume where you need to demonstrate a story about yourself in a way that your resume will never be able to do so. Alternatively, students who study web development can ask for Python assignment help at AssignmentCore whose experts handle various projects in Python language.

Your resume acts as a demo video for employers, which includes quick hits and stats on why you are the best solution whereas your cover letter acts like a customer testimonial white paper. Make it sound like an in-depth discussion with a couple of concrete and impactful experiences that bring you to life as a human being.

Check out professional cover letter templates at CV Owl's cover letter directory and you can use those templates for free for creating your Humanitarian cover letter using our professional cover letter builder.

Must Read: How to Get Your Cover Letter Noticed by Employers

The cover letter is kind of a test for you. It tests to see whether you can craft a compelling narrative about yourself. By testing your cover letter writing abilities, the company is trying to assess whether or not you would be able to craft compelling narratives on behalf of that company in the future.

Many companies will let you optionally attach a cover letter along with your application. If you take this as a challenge for yourself and do so, it will showcase your firm commitment to the company, and allows you to tell a story about yourself as a leader and as a collaborator. A solid cover letter will leave a long-lasting impression in the recruiters mind and will help make you stand out from other candidates.

And here's the most important reason of all: the process involved is more important than the output. When you get into the cover letter writing process, you're compelled to figure out the story about yourself, and how you are the best solution for the company's pain.

You're advised to conduct pre-interview research about the company so that you know exactly what you're meant to tackle, and you know exactly how to position yourself throughout the interview. Once you've written your Humanitarian cover letter, you'll have a mental reference point about how you want to talk about yourself across all of your interviews, and that's incredibly valuable!

Must Read: Things you need to know before start writing a Cover Letter

Structure of the Humanitarian cover letter

The most effective and impact making cover letters consists of three core parts.

The first part is the introduction. The first paragraph should include the following key details: which company you're applying to, what role you're applying to, and a summary of how you will add value to the company.

Many cover letters fail to mention either the job title or the name of the company. This provides a clear indication to the employer that you're using the same cover letter for many companies, which further indicates that you aren't serious enough or you don't care enough about making a good impression. If this is the case, it's better to not write a cover letter at all! And, always make sure you're sending the right cover letter to the right company.

Most of the time, applicants take advantage of cover letter examples or cover letter samples , and forget to clean it up. You need to ensure that you've put in all the hard work in personalization of your cover letter - be professional!

It shouldn't really be about you - rather, it should be about how you're excited about what the company is doing, and about how you're the perfect fit to solve their needs. And if you feel that you can't directly address the job requirements on the company website, you may need to consider applying for a different role instead.

The second part is the narrative. The second paragraph includes your story where you tell about yourself, and where you showcase that your past experiences have made you capable enough to be the best suited candidate available for that specific position.

Use it to address questions that might come up in an interview, such as “what was your proudest moment”, “how did you overcome failure”, and “tell us about a time when you took an initiative from start to end successfully.”

Always remember to customize your cover letter to the specific employer and the specific role that you're applying for rather than using a standard one for all which lands in the bin.

Finally, the last part is the conclusion. In the last & closing paragraph, summarize what value addition you'll bring to the company and why you're the perfect fit for the specific role. Express your excitement about being a part of the team in the near future. Remind them that they should reach out to you to schedule an interview so that they can learn more about how you're the best person to solve their problems.

With a cover letter created with the above structure, you're definitely gonna leave a solid impression that will grab the attention of hiring managers which significantly increases your chances of getting a job interview.

Must Read: Tips for Customizing your Cover Letter

Before you write a single word of your cover letter, you must first prepare your thoughts and pen down on a blank paper.

Ask questions to yourself like: What are your strengths? Where do you stand as a Humanitarian? Which of your work experiences is the best so far for the companies you've worked with?

Similarly, conduct research on the company . What is their product, their competitors, their mission, and what is their culture? What problem statement are they trying to solve with the Humanitarian role that you're applying to?

