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Cover Letter

A covering letter is important when sending a CV. It is more intended to demonstrate your writing style and add personality as a CV is more brief and factual. In your Cover letter, you should point out to the employer the qualities that you have for the job you are applying for and convey your suitability.

How a Cover Letter should be structured.

  • In the first paragraph you should state the job you're applying for and where you found out about the vacancy. You should also state when you’re available to start.
  • In the second paragraph, you should convey to the employer why you are interested in that type of work and why the company attracts you.
  • In the third section of your cover letter, you should summarise your strength and how they are advantageous to the organisation. Convey how your skills relate to the requirements of the job.
  • In the last section of your Cover Letter you should relay any dates that you are unable to attend and interview, inform them that you have attached the CV and thank the employer and say that you are looking forward to hearing from them soon.
  • If you know the name of the person and have used it at the start, then you should use “Yours Sincerely” but if you don’t know the name and have used “Dear Sir or Madam” then you should end your cover letter with “Yours faithfully”.

 

A cover letter should...

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  • Use a good layout ensuring that your content is easy to read
  • Be put into the body of your email if you are emailing someone your CV
  • Be clear and to the point
  • Never be longer than one side of A4
  • Not use formal long winding clichés
  • Be checked repetitively for spelling and grammar mistakes
  • Tell the reader why they should see you
  • Be individual to ensure that it appears personally addressed to the reader
  • Demonstrate how you meet the job criteria and your understanding of the job and organisation
  • Show the employer that you have the skills appropriate for the job
  • Ideally be addressed to a specific person rather than using “Dear sir or Madam”
 
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