5 Mistakes To Avoid When Writing A Motivational Letter For A Learnership

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For many, the idea of writing a motivational letter for a learnership position can be intimidating in a way. Writing a letter that stands out when applying for a learnership can be a challenging task, but knowing what to include, as well as five common mistakes to avoid, can help make it easier and give you a better chance of securing that position! 


Writing a motivational letter for a learnership can be a difficult process, but if you're applying for a position you really want, you need to ensure that your letter stands out from the crowd to avoid getting lost in the pile.

Here are five simple mistakes to avoid if you want to give yourself the best chance of being selected.

Using the wrong template

You should always make sure you are using the correct template when drafting your learnership motivational letter. Don't just search Google, use templates that have been specifically made for learnership applications and include all the information needed to stand out from other applicants.

Avoid templates that are too generic and don’t include clear details about why your experience qualifies you for the specific position. The format of your letter is also essential. Ensure that your letter is easy to read, flows logically and use clear and concise language. 

Not selling yourself strategically

One of the most common mistakes applicants make is not selling themselves strategically in their motivational letters. You should show why you would make a valuable addition to the organisation and how you could contribute to their success.

Don’t just make a list of what you have achieved in the past; focus on your transferable skills and how they can be used to achieve success in the learnership position. Mention your skills and achievements but also include how you will use them and how they will be beneficial to the company. 

Not focussing on the requirements for the learnership

It is important to address the requirements for the learnership in your motivational letter as this shows how well you understand the position and that you have what it takes to do it.

Include examples of how you meet each requirement and highlight key skills or experiences that make you an ideal candidate for the role. This allows recruiters to quickly see why you are a good fit for the position. Also have information that will show you qualified as well as make your stand out from your competitors. 

Missing why you are well-suited for it

When writing your motivational letter, one of the most important points to get across is why you are qualified for the learnership. You must make sure that you are explaining why your skills and experience make you a good fit for it.

Explain how your knowledge and competencies would allow you to perform effectively in the role and what goals you can help the company or organisation to achieve. The organisation you are writing to must know that you are familiar with who they are and what they are about, as well as that you have met the necessary requirements.

Many people will apply for any learnership position that they can find, without really wanting the position or knowing much about it, so show the reader that you have done your research so that you stand out. 

Not personalising your motivational letter

When applying for a learnership, your motivational letter should be completely unique and tailored to the specific offer as well as to you as an applicant. Don’t send out a template you found on Google without adjusting it so that it’s suitable for the organisation you are applying to.

Also be sure to not send out generic letters as they won’t make an impact and they’ll simply get lost in the pile. Personalise it by bringing in relevant achievements or experiences that are specifically related to the role you are applying for to show the employer why you would be a great asset to their organisation.

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