How to write a cover letter
Some job applications will ask you for a cover letter. Some won’t, but that’s just company policy and nothing for you to worry about! But if they do ask, you need to make sure it’s spot on as this is a great way to sell yourself. Make sure it’s relevant to the job, and take heed of these top tips…
- Just like your CV, you will need to tweak your cover letter to reflect each job you apply for, making it suit that particular employer.
TOP TIP: Look at any skills mentioned in the job description and tweak your cover letter to show you have these exact skills!
- Have a draft (rough) copy saved on your computer so you can customise it to suit each job or opportunity you apply for.
- Make sure your spelling and grammar is spot-on. If an employer sees an error, they may not look at your CV. You can get friends or family to look over your cover letter before you lick the envelope, hit the ‘apply’ button or press ‘send’.
- Address your cover letter to a named person if possible. If not, use ‘Dear Sir/Madam’.
- Tell the employer why you’re writing to them, e.g. “I’m writing to apply for the role of…”
- Explain what interests you about the job. This is your chance to show your passion for the opportunity you’re applying for, your understanding of the role, and your commitment/suitability!
- Point out any key skills, experience and/or qualifications you have that are relevant to that particular job.
- Explain why you want to work for the company and what you can bring as an individual. In this part of the cover letter you can show you’ve researched the company and know what it does – employers like this level of dedication.
- End the letter in a positive way, expressing your willingness to discuss your application at interview.
- Your cover letter needs to say everything you need to say, but it doesn’t have to be an essay. Three or four paragraphs should be enough.
- Read your finished masterpiece through lots of times to ensure it makes sense, reads well, sticks to the point and is error-free. Remember, every line should show the employer why you’re perfect for the job!
- End the letter with ‘Yours faithfully’ or ‘Yours sincerely’ and your name.
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