So now you must be having 2 stories - one for you and the other of the company. Write down both the stories on a paper. Review your two stories and your pre-interview research, and use that to hammer out your introduction and your conclusion. !

Now bring the whole thing down to a single page eliminating all the unnecessary and unrequired stuff. When the hiring managers assess your cover letter or your resume, they do not evaluate you on the basis of your sum of your experiences but on the average of your experiences. Hence, try to eliminate or cut out every single irrelevant word you've put in as it's gonna bring down the averages of your experience.

One of the simple ways to make sure that your cover letter stands out from the numerous other candidates' cover letters is to personalize your cover letter which helps you grab the hiring manager's attention. Express your enthusiasm about the job showcasing why you're the perfect fit for that specific role and how excited you are to be the part of the team.

Make use of the job description to which you are applying for which will help you to write a cover letter that clearly demonstrates how your skills, experience, or background make you the best available candidate to be a Humanitarian for the company. You should demonstrate exactly how much you are interested in the organization and the position, showing that you are able to meet the needs of the company.

Don't forget to learn about the organization. Take some time out to peruse the company's website and learn their values, mission, and then incorporate that information in your cover letter. Let the recruiters know how you came across this position and detail how your ideals are in line with the organization's goals and how your plans for your career can benefit their objectives.

Always make sure you only focus on the skills in the cover letter which the organisation demands and have highlighted in their job description. Specifically, the ones that are listed as being required separately, do not forget to put them in. Give a brief on these skills by offering concrete examples of how you are using or have used them with any success story(if any).

Proofreading & Iterating - Once you're finished writing your cover letter, edit your cover letter and ask for the feedback from your friend or of you have any consultant/mentor, and repeat this process until you and your reviewer agree and are satisfied that you are the best fit for the job from all other candidates that are applying. Learn to use grammarly .

Key points to remember - don't worry too much about the salutation or the greeting. It doesn't matter whether you use "dear sir or madam" or "dear hiring manager" or "to whomsoever it may concern" - the ultimate goal is to demonstrate that you're the stand out candidate out of everyone who's applying for that job posting. Just focus on the core value that you're bringing to the company! If you experience difficulty in composing your cover letter professionally, you can hire an essay writer at CustomWritings to have your cover letter or job application paper written from scratch.

Must Read: Things to remember while sending a Cover Letter

Even with a use of a cover letter sample or template, sometimes it can get even more trickier to make a perfect cover letter. Below listed are some tips to keep in mind when writing your Humanitarian cover letter.

  • Use a proper cover letter format (one-inch margins, line spacing of 1.15, and an 11pt or 12pt classic font).
  • Always have an attractive yet professional cover letter header.
  • Show you're the best for the position and explain why you want to be part of the company and the value you will bring.
  • Always remember to provide your contact information (e.g. phone number and email address), and if possible add a link to your LinkedIn profile which brings more professionalism.
  • Do not add or share other social media links such as Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
  • Always proofread your cover letter before sharing with hiring managers. Double check for any typos or grammatical errors. Spell check is your best friend here! Use grammarly!

Make note of these key points and remember that you're selling yourself to not only the hiring manager but also the company.

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Your Humanitarian cover letter is an opportunity for you to tell your story, without being stuck in the formatting constraints of the Humanitarian resume. Make use of this chance and let the hiring managers know why you're the best fit for the role!

Start with an attention grabbing introduction, followed by your key narratives as you were answering an interview question . Make sure that your key narratives focus on the pain of the company and how you can take them out of it. Conclude with a conclusion summarizing your value proposition and expresses your excitement about the role.

Notice how your cover letter answers multiple Humanitarian interview questions. It should answer the questions “tell me about yourself,” “what are your strengths”, “tell me about a time when you led an initiative”, and “tell me about a time when you overcame a challenge.” If you know how to write a good cover letter , you know how to crack a solid portion of the interview process too!

As you write more and more cover letters, you'll find that you've become better at positioning yourself as a product.

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